Does Archaeology Support the Bible? A Look at the Evidence

by Jack Wellman on July 28, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Is there archaeological evidence to support the authenticity of the Bible?  Are there actual archaeological digs that have unearthed artifacts that are relevant to the recorded stories in the Bible?  Here is an actual look at real evidence that has been discovered by archaeologists.

What is Archaeology?

Archaeology is a science. It is the scientific study of material remains that authenticate the remains of human activities, civilizations, and life.  The finds include fossils, artifacts like tools or utensils, scrolls, hieroglyphs, weapons of war, structures and so forth.  Archaeology is the discovery of empirical evidence that verifies what has been recorded in historical accounts, traditions, and by eye witness testimonies that have been passed down through generations.  This branch of science can produce concrete validations of what has happened or occurred in the past, even thousands of years ago. Archaeology is like an underground history book; the deeper you go, the further you go back into time.

Does Archeology Support The Bible

Archaeology is demonstrating that the Bible is truly reliable and accurate as written.

Archaeology and the Bible

The Bible is a book that is full of historical accounts covering thousands of years and multiple nations and peoples.  Every year there is a significant find that is tied to recorded events that are written down in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Due to the massive amounts of archaeological finds, this article can never hope to cover all of these finds that have been unearthed over the last few thousand years.  The mountainous collection of artifacts show indisputable evidence that the Bible is true and what was recorded actually happened in the places and times that the Bible states that they did.  The many thousands of archaeological finds have provided solid evidence for the reliability of the Scriptures and biblical scholars have used much of this evidence to further their study of the Bible.

Every year we find another significant find in the Middle East, Africa, and in Europe.  These artifacts that have been unearthed are specifically mentioned in the Old Testament and the New Testament.  There is no way possible that we can mention every single one of these artifacts in one article.  It would take hundreds of books to hold all of the finds that validate the Bible as a true historical record.  Let’s look at only a few since space does not allow us to include them all.

Herod’s Inscription

 Ehud Netzer found a piece of broken pottery at Masada with an inscription that read, “Herod the Great King of the Jews” and dated to the time that he was ruling in 19 B.C. which fit’s the time period mentioned in the Bible (Luke 1:5, Matthew 2).

Caiaphas’ Ossuary

In November, 1990, the bones of Caiaphas the high priest were found in Peace Forest, just south of Jerusalem in an ossuary with the name Caiaphas on it.  The Jewish historian Josephus mentioned Josephus Caiaphas, a high priest who served around A.D. 18-36.  This time period fits exactly the time that Jesus was convicted by the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem and later crucified by the Romans.

Seal of Abdi

A seal with the inscription “Belonging to Abdi servant of Hoshea” was found in Israel and dated to the 8th century B.C.  Hoshea was the very last King of Israel before the Assyrians invaded and conquered the nation.  The inscription of the seal matches the date of Hoshea’s reign from 731-722 B.C. which fits perfectly with that which is recorded in the Old Testament.

Babylonian Empire

The ancient capital of the Babylonian Empire covers nearly 3,000 acres and is about 55 miles south of current-day city of Baghdad in Iraq. These discovered ruins include the famous ziggurat structures, the Tower of Babel, and the Palace of King Nebuchadnezzar.  The ruins describe what is written in the Old Testament, exactly as it was found in archaeological finds.

The House of David

A team of archaeologists headed by Dr. Avraham Biran, working in the Upper Galilee region, found written references to “The House of David” in both the Hebrew and Aramaic languages.  Dr. Biran commented that, “This is the earliest archaeological mention of King David.”  These inscriptions also mention part of the Royal lineage of Israel and other Jewish Kings mentioned in the Old Testament and in the exact order that they are mentioned in 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles.

Herod’s Jewish Temple

In excavations near Jerusalem in 2009, archaeologists uncovered what they believe to be part of a much larger network of quarries used by Herod in the city. The ancient quarry is where they believe King Herod extracted stones for the construction of the Jewish Temple which was dated around 2,000 years ago.  This fits perfectly with the account of the New Testament gospels.

The Elba Archive

In the 1970 the Elba Archive was discovered in Northern Syria.  Contained in this archive is a listing of the patriarch’s accounts of places that they lived.  For example, these documents, dated around 2300 B.C., mention Canaan and the customs of those who lived in the time of Moses as described in the Old Testament.  Clay tablets from Mari and Nuzi give much the same information and the time period of these archives and tablets are consistent with the patriarchs mentioned in Genesis.

The Granite Column of Solomon

An ancient column that is credited to Solomon mentions Mizoram (Hebrew name for Egypt) and the words in Hebrew of death, water, Edom, Yahweh, and Solomon.  Interestingly, this column was found near the Red Sea where tradition has it was the place where Israel crossed over at.

Egyptian Chariot Wheels in the Red Sea

Numerous chariot wheels have been discovered in the Red Sea near the place where the Israelites crossed.  Horse’s hoofs were also found even though horses have been absent from this area for thousands of years.  Archaeologists have discovered four, six, and eight spoke wheels that match those used by the Egyptians during the Exodus time period and there were hundreds of human bones found in this same area.   The chariot wheels, the horse’s hoofs, and the bones date from around 1446 B.C., the time in which the Exodus took place.

Conclusion

The number of archaeological support for the Bible continues to swell, year after year.  Today, well over 50,000 digs at 30,000 different locations have been excavated.  These finds continue to provide substantial support of the Bible’s written record.  Some of the finds include Belshazzar, King Darius, and King Cyrus’ being mentioned by name. What were once thought to be mythological empires mentioned in the Old Testament, like the Hittite’s, have been found to have existed after all.  King David’s reign was found recorded on ancient Egyptian inscriptions, evidence of the Regal House of Nebuchadnezzar, and a stone tablet bearing Pontius Pilate’s name.

Archaeology is demonstrating that the Bible is truly reliable and accurate as written.  The historical accounts of the Bible match the archaeological discoveries with amazing accuracy.  Archaeology supports what the Bible records and more archaeological treasures seem to arrive every year now.  These finds are not surprising to Christians but for those who don’t believe the Bible, it is indisputable evidence that the Bible is true and Word of God is certain.  In this, there can be no doubt.

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Derek Hill July 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

Great job once again Jack. Archaeology gives tangible proof of the faith we profess. I love reading these kinds of articles. Do you recommend any books or documentation on this topic? I would love to read more on it. This was a very interesting and educational article. God Bless!

In His Name always,
Derek

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Jack Wellman July 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Thank you so much Derek. What is exciting to me is that the more we discover in archeological finds and in historical evidence, the more we understand that our faith in not based upon a hope-so but a know-so. Thank you brother.

As for recommending books the Great Commission Illustrated (GCI) Books & Photos is awesome but I can not remember the author’s name. Amazon probably could help. My first little paperback that was press-printed is called “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design: Empirical Methodologies and the Bible” that is full of empirical evidence that is quantifiable, verifiable, and measurable evidences of scientific, archeological, paleontological, historical, manuscriptive, and more evidence that is concrete proof for a Creator and a creation and that the Bible is totally truthful. I can send a free eBook of it if you wish. Thank you Derek.

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Derek Hill July 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

An eBook would be amazing! Thank you very much Jack! This realm of scientific discovery has always been extremely interesting to me. Looking forward to reading it!!

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Jack Wellman July 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Dereck, its on the way via your email. Thanks brother.

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Amy July 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

yet Athiests and Agnostics keep debating the idea of God and the bible and will probably make their own assumptions so they don’t have to believe the conclusion that the bible is the word of God and that there is a God.

How can we fight them objective arguments???

Can I have a free ebook too please…..

Thank you.

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Jack Wellman July 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

The book is on the way Amy. Thanks friend. Please note that we don’t have to fight with atheists really. Just provide some objective arguments, as you say, and let them wrestle with it. Please check this out too. Its an article called “Did the Universe Come Into Existence by Chance?”

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/did-the-universe-come-into-existence-by-chance/

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Judy Sandness July 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I really loved reading these validations of the truth of the Bible. It is comforting. Thank You, Judy

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Jack Wellman July 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Thank you Judy. I love historical evidence but also archeological, paleontological, and more evidence that gives us a reason for the hope that is within us is real and not just imagined or man-made.

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jennifer July 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

This is amazing!!!!

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Jack Wellman July 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thank you Jennifer…truly, our God is an amazing God and is fully trustworthy as His Word, the Bible.

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Phill July 29, 2012 at 2:47 am

well of course it supports the bible… the bible’s entire timeline was around the area of all those archaeological sites… so of course a few things are going to “seem” to match up. make a story that doesn’t state the obvious please…

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Jack Wellman July 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Phill, thank you sir but these may seem obvious to some but not everyone knows about these things. Many of these articles are intended for non-believers so that they might know! I didn’t make up a story, it is already written.

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Robert Driskell July 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Thank you Jack,
I think what many skeptics of the Bible don’t realize is that false religions also make claims to historic events which never happened. This tends to make those claims less than trustworthy. The Bible is full of people, places, and events that have verifiable archaeological and historical evidences to back it up. On this fact alone, many false religions have their foundations pulled from under them. The Bible rests on the solid foundation of verifiable historical facts. Once again, an interesting and informative article. Thank you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman July 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thank you sir. To me, compared to say the Latter Day Saints book of Mormon, there is real empirical, verifiable, historical evidence that validates the Bible to be true. That is the primary difference between the Bible and other religions of the world. Thank you for saying that Robert.

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Amy July 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

the bible mentions something about earth being on springs and that it is only standing in water or something which means to me that the earth can easily collapse if it is only standing in water and that would make it possible for floods etc.

Is the earth flat and why?

I came across some creatures that I have never seen in my whole life and neighther have my family, honest to God so what is the explaination if they did not evolve? I am not lying, I would recognise the creature if I saw it before.

Very impressive. I hope they are sure of their findings. That is the reason I want to do archaeology so I can help dig and discover things for myself and I think I would be a big help to christians because I would look for anything I can find and won’t stop until there is no more left. lol It would really strengthen my faith.

I would like to do theology also because I want to be able to interpret the scripture and be aware of warnings etc so that I am not just following the crowd or being a victim of sheeps clothing prophecies and bibles.

I plan to focus more on revelation than on Jesus life because of the dangers of hell and God’s wrath and I will teach about Jesus love, promises and salvation, Godliness, the crucification and Jesus’s relationship with the father.

I am willing to help spread the word and am willing to reach places where the word isn’t being spread or reached for it is my responsibility and salvation to do so.

Relevation is not mentioned in any churches but the love of God, the promise of heaven and his crucifiction are. I am very concerned about this but I can’t do anything because I am not a preacher, pastor, pope, litarcy, minister or priest or bishop and unless the wrong words are being teached than I must follow the leader by taking the role as a helper and keeping my mouth shut…….

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Amy August 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hmmmmm what exactly is wrong with Judism then?

There is no condemnation in it and it seems more peaceful and loving……

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Jack Wellman August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Hi Amy….I am most certainly not condemning Judaism at all. In fact, we owe “oracles of God” to this nation and God has not finished with the Jewish nation at all. The only thing missing from Judaism is the fact that they have not accepted the Jesus Christ is the Messiah and there is salvation in no other Person or Name that His (Acts 4:12, 16:30-31). Thank you Amy.

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phishing4men August 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

They need to repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone otherwise all else is vain.

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Bill Hope August 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I think one of the best resources I’ve ever bought was the Zonderan Archeological Study Bible–It comes in either the NIV or the KJV and it’s just fascinating.

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Jack Wellman August 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Say Bill, this is a great resource and I actually have it in my personal library. Superb recommendation and spot on the mark my friend. Thank you so much for you excellent recommendation my friend and to contributing to this post so very much. Have a blessed weekend, or as I sometimes say, as a bi-vocational pastor, a “weak-end.” LOL

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Bill Hope August 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

My ONLY problem is I get informational ADD with it because the articles are so fascinating that I don’t use it as a Bible. But it’s really good to use when you’re talking to people about how the Bible is based in history.

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Devassy August 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Common sense is more than enough to understand the Word of God is true. There is no other books in history without any particular title and begin with creation and ending with human destiny. No other book speak clearly about sin and it remission through holy blood. All human flesh has lust but Jesus not and his promises are fulfilled the one who obeys it.

If I don’t accept the truth it will never change and His glory will never reduce, he cannot change his attitude. None is required to teach him how to run the universe.

No books ever matched with the Word of God and never ever any can match it, because it is final.

God Bless you all for His mighty service.

Lovingly in Christ Jesus.

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Jack Wellman August 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Devassy, what a powerful comment that I wish I had the common sense to put into this article. You have said in such few words what I could not in an entire article and I thank you and I thank God FOR you. Wow. That’s good.

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Bill Hope August 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Well the one this I’ve learned over the years in historical and philosophical studies is that you have to start with the big picture and get down to the small one…..If you can start a logical train of thought starting with the existance of God and then work your way down to the evidence of how God has worked in history ultimately to the historical basis of Jesus Christ and how EVERYTHING in the Bible is true and accurate you can win that person over.

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Judy E. Harrell October 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

This is a great article to share with young folks who are being fed so many lies by the media and in school. I will feature it on facebook for my family to view.

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Jack Wellman October 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Wow Judy. You are so kind. I believe that Jesus is an historical fact, just as the Bible is true and that history is God’s story or His-story! Thank you friend.

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Mr A Cotton November 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

You find it very hard to understand the miracles that happened especially in the Old Testament. Most people including myself find them very hard to believe. What changed my mind was one of the biggest miracles God made was the parting of the Red Sea. I was watching a documentary about this one,and divers went down to the bottom of the sea where God parted the Red Sea. They were on the bottom quite a while lifting up the sand,until one of them found something. They went back up to the surface to examine it more throughly.
They cleaned it all up and they were amazed to find it was part of a Egyptian Chariot Wheel dated about that time.
They did other dives and came up with spear heads,and quite a bit of other evidence dated at that time.
I believed it happened,but this was concrete evidence that it really happened. They left it open?

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ANtiocyus February 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

ron wyatt and michael rood are known frauds

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Jack Wellman February 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

You are spot on the mark of truth there my friend. I concur.

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Jack Wellman February 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I would trust God’s Word over any human documentary since they have an agenda and so they maybe did leave it open because they can’t believe in the supernatural because then they would have to admit that they are sinners in need of a Savior. I believe what the Bible says because God can not lie.

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Lujack Skylark January 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

JOSEPH 7 YEAR FAMINE

Joseph lived for 110 years 1741-1631 B.C. (Genesis 50:26) Joseph age 30 (Genesis 41:40-46) became governor of Egypt in 1711 B.C. There was 7 years of great harvest and the second year of famine Joseph age 39 in 1702 B.C. met his father Jacob age 130 (Genesis 47:9) in Egypt. Global famine 1704-1697 B.C. (Genesis 41:1-57)

(1) Jacob brought the starving Hebrew people into Egypt settling near Biblical On (Genesis 41:45) Heliopolis, Egypt in 1702 B.C.

(2) Starving Hyksos Canaanite chieftain Sheshi lead his people into Avaris, Egypt trading their horses for bread (Genesis 47:13-17) in 1702 B.C. during the world famine. (Genesis 41:57)

(3) Starving Minoans from Crete also settle in Egypt’s delta in 1700 B.C. Other Minoans migrate to mainland Greece in 1700 B.C. spreading their Minoan culture there.

(4) Starving Indo-European Sealanders invade Amorite Babylon king Abi-Eshuh 1710-1684 B.C. settling in southern Babylonia in 1700 B.C. Abi-Eshuh dams up the Tigris river trying to starve the Sealanders out.

(5) Starving Indo-European tribes invade Dravidan dominated India in 1700 B.C. Indo-Europeans destroy the Dravidan Mohenjo-Daro civilizatin in 1700 B.C.

(6)Starving Indo-European tribes invade western China in 1700 B.C. Chinese archaelogist discovered Indo-European mummies in western China. The Indo-Europeans introduced the Chinese to the horse driven chariot. NOTE: Indo-European Kassites were first to use the horse driven chariot attacking Babylon in the reign of Amorite Babylon king Samsu-iluna 1750-1711 B.C. in his 9th year in 1741 B.C. NOTE: Joseph age 30 was given the Egyptian pharaoh’s 2nd chariot in 1711 B.C. (Genesis 41:43)

(7) Chinese Shang Dynasty very early in the dynasty recorded a 7 year famine verifying Joseph’s account of the 7 year global famine in Egypt. (Genesis 41:57)

(8) The American agricultural Indians establish the Poverty Point Mound Culture in Louisiana in 1700 B.C. building their first city in North America during the world famine.

(9) Olmecs migrate into the Yucatan Peninsula in 1700 B.C. Archaeologist state the Olmecs invented plumbing and the Olmecs were interested in water conservtion at this time in world history.

(10) Joseph’s account of the world famine (Genesis 41:57) is supported by archaelogy and the migrations of ancient people’s in 1700 B.C. Why not pass this information along to people who are interested in Biblical history.

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Jack Wellman January 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Wow Lujack . That is fantastic. I am still learning and you helped me and all of us immensely. What an amazing thing to see such historical accuracy that lines up with what the Bible has written. “Why not pass this information along to people who are interested in Biblical history?” You just did! Well done and I thank you and I thank God for you Lujack.

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Antiochos February 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

migration=/= starving my friend and you got a lot of those dates wrong as well, and why would the natives of america bulid large cities during famines? I dont think you would have the rescources to spare during that time also However archeological evidence shows that small scale use of the chariot began around 1200 BCE in the late Shang Dynasty, the Minoans did not visit mainland greece in 1700 Bc it was much later and what records show of a famin in the early shang dynasty ive looked at the records of the grand historian and the bambo annals… and i cant find this info of what you speak

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Jack Wellman February 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Thank you Antiochos. From what I have found some of the earliest chariots prototypes were also built in Mesopotamia as early as 3000 BC. but had spread even to Egypt by around 1,500 BC. The oldest testimony of chariot warfare in the ancient Near East is the Old Hittite Anitta text (18th century BC). The chariot and horse were introduced to Egypt by the Hyksos invaders in the 16th century BC and undoubtedly contributed to the military success of the Egyptians and according to historical records, the Egyptians invented the yoke saddle for their chariot horses in 1500 BC. That is what I have found during my research.

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Tom February 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Amorite Babylonian king Samsu-iluna 1750-1711 B.C. was attacked by Kassites in his ninth year 1741 B.C. riding in horse driven chariots.

The Middle-East did have chariots around 3000 B.C. but they were donkey driven chariots. By 1800 B.C. the minature sized horses were surpassed by a breed which had the strength to pull chariots. By 1741 B.C. the Kassites from Iran appear first in history to have used them in warfare.

Joseph’s lifespan was 1741-1631 B.C. Do you believe the Egyptians told the truth about their chronology? The Egyptians even struck Joseph’s name from all Egyptian records before Moses was born (Exodus 1:8) so I would not trust Egyptian chronology.

Egyptian king Amenemhet III (1842-1797 B.C.) must have reigned around 1685-1640 B.C. since Amenemhet III completed the canal called Bahr Yusef (Joseph’s canal) Joseph first served Senusret III 1724-1685 B.C. 39 year reign (according to the Oxford History of Egypt Ian Shaw 2000 A.D.) who had annexed Canaan. Joseph worrked with both the economies of Egypt and Canaan. (Genesis 47:13-17) Senusret III had ties to Shechem, Canaan the city where Jacob and his family fled in Genesis 35:1-6 to Bethel while God terrorized the Amorite cities surrounding Shechem so Jacob & his family could escape. Senusret III skirmish near Shechem is mentioned in Egyptian records.

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Tom February 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Wrong Shang Dynasty emperor Cheng Tang was not in the late Shang Dynasty and he drove a chariot. Cheng Tang was the first emperor of the Shang Dynasty which the beginning varies from 1766 to 1500 B.C. A few weeks ago some Chinese Historians claimed his reign began in 1747 B.C. and other Chinese historians claimed his reign began in 1675 B.C. and they stated Cheng Tang had a seven year famine. This history appears on Google then disappears and reappears. The Chinese acquired the chariot by having contacts with Indo-Europeans to their west.

The Minoan society was collapsing on the island of Crete in 1700 B.C. This history at this writing is still on Google. Some Minoans then fled to the Greek mainland.

Grant Jeffery’s wrote “Signature of God” where he mentions both the Yemen marble tablet inscription and the Yemen stone both confirming Joseph’s seven year famine. (Genesis 41:30)

A horse skeleton was found in Buhen Nubia in 1959 under the ramparts of the fortress built in Senusret III’s reign, so the horse actually appeared in Egypt in Egypt’s 12th dynasty. Joseph served an Egyptian king (Genesis 41:38-43) while the Canaanite Hyksos (Genesis 47:13-17) were enterning Egypt trading their horses for bread. When Joseph was governor of Egypt the horse driven chariot was used for ceremonial purposes. Joseph rode in the Egyptian king’s second chariot (Genesis 41:43) & Egyptian chariots were in the escort when Jacob’s body was moved to Canaan. (Genesis 50:7-9) The 12th dynasty originally was 1991-1785 B.C. yet in Bible chronology its 1843-1628 B.C. since your not likely interested in the Bible its no use going into detail, yet in Amenemhet III’s reign a canal is completed called Bahr Yusef (Joseph’s canal)

Also the Amorite Babylonian king Abi-Eshuh 1710-1684 B.C. had expirienced a seven year famine shortly after Elamite king Kuter-Nahunte raided Babylon and stole the Amorite fertility goddess Nanaja and the Amorite priesthood warned of impending danger. The Sealanders invaded lower Babylonia and Abi-Eshuh damed up the Tigris river during the seven year famine.

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Tony February 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm

first of all if you cant find the source about the Chinese King (not Emperor, that title was not used yet) than why should i believe you? If its not in the most oldest sources of Chinese history than it most likely is not there at all. And chariots did not begin to appear in Chinese history until about 1200 BC or so so how could that king get one? a time machine? With the Babylonian king- where did you get that source, is it reliable? Also i tried looking for info on the Yemen stone tablets for over 2 hours and all ive found are sources that go back to Grant Jeffery’s book! Where are these tablets being held or displayed since according to him they here discovered almost 200 years ago! I mean if they where discovered 200 years ago they should be found more info about them than just in one guy’s book .Also with the horse found they may have known about it but that doesn’t mean they used it in war or even for riding! With the Minoans in about 1700 BC or so seem to have a very high level of organization according to archeologists that is not the sigh of a collapsing nation!

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Tom February 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

The source of the information for Cheng Tang’s seven year famine is: http://www.pureinsight.org/node/1629

Abi-Eshuh 1711-1684 B.C. damning up the Tigris river was in Joan Oates, Babylon. Thames and Hudson 1979 p.110

Grant Jeffery’s had mentioned an Arab man had discovered the Yemen stone when a local flood exposed the rich woman’s tomb in 1850 A.D. Its on an audio recording on Google.

The Minoans were at the height of their power in 1700 B.C. and the Minoan culture spread to the Greek mainland. There were volcanic eruptions and famine causing the migration of some of the people from Crete to migrate to mainland Greece. This information was found on a History Channel.

The volcanic eruptions helped change the climatic conditions causing people’s to migrate to large river systems.

Joseph’s seven year famine (Genesis 41:30) struck
1704-1697 B.C. and the migrations of people headed towards water. Joseph’s father Jacob headed towards the Nile river when the famine struck.

Those who put their faith in God’s word will believe Joseph’s seven year famine was for real and those who don’t believe will have their doubts.

Tom February 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

http://www.pureinsight.org/node/1629 states Cheng Tang was sixteenth century, yet Chinese chronologists have all sorts of beginnings for the beginning of the Shang Dynasty. One popular date for its beginning is 1766 B.C. Cheng Tang was the first king of the Shang Dynasty.

Other Chinese historians on the internet pegged Cheng Tang’s reign beginning in 1747 B.C. or 1675 B.C. Cheng Tang had a seven year famine as mentioned in pure insight.

Babylon king Abi-Eshuh 1710-1684 B.C. date is given by Joan Oates in her book Babylon. Other dates have also been mentioned.

I am going by the seven year famine being pegged at 1704-1697 B.C. (Genesis 41:30)

Those who love the Bible will find the information fascinating and those who are sceptics will always have an excuse not to believe.

Antics February 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

No Tom that source you gave said th story comes from a record in the 4 th century ad….I don’t think that’s every reliable…. It also said that the famine lasted MORE than 7 years….And also where is the yemen stone right now? If Jeffery is your only source than how do I knw he didn’t just make it up? The Crete stuff happened around 1500bc btw

Tom February 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

It was Rev. Charles Forster who wrote the Hamyarite Inscriptions. Novairi second inscription was about a rich woman’s tomb containing the Yemen stone which they found near Mareb. It was an Arab named Ibn Hesham who found the tomb. This is the source where Grant Jeffery’s obtained his research.

The Chinese and Minoans have already been explained in my other comments.

Tony February 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

ok than where is the stone? i think i would be able to find alot more about it than just from Grant Jeffery if it was that important and no the Minoans went extinct around 1450 BC

Tom January 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

The Yemen Marble Tablet inscription also reveals a 7 year famine which archaeologist date to Joseph’s lifetime, thus matching Shang Dynasty China emperor Ching Tang (Cheng Tang) 7 year famine recorded in Chinese annals and these artifacts confirm Genesis 41:30 and Genesis 41:57

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Jack Wellman January 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Thank you so much Tom. We continue to see major finds almost every few months that are confirming what we already know to be true; that the Bible is fully accurate and has veracity unmatched to any other human book every written in the history of mankind. More amazing discoveries here Tom. I was not aware of this find. Thank you so much sir.

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Tom February 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Antics what fourth century record are you refering to?
Cheng Tang was being written about in the very next dynasty called Zhou.

The research said seven years passed. It didn’t say there were years beyond seven.

You believe the record is unreliable and the Chinese are lying?

Jesus Christ came to earth some 2,000 years ago. Do you believe in him? There in the writings of Josephus is the proof Jesus Christ existed. Josephus writings are 2,000 years old.

Archaeologist state the MMII old palace culture was coming to an end on the island of Crete in 1700 B.C. and that a violent earthquake shook the Minoan island of Crete
destroying the palace and some Minoans went to spread their culture to mainland Greece but you can believe what you want to believe. There were volcanic eruptions long before the island of Thera blew up around 1500 B.C.

Grant Jeffery being the only source for the Yemen marble tablet inscription and the Yemen stone. The explorer Cruttendens and the Rev. Charles Forster whom translated the stone might have the answers.

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Tom February 3, 2013 at 7:56 am

Antics, The drought which lasted for seven years caused all the rivers and wells to dry up and killed all the grass and trees.

The drought persisted, the seven years had passed. The seven years passed says nothing about an eight year, ninth year, ten year+ famine.

Ode to Cheng Tang who prayed at the Mulberry Grove written by another Chinese writer stated there was a severe drought which lasted for seven years.

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Lujack Skylark February 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

William Harris Rule and J. Corbet Anderson’s book “Biblical Monuments” 1873 A.D. mentions Joseph’s seven year famine, the Yemen marble tablet inscription and the Yemen stone.

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Tony February 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

that’s the problem… first of all where are the tablets right now? how do i know the writers of that book weren’t lying? since after all i cant find any detailed info about these tablets on the internet and any info i do find come back to grant jeffery and that one source he got it from. Also the guys in the book never said what date the inscriptions are from…

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Tony February 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

“Cheng Tang was being written about in the very next dynasty called Zhou” What records are you talking about?
because i ive found was this The Biographies of Emperors (or Di Wang Shi Ji in Chinese) which was written in the jin dynasty in about 300 ad or so and what does Josephus have to do with this? you do what most experts know about his writings right? the rcord said 7 years had passed aand there was still famine…

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Tom January 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm

The island of Thera was erupting around 1700 B.C. causing a climatic change. What Lujack Skylark missed. (10) The Kushites huddled together south of Egypt forming their kingdom in 1700 B.C. (11) Archaeologist date artifacts in South Africa to a black tribe which migrated there in 1700 B.C. (12) Minoans from Crete established their culture on mainland Greece in 1700 B.C. (13) Indo-Europeans from Russia settled in central Europe formulating the Bronze Culture in 1700 B.C. (14) Nordic northern Europe established a Bronze Culture in 1700 B.C. (15) Some say Stonehenge phase II began in 1700 B.C. (16) Some Hittites migrated to Assyria and adopted the Assyrian cuneiform style of writing in 1700 B.C. (17) Troy VI inhabitants build the walls around their city to keep out starving barbarians in 1700 B.C. (18) Eskimos settle at Devon island for archaeologist find the oldest known early Palaeo-Eskimo portrait of a human on an ivory maskette which they date at 1700 B.C. (19) South America Indians migrate to Bolivia where they establish the city of Tiahuanacu in 1700 B.C. I am sure there are other ties to the worldwide famine we will find as time passes.

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phishing4men February 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

This a very interesting discussion for some I guess, but how is it going to bring anyone to Christ, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation whether you folk convince each other or find the yemen stone. By the way Grant Jefferys was a self appointed prophet that was often wrong in his facts and fore telling of events. There are no prophets in this day as Jefferys described himself, only forth-tellers not fore-tellers(tellers of future events)

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Lujack Skylark February 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Where was Grant Jeffery wrong in his facts and wrong about Bible prophecy?

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antics February 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm

everything

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Lujack Skylark January 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm

The Yemen marble tablet revealed an inscription about people living in a castle during the seven years of plenty and then the seven year famine struck. The Yemen stone was found in a rich woman’s tomb. She had sent her servents to meet Joseph during the seven year famine. (Genesis 41:30) Both the Yemen marble tablet and the Yemen stone are mentioned in Grant Jeffery’s book “Signature of God”.

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Jack Wellman January 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Mr. Skylark, I appreciate your knowledge so much. I perceive that you have a lot of such wisdom and would make a great apologetics evangelizer. I am a father and grandfather and we need young men (I presume you are young) to replace us and be the next generation of men who will stand firm in their assurance that God is Creator and to fight the good fight after we are gone.

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