Biblical archeology is a subset of the social science that seeks artifacts and information from ancient civilizations that illuminate the time and culture when the Bible was written. Paper Masters will help you flush out the important issues in the geography and archeology of current and past findings.
Most, if not all of Biblical archaeology takes place in the Middle East, especially in the nation of Israel, frequently known as the "Holy Land."
The Bible, as a series of books, was written between 2000 BCE and 100 CE, in and around Palestine. It seeks to create a better picture of the people and civilizations that inhabited ancient Palestine, often seeking to find the exact site where a certain Biblical story takes place. Originally, many Biblical archaeologists were seeking to prove that Bible and its stories were true, but modern scientific explorations have moved away from blatant, overt religiosity.
Biblical archaeology is used to provide greater information about the governments, battles, people and towns described in the Old and New Testaments. It also provides specific information on certain places described in the Bible, such as the Pool of Bethesda, described in the Gospel of John, or Hezekiah's Tunnel, built during the reign of Hezekiah of Judah and mentioned in the Second book of Kings.
Some of the more famous sites and artifacts in Biblical archaeology include:
- The Walls of Jericho
- The caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
- The Merneptah Stele, the earliest recorded use of the word "Israel"