In 1959, archaeologist Nelson Glueck wrote: “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference.” Recent discoveries continue to validate Scripture.
Archaeologists continue to unearth new finds across the Middle East that confirm the historical veracity of biblical claims and the validity of Holy Scripture.
Archeologist Nelson Glueck further stated that “scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible.” He was right. Recent finds continue to show verification of Bible history that is only increasing the amount of archaeological proof, not the other way around.
Archaeological finds in the Middle East, and in Israel in particular, have been increasing rapidly, especially within the last two years. Many of these have been accidental through construction or other projects. In 2020 alone, numerous exciting archaeological discoveries were made that coincide with accounts found in biblical writings.
#1. New Dead Sea Scrolls discovered. For the first time in over sixty years, archaeologists from the Israeli government announced that excavators discovered new biblical scrolls near the Dead Sea, as well as a 6,000-year-old mummified child and what they believe is the world’s oldest fully intact basket, which dates back about 10,500 years, NPR reported. One of the verses of the biblical fragments was from Zechariah 8:16.
#2. Church where Jesus handed Peter the keys. Archaeologists uncovered what appears to be a structure on top of ancient pagan temple at Banias in northern Israel. This is where Jesus said to Peter:
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
#3. Early church discovered. At the foot of Mount Tabor, which the New Testament claims is the site of Jesus’ transfiguration, archaeologists unearthed a 1,300-year-old Byzantine church.
Archaeologists discovered colorful floor mosaics in geometric patterns, the Times of Israel reported. The church is believed to have been built in the sixth century.
#4. Long lost city of Bethsaida? An archaeological dig at the Et-Tell archaeological site in northern Israel unearthed a town that archaeologists believe may be the location of the ancient city of Bethsaida. The town is mentioned more in the New Testament than any other city except for Jerusalem and Capernaum. Archaeologists also found ancient fishing equipment among the ruins.