Posted by Madeeha Shakeel On
July 28, 2015
For many years, the critics of the Old Testament continued to argue that Moses
invented the stories found in Genesis. The critics contended that the ancient
people of the Old Testament times were too primitive to record documents with
In doing so, these critics basically claimed that there was no verification that
the people and cities mentioned in the oldest of Biblical accounts ever really
The discovery of the Ebla archive in northern Syria in the 1970′s confirmed that
the Biblical records concerning the Patriarchs are spot on. It was during the
excavations in northern Syria that the excavating found a large library inside a
royal archive room. This library had tablets dating from 2400 -2300 BC.
The excavating team discovered almost 15,000 ancient tablets and fragments which
when joined together accounted for about 2,500 tablets. Amazingly, these tablets
confirmed that personal and location titles in the Biblical Patriarchal accounts
are authentic. These tablets are known as the Ebla Tablets.
For a long period of time, the critics of the Old Testament used to argue that
the name ‘Canaan’ was used wrongly in the early chapters of the Bible. They
claimed the name Canaan was never used at that specific time in history. They
further accused that the name was inserted in the Old Testament afterwards,
while the earliest books of The Holy Bible were not written in the times that
However, with the discovery of the tablets from the northern Syria, the word the
word “Canaan” does appear, contrary to the claims of the critics. The tablets
proved that the term was actually used in ancient Syria during the time in which
the Old Testament was written.
Additionally, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were also thought to be pure
fiction by Bible critics. These cities are also identified in the Ebla tablets,
in addition to the city of Haran. Haran is described in Genesis as the city of
Abram’s father, Terah. Previous to this discovery, ‘scholars’ suspected the
actual presence of the ancient city.
In addition to this, countless other archaeological findings confirm the
Biblical records to be real and accurate. Some of these findings are listed
• The campaign into Israel by Pharaoh Shishak (1 Kings 14:25-26) is recorded on
the walls of the Temple of Amun in Thebes, Egypt.
• The revolt of Moab against Israel (2 Kings 1:1; 3:4-27) is recorded on the
• The fall of Samaria (2 Kings 17:3-6, 24; 18:9-11) to Sargon II, king of
Assyria, is recorded on his palace walls.
• The defeat of Ashdod by Sargon II (Isaiah 20:1) is recorded on his palace
• The campaign of the Assyrian king Sennacherib against Judah (2 Kings 18:13-16)
is recorded on the Taylor Prism.
• The siege of Lachish by Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:14, 17) is recorded on the
• The assassination of Sennacherib by his own sons (2 Kings 19:37) is recorded
in the annals of his son Esarhaddon.
• The fall of Nineveh as predicted by the prophets Nahum and Zephaniah (2 Kings
2:13-15) is recorded on the Tablet of Nabopolasar.
• The fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (2 Kings 24:10-14) is
recorded in the Babylonian Chronicles.
• The captivity of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, in Babylon (2 Kings 24:15-16) is
recorded on the Babylonian Ration Records.
• The fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:30-31) is recorded on
the Cyrus Cylinder.
• The freeing of captives in Babylon by Cyrus the Great (Ezra 1:1-4; 6:3-4) is
recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder.