Archaeological discoveries are occurring all the time that validate events, locations and architecture reported in the Bible. A report by the world video Bible school spoke on several studies that offer confirmation.
As technology improves, so does the ability to discover and validate history. However, one of the most remarkable was entirely by accident in 1946. Today, discoveries continue to be made showing that locations, architecture, and events described in the Bible as history existed. Here are a few of those.
One of the most important Bible-related discoveries was that of the Dead Sea Scrolls (also the Qumran Caves Scrolls) in Qumran Caves in the Judaean Desert, near Ein Feshkha on the northern shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank. This discovery, the bulk of which occurred between 1946 and 1956, proved the consistency of ancient Jewish and Hebrew manuscripts going back 2000 years. The scrolls have been dated between the last three centuries BCE and the first century CE. In addition to other Old Testament manuscripts, a number of manuscripts belonging to the Apocrypha were also found.
In the New Testament, it speaks of the governor of the Roman province of Judea, Pontius Pilate, known for presiding over the trial of Jesus Christ and later ordering his crucifixion. However, historical evidence for Pilate has been scarce in proving his existence.
An archaeological discovery made while excavating an ancient Roman theater in Caesarea, Israel, in 1961 offered new proof. A dedication stone known as the Pilate Stone or Pilate Inscription unearthed reads: “To the Divine Augusti [this] Tiberium, Pontius Pilate, prefect of Judea, has dedicated [this].” The weathered artifact was found in a theater built by the decree of King Herod around 10 BC. It was known that Pilate had his base of operations in Caesarea, which replaced Jerusalem as the administrative capital of Judea in 6 AD, UCatholic reports.
One argument skeptics like to make is that Jesus couldn’t have existed because there was no town of Nazareth in the first century. However, an archaeological discovery was made in 2009 that a small house was found in Nazareth dating to the first century, the New York Post reported.
In 2020, the BBC reported that another house in the Nazareth area was located beneath a Byzantine-era church that lies beneath the convent. Actually, it was accidentally discovered earlier by nuns who, in 1881, happened upon an ancient cistern during the building of the sisters of Nazareth convent but did not understand what they had stumbled upon, artnet reports.
If you’re interested in seeing more discoveries that confirm events, location, and architecture mentioned in the Bible, check out this video called “9 Discoveries that Confirm the Bible” by world video Bible school on YouTube.