The Babylonian Invasion In Archeology – Part 1: Jerusalem Falls

The Babylonian invasion of Judah is one of the most momentous events in the history of Israel. It resulted in the destruction of the capital Jerusalem, the exile of the population to a foreign land, the end of independent rule by kings from the house of David and most importantly, the destruction of the glorious temple built by King Solomon. There was a controversy at one time about whether the Bible exaggerated the event. Some today still might still dispute certain details, but the archaeological evidence is clear, there can be no doubt as to whether those events occurred. Continue reading

King Hezekiah’s Seal Discovered

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Screen Capture from cnn.com

Post 19 – You may have seen a headline like this early in December? The Biblical King being referenced is none other than Hezekiah. The clay seal or “bulla” was found near the Temple Mount in what seems to have been an ancient dump site. The clay seal would have secured a string around a rolled Continue reading

The Burial Places Of The Kings Discovered?

PhotoGrid_1458878794453 (1) Post 17 – Where are the “burial places of the kings” (2 Chronicles 21:20)? On a hill to the west of the City of David is a building that claims to house King David’s tomb and inside you will see Jews praying next to it (Top). However, most Jews recognize that this couldn’t possibly be his tomb. The building is Continue reading

Where Did The Treasure Of Solomon Go?

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Statuette photo credit Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund (CC BY),  Brooklyn Museum. Painting by David Roberts, c.1838 {{PD}} Wikimedia Commons.

Post 16 – This week in #weeklybiblereadingarcheology, technically has to do with last week’s Bible reading, but close enough! Where did the immense wealth and treasure of King Solomon go? To Egypt! After the death of Solomon, his feckless and reckless son Rehoboam took the throne. Continue reading

Pharoah Shishak’s Invasion in Archeology

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Outer photo by the UCLA Digital Karnak project, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5).

Post 15 – As recorded in 2 Chronicles chapter 12 (and 1 Kings 14:25), early in the reign of King Rehoboam, the newly separate Kingdom of Judah is invaded by Shishak of Egypt. Is there any evidence for this in the archeological record? On the wall of the temple of Amon-Ra in Karnak Egypt, there is a Continue reading