The Bible Unearthed
A Disciple’s Reference Guide to Biblical Archaeology
Jon Yorke LL.B (Hons), LL.M, Birmingham International Church of Christ, UK, Autumn 2001

My interest in archaeology developed out of necessity. I have been a Christian for 3 ½ years now and I was baptised on May 6th, 1998, just before embarking upon postgraduate education. My education is in law, and my area of interest is International Human Rights. In this field, lawyers are fanatical about the need for “evidence.” When studying the Bible with lawyers, you cannot just say, “the Bible works;” although this is actually the best form of evidence supporting the Bible! I was taught to show proof and I needed to, to have any form of credibility with my peers. Science, anthropology and other fields, offer excellent proofs, but through my hobby of reading about classical Greece and Rome, I became fascinated with Biblical archaeology.

There is a real need for disciples to have a grounding in all disciplines, so that our brothers and sisters will not be intimidated by, “well read opinion leaders.” After all, we need to convert these people - not get trampled on by them. There is a need for a collective understanding among the ministry staff of Biblical archaeology (and other proofs), and we must learn from the kingdom teachers and feed all disciples. From my limited experience as a disciple, I have found that the average disciple has inadequate knowledge of this subject. We have an important resource which will help us to destroy satan’s lies, and we are not using it.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my research for this article, but I have only “scratched the surface of the topsoil,” and I will continue my digging. My own faith has been strengthened by my readings, and I will use this to help God’s Church in Birmingham (UK), and I would like to dedicate this article to the saints in Brum.

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