Archaeologists recently reported in National Geographic on excavations in the Negev desert which supports the biblical picture of Solomon as a powerful and wealthy king of Israel.  They appear to have discovered some of “King Solomon’s mines.”  Evidence from 3000 year old dung supports the belief that Solomon’s kingdom stretched from the Mediterranean to the Negev. […]

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Dr. John Oakes is delivered a number of lessons on a missionary teaching trip in South Asia Jan 5-22, 2017.  Attached are power points, notes and audio for these lessons.   From Shadow to Reality India Audio    Existence of God Audio    Reliability of the Bible Audio   Marriage Divorce and Remarriage Audio   Marriage and Divorce Notes   Acts […]

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Mark your calendar:  Nov. 11-13 The Apologetics Research Society is excited to announce our tenth International Christian Evidences Conference.  The theme will be the evidence from History and Archaeology which supports the reliability and the message of Old and New Testaments.  The dates will be Nov 11-13.  The conference will begin on Friday morning.  Speakers […]

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Dr. John Oakes is teaching a class on the evidence which supports belief in the biblical Jesus at the Mission Center of Hope in San Diego Saturdays 9:00-10:30.  Your are invited to attend, but the power point, outline and audios will be posted here.   Evidence for Jesus Notes        Evidence for Jesus PPT  […]

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One of the most significant Greek New Testament manuscript finds of all time was revealed in a recent article in CNN  http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/living/gospel-mummy-mask/ .  If confirmed, then this will be a game-changer in the way it supports by physical evidence the early date of the writing of the gospels.  As will all such claims, it is wise […]

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Foster Stanback, the Chair of the Board of Apologetics Research Society (the sponsor of this website) has teamed with York College in York, Nebraska to establish a Museum of Ancient History to specialize in items of interest to Christianity.   The grand opening of the Museum will be in April, 2015.  We have future plans […]

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ARS is excited to announce the eighth of our ten courses in our Christian Apologetics Certificate is now available.  This is a ten hour class on the historical and archaeological support to the reliability of the Bible.  The instructors are Dr. John Wilson, professor emeritus of archaeology from Pepperdine University, as well as Dr. John […]

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We are excited to announc that the seventh of an eventual ten classes in our Apologetics Certificate Program is now available.  The class is Archaeology and Christianity.   The principal teacher is Dr. John Wilson of Pepperdine University.  Dr. Douglas Jacoby and Dr. John Oakes also are teachers in this calss. The classes now available are: […]

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Professor Yosef Garfinkle of Hebrew University announced in May of this year his discoveries in the Jewish city of Khirbet Queiyafa.  The city was occupied from about 1020-980 BC, during the reign of King David.  It was a border city between Israel and the Philistines.  Items in the city demonstrate conclusively that a uniquely Jewish cult, without graven […]

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The notes and power point are from a class taught by Dr. John Oakes 11/30/2010 as part of our ARS Certificate in Christian Apologetics.  The examples used are ones which are particularly useful in using archaeological finds to illustrate important biblical teachings.    Notes: OT Archaeology, Teaching and Preaching   PPoint OT Archaeology Teach/Preach 3.85 Mb

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A FAITH-BUILDING OPPORTUNITY: ARCHAEOLOGY & THE BIBLE  A class to be taught by John Oakes for an AIM program class Archaeolgy and the Bible in Marietta, Georgia July 10-12.  See below for details. A FAITH-BUILDING OPPORTUNITY:  ARCHAEOLOGY & THE BIBLE Last year’s Continuing-AIM (C-AIM) session with David Bercot was a hit.  Thanks for your interest and […]

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An article by John Oakes about recent archaeological discoveries in Edom and Israel.   Two Recent Archaeological Discoveries Support Biblical History Add two to the "we’re not surprised" category of archaeological finds in Palestine.  For reasons that are at times hard to understand, archaeologists have moved increasingly in the direction of skepticism toward biblical history, […]

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A tablet discovered ten years ago has ink writing on it.  It has been dated to the first century B. C. The tablet appears to mention a resurrection of the messiah on the third day.  This find may prove to be very significant. Article by Ethan Bronner below (from http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/05/africa/06stone.php)     Tablet ignites debate on […]

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Scholars at the British Museum announced in 2007 the discovery on a cuneiform tablet which dramatically supports the historical accuracy of the Bible.  The tablet mentions a gift of gold from an official Nebo-Sarsekim.  This is almost certainly the same Nebo-Sarsekim mentioned in Jeremiah 39:3, dramatically confirming the biblical account of the defeat of Jerusalem in 595 BC  Old […]

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Biblical Archaeology: Evidence of the Exodus from Egypt Merneptah Stele ??????????????? Merneptah pylon at University of Penn Museum ??????????????? One of the most important discoveries that relate to the time of the Exodus is the Merneptah stele which dates to about 1210 BC. Merneptah, the king of Egypt, boasts that he has destroyed his enemies […]

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  Note to reader:  this article was found at   http://www.christian-thinktank .com/qwhendan3a.html   It is not written by anyone at this web site, and we want to give proper credit for this excellent article!!!     Section One: The Dead Sea Scrolls Manuscript Data ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….   1. Do we have any copies of the Book of […]

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Understanding Archaeology Christianity is a historical faith based on actual events recorded in the Bible. Archaeology has therefore played a key role in biblical studies and Christian apologetics in several ways. First, archaeology has confirmed the historical accuracy of the Bible. It has verified many ancient sites, civilizations, and biblical characters whose existence was questioned […]

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