The UK Bible Students
Gleason Archer On Biblical Historicity
Gleason L. Archer, Jr., A Survey of Old
Testament Introduction (Chicago: Moody Press; 1974), pp. 170,
after case where alleged historical inaccuracy was pointed to as proof of late
and spurious authorship of the biblical documents, the Hebrew record has been
vindicated by the results of recent excavation, and the scornful judgments of
the documentarian theorists have been proved without foundation.
W. F. Albright, the foremost American archaeologist of this
generation . . . had this to say in 1941, “Archaeological and inscriptional data
have established the historicity of innumerable passages and statements of the
Old Testament; the number of such cases is many times greater than those where
the reverse has been proved or has been made probable.” . . .
A more recent author, John Elder, states: “It is not too much to
say that it was the rise of the science of archaeology that broke the deadlock
between historians and the orthodox Christian.
Little by little, one city after another, one civilization after
another, one culture after another, whose memories were enshrined only in the
Bible, were restored to their proper places in ancient history by the studies of
archaeologists. . . .
Contemporary records of Biblical events have been unearthed and the
uniqueness of Biblical revelation has been emphasized by contrast and comparison
to newly discovered religions of ancient peoples.
Nowhere has archaeological discovery refuted the Bible as