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Amazing Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology
Archaeological articles and media that focus upon extraordinary discoveries from the world of biblical archaeology that affirm the scriptural accounts.

Ancient Manuscripts, Translations, and Texts
Archaeological, historical and scientific articles and media that examine ancient biblical manuscripts, inscriptions, materials, tools, and scribal practices.

Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Archaeological and historical articles and media that examine the culture and practices of the ANE that impact OT hermeneutics and biblical interpretation.

Architecture in the Bible
Biblical, archaeological and historical articles that focus upon the architecture, structures, and building-practices represented in the biblical accounts.

Ark of the Covenant
Archaeological, historical and scientific articles and media investigating the Ark of the Covenant, a symbol of God's presence and glory.

Biblical Chronologies
Biblical, archaeological, and historical articles and media that examine the chronological matrix of the Bible and its integration with biblical archaeology.

Documentary Hypothesis and Biblical Criticism
Articles that focus upon the origin of the Torah, Enlightenment era attacks and criticism of the Bible, and analysis of the JEDP Theory of Wellhausen.

Egyptology
Archaeological and historical articles and media focused upon Egyptian studies in archaeology, especially as it relates to the biblical historical periods.

General Apologetics
A diversity of apologetic articles and media from various schools of thought are presented that bear upon the existence of God and authority of the Bible.

Investigating Origins
Biblical, scientific and historical articles & media that focus upon the issue of origins and evolution, and includes the historical veracity of Genesis 1-9.

Additional articles related to this research topic can be found by going to Creation 5500 BC in the Research by Chronological Categories section.

Khirbet el-Maqatir Field Reports 2008 - 2016
Field report from ABR's renewed archaeological excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir following the site closure due to the Intafada in the year 2000.

People, Places, and Things in the Hebrew Bible
Biblical, archaeological, and historical articles and media that focus upon the people and geography of the biblical world of the Old Testament period.

People, Places, and Things in the New Testament
Biblical, archaeological, and historical articles and media that focus upon the people and geography of the biblical world of the New Testament period.

Shiloh
ABR staff and friends share important articles and media concerning ABR's excavation at Shiloh, current academic research, and updates on important discoveries.

The Shroud of Turin
Historical and scientific articles and media examining the Shroud of Turin and Sudarium of Oviedo and the possible connection with Christ’s crucifixion.

What is Biblical Archaeology?
Essential articles that define and explicate the meaning, scope, and nature of biblical archaeology.

Creation ca. 5500 BC
Articles, news, and media discussing biblical and theological matters concerning the Creation account and the early chapters of Genesis.

Additional articles related to this research topic can be found by going to Investigating Origins, or in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, in the Research by Topic section.

Flood of Noah ca. 3300 BC
Biblical, historical, & scientific articles that focus upon the veracity of the Flood accounts, Noah's Ark & post-Flood history, & other Flood related topics.

Patriarchal Era 2166 - 1876 BC
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media dealing with the veracity and reliability of the Patriarchal narratives found in Genesis, chapters 10-50.

Sojourn of Israel in Egypt 1876 - 1446 BC
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media that investigate the veracity of the biblical narratives concerning the period of the arrival of Jacob and his family in Egypt until the Exodus.

The Exodus & Wilderness Wanderings under Moses 1446 - 1406 BC
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media that focus upon the reliability of the Exodus narratives of the Old Testament, circa 1446 - 1406 BC.

Conquest of Canaan under Joshua & the Inception of the Period of the Judges 1406 - 1371 BC
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media that focus upon the importance and veracity of Israel’s Conquest of Canaan in the Late Bronze period.

Israel in the Era of the Judges 1371 - 1049 BC
Biblical, archaeological and historical articles and media that focus upon Israel in the period of the Judges.

The United Monarchy 1049 - 932 BC
Archaeological & historical articles and media that focus upon events from the Judges period, and the reigns of Saul, David & Solomon.

The Divided Monarchy of Israel & Judah 932 - 587 BC
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media that focus upon events from the death of Solomon to the end of the Old Testament, circa 932 - 587 BC.

The Babylonian Exile & the Persian Period 587 - 334 BC
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media examining the biblical accounts and historical sources concerning Israel's exile in Babylon and during the era of Persian hegemony.

The Intertestamental Period 400 BC - 25 AD
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media examining the historical period "between the testaments", from the conclusion of Malachi's prophetic writings until the baptism of Jesus and the onset of his ministry.

The Life & Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ & the Apostles 26 - 99 AD
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media that examine the New Testament narratives and focus upon the life and ministry of Jesus and his apostles and formation of the early church.

The Patristic Era 100 - 450 AD
Archaeological and historical articles, news, and media examining the patristic period of the early church and impact of the early church fathers until the Council of Chalcedon.




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Merry Christmas from ABR!

Dear ABR family,

The Christmas season is upon us with all of its joys and the normal stresses that are a part of this busy time of year. My hope for you and your family is that you will keep the birth of Jesus in clear focus and that the true joy of this beautiful time of celebration will remain ever fresh in your heart and mind. There is a special peace we receive from the Spirit of God as He reminds us of the simple yet glorious arrival of Jesus in a humble manger. May you experience that peace, a peace beyond all of your struggles or sadness, during this holy season.

Recently we let you know of our difficulties in meeting our financial needs and the response from the ABR family has been very encouraging as we come down to the final weeks of 2019. Our goal in December is to raise an additional $40,000 of support and to enter 2020 fiscally strong and well prepared to meet the needs of the ABR ministry.

Here are just a few of the highlights from 2019:

  • ABR completed its third season of excavations at ancient Shiloh.
  • Major discoveries at Shiloh have included 3 altar horns, a ceramic pomegranate, and a monumental building, all of which may be strong evidence of Israel’s 369 year history of worship at this important site. We believe it is powerful evidence!
  • The evidence at the Shiloh excavation strongly affirms the biblical accounts and directly challenges those who dismiss this site and its history by use of the Documentary Hypothesis. Such theological sleight-of-hand cannot overcome the evidence.
  • Henry Smith and Rick Lanser continue their groundbreaking research in critical areas of chronological studies: Genesis 5 and 11 and Daniel 9:24-27. Both of these projects are expected to lead to the publication of books on these important subjects.
  • Dr. Bryant Wood and Dr. Scott Stripling (with the help of the ABR archaeology team) are working on completing the Khirbet el-Maqatir final reports by the end of 2020. It is our contention that the evidence points strongly to the conclusion that Maqatir is the Conquest city of Ai.
  • ABR’s work has been the focus of over 100 news reports this year!
  • ABR’s TV program, Digging for Truth, continues to generate thousands of views as the ABR staff discuss powerful evidence from archaeology that upholds the reliability of the Bible!

 If you would like to partner with us and help us grow our outreach and impact in the world of biblical archaeology in 2020, please consider a generous year-end gift for ABR at this time. This will be our final appeal for this year and we trust that the Lord will prompt the hearts of all those called to help us at this time. We are grateful for the ABR family, for your prayers, and for your generous support throughout the year. On behalf of the Board and Staff of ABR, we wish you and your family a blessed and Christ-filled Christmas, and a joyful New Year!

Scott Lanser
ABR Director

To make a donation online: https://biblearchaeology.org/supportabr

 Donations can also be mailed to the address below:
 Associates for Biblical Research
PO Box 144
Akron, PA 17501

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The Bible has been under attack in the western world for over 200 years but never more intensely than today. These attacks have taken different forms and have come from many different corners of the academic world, from philosophers, to scientists, to textual critics. In the specialized world of archaeology the attacks have increased dramatically in the past 50 years. Once a specialization filled with Bible believing individuals, the field of archaeology is now overrun with atheists and skeptics, agnostics and those committed to the destruction of the Bible as a source of true historical information.

These attacks on the Bible are a part of a sweeping movement in western culture. Spearheaded by academic elitists in the university and the public educational system, the news and popular media, and the entertainment industry, these revisionists cloak themselves with supposed objectivity, purity of motives, and the superiority of science over the "uninformed", "unscientific", religious community.

They regularly mock those who question their world-view and their conclusions by name-calling and the worst forms of anti-Bible and anti-Christian propaganda. They have powerfully infected the church by turning Bible believing Christians against the very Scripture which is the foundation of truth and life in this world. Instead of contending for the Bible, Christian academics, pastors, and lay-persons are making egregious accommodations to these destroyers of faith and truth.

In these days of intense spiritual battle, God has called ABR to step into the gap to contend for the truth and to assist the church in this critical hour. ABR is a non-profit ministry dedicated to demonstrating the historical reliability of the Bible and to give answers to questions being asked by believers and non-believers alike. We do this by using original archaeological fieldwork and research along with studies in other apologetic disciplines. We take on the bold claims of skeptics and critics. We challenge the bizarre anti-biblical propaganda that is purveyed upon the public as gospel through television and print media. We uphold the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is God's message for the salvation of all mankind!

SUPPORT ABR

ABR fulfills its mission through memberships and generous donations from supporters.

Join us in our mission! No matter what your level of interest, from keeping abreast of the fascinating research that comes out of the field work, to actively participating in an archaeological dig, you can become an integral part of our ministry.

Please click here for our support page.

ASSOCIATES FOR BIBLICAL RESEARCH

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