There are many events in the Bible which Christians and Jews alike believe to be true. From the Creation in Genesis 1 to Noah and the flood in Genesis 6, these events help many individuals shape an understanding of the world from their earliest days in Bible study. Yet, in addition to the events which are widely accepted among religious groups, there are also a number of events recorded in the Bible which even secular parties cannot refute. In fact, the Bible is a rich source for studying history — here are just a few of the historical details you can find within its pages.
1 The Names of Egyptian, Babylonian, and Other Kings
The names of 29 kings from ten different nations, including Egypt, Babylon, and Assyria, are mentioned throughout the Bible. These names are also found within texts and on monuments from their respective time periods. The Bible gets the chronological order of these kings right, so studying the text could help readers brush up on rulers throughout world history.
2 The History of the Canaanites
Some historians believe the Canaanites were a dying culture when the Israelites moved in gradually to take over their land. In the King James Bible in Exodus 23:28-30, this belief is supported, as God says to the Israelites:
And I will send the hornets [despair] before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee. I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
3 The Story of King David
In the Bible, King David is a shepherd who rises to popularity as a musician and for his role in killing the enemy, Goliath. He is also known as the father of Solomon and the conqueror of Jerusalem. Yet, while King David is a known figure in the Bible, his existence was not proven by historians until 1993. It was then that archeologists discovered Tel Dan Stele, an ancient mound located in northern Israel. Its inscription featured text including “House of David,” and “King of Israel,” which suggests that King David wasn’t simply a legend.
Because the Bible holds such personal significance for so many people, the historical value it holds is often overlooked. With the Bible Newscasts, you can relive the historical events of the Bible as if they’re happening in real time. Led by real BBC news anchors, the newscasts detail events from Abraham to King Saul as well as the time of Jesus Christ. Listen to two full newscasts for free online, or download the whole series for a unique and engaging look into biblical history.