Top 7 Biblical discoveries of 2016

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For every ugly moment in 2016, there were many beautiful ones. Some moments included amazing discoveries founded in Biblical moments, bringing renewed faith and hope.

All believers have faith in the Bible’s words but many naysayers call for proof.

Archaeologists are constantly discovering new facts steeped in history, buried beneath layers of earth, stone and even civilizations.

So which discoveries made the top ten list last year?

In 2016, several Biblical archaeological discoveries made headlines and are worth noting but here are Catholic Online’s top 10:

Pottery in London

Ancient pottery indicates Christians may have been in London earlier than currently believed. Ancient pottery indicates Christians may have been in London earlier than currently believed (Museum of London).

Pottery fragments were excavated in the 1970s and were promptly moved to the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive, where they were forgotten for nearly four decades.

Volunteers noticed two little markings in the fragments, which combine to read “Christos,” or “Christ.” This discovery led researchers to better understand when Christians made an appearance in London, which was once called Londinium.

Sea of Galilee’s secret village

Stone tools and jewelry were also discovered at the site Stone tools and jewelry were discovered at the site (PLoS One).

The Sea of Galilee is a historic site best known for Jesus’ ministry.

Throughout the years, several discoveries have been made at the site but in 2016, the discovery of a 12,000-year-old village changed everything the world knew about its first farmers.

The seven species described in Deuteronomy

The seven species are often enjoyed during annual celebrations. The seven species are often enjoyed during annual celebrations (iShop).

 

Ancient organic materials were discovered at the site. Ancient organic materials were discovered at the site (Israel Antiquities Authority).

The seven species mentioned in Deuteronomy were excavated from Israel’s Negev Desert.

The 3,000-year-old organic items date back to King David and King Solomon’s time and reveal early Edomite traditions and behaviors.

Christian symbols in Latin and Spanish messages

Ancient pottery indicates Christians may have been in London earlier than currently believed. Ancient pottery indicates Christians may have been in London earlier than currently believed (Museum of London).

Christian inscriptions and symbols written in Latin and Spanish within a series of caves on the Caribbean island of Mona reveal what the spread of Christianity looked like.

The inscriptions revealed the colonist’s attempts to convert the natives through fear and Biblical knowledge.

Evidence of a Slaughter

Historic site uncovered. Historic site uncovered (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Over 3,600 Jews and Christians were slaughtered in Judea, sparking the First Jewish Revolt.

Archaeologists discovered the historic third wall and several weapons used to bombard the city.

Ancient Bible Scroll

The reconstructed Ein Gedi Scroll revealed a portion of Leviticus. The reconstructed Ein Gedi Scroll revealed a portion of Leviticus (Seales et al. Sci. Adv.).

In September 2016, an ancient scroll’s charred remains discovered following a fire at the Dead Sea revealed a section of Leviticus.

The scroll has been in custody for years but until 2016, we did not have the technology to discover what secrets it held.

Roman Tablets

There were several "curse tablets" discovered. There were several “curse tablets” discovered (Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade).

The tablets were discovered in ancient Roman tombs, some of which appear to call both Christ and the Antichrist in an evil combination of magical curses.

Scientific Evidence of God’s existence

Renowned scientist Michio Kaku, known for pioneering the String Theory of the universe, believes he has discovered proof of God’s existence.

Speaking in scientific terms, Kaku believes all the evidence points to the universe’s creation at the hands of a greater intelligence, as opposed to random forces.

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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    This is a rather misleading article. None of these are “biblical discoveries.” This is click-bait. A title that has nothing to do with the subject of the article. If these were the “top 7 biblical discoveries of 2016,” then I think we can safely say that there were no noteworthy biblical discoveries this past year.
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    What does pottery in England have to do with the bible? How does it in any way confirm the veracity of any part of the bible?
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    What does the discovery of a 12,000 year old village prove except that the Creationist myth and James Usher’s biblical timeline is demolished?
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    The article about seven species, tells us nothing new about the bible. It’s interesting that the article focuses on DNA: “…understand the cultivation and domestication processes that have been preserved in the DNA of the seed.” This is interesting because the Church does not give any credence to the DNA evidence when it shows that there was no two-person DNA bottleneck (Adam and Eve), and as such, confirms that there was no original sin. We evolved from a pool of early ancestors, not two individuals, or our DNA would look different. The Church is happy to use new technology when it suits them, but to discard it when it debunks Adam and Eve and original sin.
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    Spanish and Latin writing on artifacts tells us nothing new about the bible.
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    Evidence of a slaughter tells us that indeed we must be looking at something Abrahamic in nature! Using fear to impose religion – very Christian indeed, but only confirms that the bible embraces violence as a way to spread the “good news” of Hell.
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    Discovery of the third wall, tells us nothing new. We already know about the Jewish revolt in 70 AD. This is well established, and helps confirm that the gospel of Mark was written during or after this event.
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    Discovery of Roman tablets tells us nothing new about the bible.
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    Misrepresenting Michio Kaku is standard fare for Christians. Kaku believes in Spinoza’s god, not a personal, prayer answering, involved god like Yahweh-Jesus. Kaku’s contribution (which is an unproven theory at this point), does not support the biblical god at all.
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    This is the best evidence the Church has to offer that the bible is valid? Not very promising or helpful, is it?

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