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Time and again, archaeological discoveries prove the Bible to be historically accurate - as well as scientifically accurate. Consider the following quotes...
There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.
I claim to be an historian. My approach to Classics is historical. And I tell you that the
If the New Testament were a collection of secular writings, their authenticity would
There exists no document from the ancient world, witnessed by so excellent a set of
For the New Testament of Acts, the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming.
A Flood of Evidence
What documented evidence supports the biblical record of the universal flood?
1. 88% of them single out a favoured individual or family.
The assertion that many of these flood stories came from contacts with missionaries will not stand up because most of them were gathered by anthropologists not interested in vindicating the Bible. Moreover, they are filled with fanciful and pagan elements, evidently the result of transmission for extended periods of time in a pagan society. A third factor is that the ancient accounts were written by people very much in opposition to the Hebrew-Christian tradition.
Most important of all the flood stories is the Babylonian account. Interest in it rises because it comes from the same Semitic context and the same geographical area as the Genesis narrative and because it is similar to the Genesis account in so many ways.
The Babylonian flood story was part of the library of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (668 - 627 B.C.) found during the British excavations at Nineveh in 1853 and 1873. The story was the eleventh tablet of a twelve-tablet piece entitled the Gilgamesh Epic, an account of Gilgamesh's search for immortality. Gilgamesh (king of Uruk, biblical Erech) interviewed Utnapishtim, the "Babylonian Noah," and learned from him the story of the flood and his securing of immortality.
Subsequently an early Akkadian story of the flood, written in Mesopotamia about 1600 B.C. and known as the Atra-hasis Epic, and a Sumerian version of the Babylonian flood story (dating circa 1700 B.C.) have come to light. The story in all these texts is similar and the flood hero is known variously as Ziusudra in Sumeria and Atra-hasis or Utnapishtim in Akkadian.
Up Tight about the Hittite
to the Bible a nation called the Hittites lived about 4. It suggested
that they lived nearly 2000 years BC (Genesis 23:10). For a long time,
people such as archaeologists and historians, said the Bible was wrong
because there was no mention of the Hittites outside of the Bible.
A Pagan Prism that supports Bible Belief
Why is the "Taylor Prism" so important?
Taylor's Prism, also known as the Sennacherib Prism, discovered about 1850, records Sennacherib's invasion of Judah, and mentions king Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:13-16; Isaiah 36:1).
Sennacherib was king of Assyria and Babylonia from 705 to 681 B.C., the son of Sargon II and father of Esarhaddon. He besieged Jerusalem in the days of Hezekiah. Sennacherib left copious records of his reign, the final edition of his annals being known as the Taylor Prism, and a better copy known as the Oriental Institute Prism.
These remains tell us a lot about his military campaigns, his buildings projects, his literary ability, his invasion of Judah and his death.
The account of the siege of Jerusalem has so often been quoted that only a brief portion will bear quoting: "As for Hezekiah the Judean who did not submit to my yoke, 46 of his strong, walled cities, as well as the small cities in their neighbourhood, which were without number, by escalade and by bringing up siege engines, by attacking and storming on foot, by mines, tunnels, and breaches, I besieged and took...Himself like a caged bird I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city."
Evidently the Taylor Prism is important because it parallels so closely the biblical record of this king's conquests and life. If corroboration is needed to the biblical record, we do have three-dimensional evidence from the pagan king himself.
[Information on the flood and Hezekiah were sourced from Truth for Today by Paul Mizzi, http://www.tecmalta.org/tft301.htm]