Is the Bible Historically Accurate?

While some events in the Bible may have archaeological support, many do not, and as a result, the Bible is generally not considered to be a true record of all historical events mentioned within its pages. The historical accuracy of the Bible is a controversial topic however, with proponents of both sides of the debate using archaeological discoveries to support and debunk various Bible accounts.

Using a study from early 2014, Bible accuracy opponents noted that the patriarchal account of camels in Genesis 24 is off by 1,000 years. In the study, Tel Aviv University researchers radiocarbon dated ancient camel bones found at an Iron Age mining site south of the Dead Sea in the Arava Valley. This in turn led to the discovery of the discrepancy within the account.

In contrast, a 2013 discovery of a pottery inscription near the ancient Temple Mount in Jerusalem may show the earliest form of Hebrew. This suggests that the Hebrew language was in use in ancient Palestine as far back as 3,000 years ago, and is supportive some of the Bible's accounts of events during that time.