These articles highlight Biblical Archaeology with David Rohl. In talking with people about the historical reliability of the Bible the subject of Biblical Archaeology often comes up (as it should). The conventional understanding is that the archaeological evidence for the historical narratives of the Old Testament doesn't match the Biblical text.

For us who believe in the inerrancy of scripture this is distressing. How can we trust the Bible to be God's revealed word if the historical accounts are untrue? To read about how this mismatch between the Bible and archaeology came about, read some background.

An analogy: Suppose future archaeologists and historians seek for evidence that the Twin Towers of New York City collapsed, but based on their chronology they have the date off by one year. They are looking at all the newspaper articles and photos from a year too early and, sure enough, the Twin Towers are still there. They conclude the story is a mere myth. They reject out-of-hand, articles and photos from the true date since they have already determined the event didn't occur.

There is plenty of evidence that the events described in the Old Testament actually occurred but since they don't fit into the established chronology, these events are simply dismissed out-of-hand. It seems the goal of many archaeologists is to disprove the Bible by hook or by crook.


New Chronology

David M. Rohl is an archaeologist who has demonstrated from the archaeological evidence that the Bible is reliable as a historical document.

Read more info about David Rohl and his book "Pharaohs and Kings."

In these articles (see menu sidebar to the left) I have extracted and summarized from David Rohl's book the evidence he presents concerning Biblical Archaeology which supports the Bible as factual, trustworthy and true. Some quotes from "Pharaohs and Kings" by David Rohl.

What motivates him? He is interested in the search for historical truth — without the sustaining support of any particular religious belief. What triggered off his quest to find a more promising synthesis between archaeology and the historical kernel of the stories contained in the Bible? More than twenty years' personal inquiry. (pg 8)

When he looked at Kitchen's assembled jigsaw in detail he began to find pieces which simply did not fit together (other researchers were coming to similar conclusions). He also discovered a number of fundamental assumptions about the structure of Professor Kenneth Kitchen's "The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt" (TIP) which, in David's view, were not based on sound historical methods. (pg 10)

He has not exactly been dragged out of his cozy Egyptological existence kicking and screaming, but the reader should be aware that he did not originally set out to challenge our current understanding of the Old Testament narratives. This has come about simply because of the need to explore the ramifications of his TIP research. He has no religious axe to grind — he is simply an historian in search of some historical truth. (pg 11)

I can't help but wonder why he spent so much time on the subject of Biblical Archaeology since he is not a Christian.


Table of Contents

Use the links below to view the archaeological evidence from David Rohl for various Biblical topics.

Overview | Abraham | Joseph | Moses | Joshua | Saul | David | Solomon | Kings of Israel | Shishak-Shoshenk

Overview Background
David Rohl
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Abraham Sacrifice of Isaac
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Joseph Coat of many colors
Joseph's administrative programs
The 7 year famine
Pharaoh gains control of Egypt
Joseph's home in Goshen
Joseph's tomb and removal of the coffin
Statue of Joseph
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Moses Birth
Moses's Military campaign against Ethiopians
Goshen - Raamses
Israel's sojourn in Egypt
The slaughter of male infants
10th plague
That Egypt was weakened by the 10 plagues
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Joshua Conquest of Jericho - the walls fall
Battles
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Saul Saul Identified
Saul's name
Political situation in Canaan
Saul's defeat at Gilboa
Abner & Ishbaal after Saul's fall
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David Captures Jerusalem
Egypt during the rise of the kingdom
The Hebrews
David's rise to power after Saul's fall
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Solomon Marriage to Pharaoh's daughter - builds her a palace in Jerusalem
Massive building projects
The Millo
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Kings of Israel Rehoboam oppresses the people and the kingdom is split
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Shishak-Shoshenk Shishak
Shoshenk
Shishak is not Shoshenk
Shishak = Ramesses II
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