History  Archeology

A large amount of biblical, historical and archaeological resources

Suggested by Théo Truschel

Temple of Herod the Great

Temple of Herod the Great

A philistine cemetery

The Tabernacle

The arch of Titus

Beer Sheva archeological site

Beer Sheva archeological site

Study of the Torah

The Samaritan’s Easter feast

A mosaic in Lod, Israel

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Bible, History & Archeology

Few subjects of study are as controversial as the relationship between archaeology and the biblical world. The encounter between these two fields raises passionate debates concerning history, politics and religion.

Video : general view of the mosaic in Lod, Israel, as it is being cleaned after its discovery in 1996. © wideweb/Ponds5.

For over a century and a half, archaeological sites have been established in Middle Eastern countries and yet many essential questions still have not been answered. The historical nature particularly, of many of the events recorded in the Scriptures, is far from being established.

The present investigation focuses on archaeological findings which relate to the biblical world. We have decided to present a selection of archaeological sites and artefacts which have a reliable connection to Scriptural content.

Moreover, some of the fundamental methods of this science were developed in this very context: the British scientist Flinders Petrie, for example,  used stratigraphy for the first time in 1890 at the archaeological site of Tell el-Hesi in Judea.

Today, technological advances such as dendrochronology, thermoluminescence, archaeomagnetism, etc… have made it possible to apply increasingly sophisticated methods. Recent discoveries therefore shed light on events or periods of history which have little documentation outside the Bible, and this in all fields, whether political, administrative or religious.

The scene of our investigation is a vast geographical area that includes, in addition to Palestine, the entire Near and Middle East, which forms the backdrop of Hebrew history. The books relating to the birth of Christianity however concern only a part of the Mediterranean Near East, as well as Greece and Italy.

The period in question stretches from the second millennium before the Christian era, at the time of Abraham and the Patriarchs, to the beginning of the first millennium of our era, during the Roman epoch.

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Last information: October 18, 2020.