So what is archaeology and why is it important for biblical studies? Such questions have enjoyed a recent revival, particularly in light of a few recent media blitzes in response to archaeological data that impacts how one views Scripture’s credibility and truthfulness. Archaeology deals with empirical data that illuminates history and can aid interpretation by illuminating realities that inform one’s understanding of the text.
Has the site of Jesus' baptism been discovered? In this video, Ben Witherington III shares about a new archaeological site where early Christians would go to get baptized. It is possible that this was a special site for the early church because it is also where Jesus was baptized by John.
What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Brent A. Strawn answers, providing the archaeological background and historical details that make this what some have called the discovery of the century.
Some think that the ancient Israelites were nearly identical to their cultural neighbors, while others claim they were completely different. How similar were they to their neighbors, really? Dr. Bill Arnold outlines the differences and similarities, showing a biblical picture of a nation that lived in the world, but was not of the world.
Why does it matter that ISIS is going around destroying ancient pagan temples? Aren't they better off destroyed anyway? Josh McNall shares why Christians should support the protection of ancient pagan sites.
Is the Shroud of Turin the burial shroud of Jesus? Watch this Seven Minute Seminary with Dr. Ben Witherington III to learn more about the perspective that considers this burial shroud an authentic first century artifact.
Last week, the shrine that houses the traditional site of Jesus' burial was worked on for conservation efforts, and his alleged tomb site opened for the first time in centuries. Read these Seven Quick Facts about Jesus' tomb.