Digging for the Truth

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I thought that it might be helpful today to discuss archeology and it’s impact upon our modern belief in the Bible as God’s book.  Some report that through the findings of archeologist there have been things that have undermined the authority of the scriptures.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, over the past fifty years or so, the attitude of secular archeologists has begun to change substantially.

H.M Orlinsky, in Ancient Israel, discusses a new attitude that has developed regarding the negative results of radical criticism:

“More and more the older view that the biblical data were suspect and even likely to be false, unless corroborated by extra-biblical facts, is giving way to one which holds that, by and large, the biblical accounts are more likely true than false, unless clear cut evidence from outside the bible demonstrate the reverse.

Reformed Jewish scholar Nelson Glueck has affirmed:

“It is worth emphasizing that in all this work no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a single, properly understood biblical statement.”  Archeology does not prove the Bible to be the Word of God.  All it can do is confirm the basic historicity or authenticity of a narrative.  It can show that a certain incident fits into the time it purports to be from.


Millar Burrows of Yale recognized the value of archeology in confirming the authenticity of the scriptures:

“The bible is supported by archaeological evidence again and again.  On the whole, there can be no question that the results of excavation have increased the respect of scholars for the Bible as a collection of historical documents.  The confirmation is both general and specific.  Names of places and persons turn up at the right places and in the right periods.”

What does all of this mean? 

It means that as we learn more and more about the ancient world through the science of Archeology, we are becoming more and more assured of the authenticity of the Bible as God’s word.  While archeology cannot prove that God exists, it is a huge piece in the puzzle of developing a faith that can assure you of  His existence and His presence in your life.

Let’s look at a little more of the book of Mark.

Notice Mark 2:23-28

 23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

 Can you answer these questions?

  1. What were Jesus’ disciples doing on the Sabbath?
  2. What person did Jesus use to justify His disciples’ actions?
  3. What did Jesus say to defend his disciples?
  4. Who is the Lord of the Sabbath?

Do me a favor.  If you are reading this blog, send me an email to Revroyrhodes@aol.com to let me know you are out there.


Pastor Roy

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