Archaeology and the Bible – Tel Dan Stele

Tel Dan Stele

Archaeology Confirms Biblical Record

Shiloh University’s position is that science and archaeology will ultimately confirm the biblical record. We have witnessed numerous accounts of this through the past century’s archaeological discoveries. One such discovery was in 1993 when the Tel Dan inscription that references the House of David was found.

Evidence for King David

Many scholars believe the Tel Dan inscription speaks of a military campaign where Hazael, King of Aram, defeated both Jehoram of Israel and Ahaziah of Judah (2 Kings 8). The significance of this discovery is its connection with these events and its mention of King David as the founder of the southern kingdom of Judah. This ninth-century B.C. stone slab (or stela) commemorates the victory of an Aramean king over his two southern neighbors: the “king of Israel” and the “king of the House of David.” Prior to finding the Tel Dan inscription, there was no archaeological evidence of King David from the Bible.

Later in 2013 archaeologists found what many believe to be the palace of King David. Other recent archaeological findings include the Ketef Hinnom scrolls (1979), and the Dead Sea Scrolls (between 1946 and 1956). While our faith does not rest on what can be seen (John 20:29; 2 Cor. 5:7), God is faithful to provide many forms of confirmation of His Word. These archaeological finds, and many others, continue to point to the truthfulness of the Bible, the Word of God.

Further Reading:

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible

King David’s Palace – New Archaeological Evidence Uncovered in Judean Shephelah

Archaeology and the Bible – King Hezekiah

Written by Chris Reeves, President
March 26, 2020

President Reeves is a founding member of Shiloh University’s Board of Trustees and is responsible for the University’s operations and executive leadership.

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