About this website:
Revealing the world of biblical history.
Mission: The purpose of the Bible Archaeology Report is to highlight archaeological findings that demonstrate the historical reliability of the Bible.
I hope to make biblical archaeology more accessible to the average person, and in particular, the younger generations. Most of the articles tend to be shorter “listicles” (short list articles) designed to be read in under five minutes.
Presuppositions about Archaeology: Archaeology itself neither “proves” or “disproves” the Bible. However, over the past 150 years hundreds of discoveries in the Holy Lands have demonstrated again and again that the Bible is a historically reliable document.
This isn’t to deny that there are many dissenting voices in the archaeological community who would deny the veracity of Scripture. Indeed many Bible minimalists (those who believe that the Bible is of minimal value historically) have written extensively on the perceived contradictions and inaccuracies. I believe that each objection has been satisfactorily answered by biblical archaeologists who hold a high view of Scripture.
That there is a discrepancy in the views of the historical reliability of the biblical text aught not come as a surprise. In the first place, the old adage, “Ask any two archaeologists and you’ll get three opinions” is true. In the second place, scholars estimate that archaeology is about 10% excavation and 90% interpretation. This is why two archaeologists can look at the same contextual data and come to two very different conclusions. Furthermore, only 5-10% of biblical sites have been excavated. This means that 90+% of the remains of the places, people, cultures, and events mentioned in the Bible remain buried beneath the sands of time. Thus, it ought not surprise us that many biblical details are uncorroborated by archaeology.
That said, I believe enough work has been done in the past century and a half to conclude that the Bible, when properly understood, is a historically accurate document, when archaeology is rightly interpreted.
Consider the following quotes from prominent archaeologists:
“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical description has often led to amazing discoveries.” – Dr. Nelson Glueck (quoted in Rivers in the Desert, by Dr. Nelson Glueck)
“There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition.” – Dr. William F. Albright (Quoted in Archaeology and the Religions of Israel, by Dr. William F. Albright)
“In every instance where the findings of archaeology pertain to the Biblical record, the archaeological evidence confirms, sometimes in detailed fashion, the historical accuracy of Scripture. In those instances where the archaeological findings seem to be at variance with the Bible, the discrepancy lies with the archaeological evidence, i.e., improper interpretation, lack of evidence, etc. — not with the Bible.” ~Dr. Bryant C. Wood, Archaeologist (quoted in Contending for the Faith, by Christopher H.K. Persaud)
“Again and again, archaeological evidence illustrates the historical accuracy of what he Bible says about ancient people, places and events. From Joseph in Egypt to King David in Israel to Daniel in Babylon – archaeology and the Bible tell the same story.” ~Archaeologist, Gary Byers (Personal Correspondence)
“After 150 years of archaeology in Israel, hundreds of synchronisms [connections] between the material culture and the biblical text have been established. At this point, it takes more faith to believe that the Bible is not true than to believe that it is true” ~Dr. Scott Stripling (Personal Correspondence)
My name is Bryan Windle, and I am a pastor, youth leader and Bible teacher in Northern Ontario, Canada. My wife, Jennifer, and I have four children and currently live in Richards Landing on St. Joseph Island. I have the privilege of serving as the Pastor at Island Bible Chapel (IslandBibleChapel.com). As a Bible Teacher, I love to highlight the historical context of each passage and reveal how archaeology helps us understand the text.
Before I was a pastor, I spent 13 years as the Managing Director of Camp Aush-Bik-Koong (campabk.com) and before that 8 years as an elementary school teacher on Manitoulin Island.
I can be reached by email me at email@example.com.
I have the honour of serving as a Staff Researcher and writer for the Associates for Biblical Research (biblearchaeology.org), a group of scholars and archaeologists who are dedicated to demonstrating the historical reliability through archaeological and biblical research. I write a weekly Current Events column that you can read here: https://biblearchaeology.org/current-events-list
In 2018 a friend of mine and I co-founded the Ready Answers Apologetics Conference (ReadyAnswers.ca). Our goal is to equip saints and educate skeptics by providing answers that demonstrate the reliability of Scripture and a defense of Christianity.
I used to host a weekly podcast called Digging for Truth on Hope Stream Radio. You can listen to these 10-minute podcasts here: http://hopestreamradio.com/program/digging-for-truth/