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Biblical Archaeology

     While you can't convert someone based on evidence, there are a lot of discoveries that may help to strengthen and encourage someone's faith. On this page, we will be curating some of the most interesting and compelling archaeological discoveries that support the Bible's claims.

Tel Dan Stele (Inscription)

Fragment A (Tel Dan Excavations, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem; photograph: Z.Radovan).

     It probably doesn't look like much to most people, but this piece of stone contains pretty solid (no pun intended) evidence of the House of David.


Fragment A: Translation
    (Al)      [............] you will rule ov[er ....................................................................]
    (A2)      [and because of the p]iou[s act] s of my father, may [?] go up [.................]
    (A3)      and my father will repose. May he go to [.....................................at every]
    (A4)      ancient [h]earth on ground of El-Bay[tel...............................................am]
    (A5)      I, so Hadad would go before me [................................................the day-]
    (A6)      -s of my reign, and I would slay a kin[g] and [.................thousands of cha-]
    (A7)      -riots and thousands of horsemen[.............................................................]
    (A8)      the king of Israel, and [I] killed [him....................................................kin-]
    (A9)      -g of Bayt-Dawid. And [the] name of [.....................................................]
    (A10)      their land to[.............................................................................................]
    (A11)      another and to [........................................................................Jehoash r-]
    (A12)      -eigned over ls[rael...........................................................................I laid]
    (A13)      siege to [Samaria.....................................................................................]

Athas, G. (2003). The Tel Dan inscription: a reappraisal and a new interpretation (Vol. 360, p. 193). Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.