It is a common refrain, that archaeology proves the bible true. There is truth in the expression, but archaeology also informs our understanding of the bible. Rather than assume what Jerusalem was like, the archaeologist is able to discover many details to assist our understanding. Many findings also challenge cherished understandings of the bible. Eg the widespread Neolithic culture which covers from 10,000BC to around 8,000BC.
Archaeologists find artefacts from the organised societies throughout the middle east, and particularly in Israel. One example are the carved masks and representations of faces which are spread across the region. Initially found in Israel, these are now being dug up through the region.
Interesting but relevant to bible students? Yes. Any interpretation of Genesis 1-3 which posits all humans coming from two people 6,000 years ago is disproven by the archaeologist’s shovel. Numerous widespread human activity dating back 12,000 years and continuing uninterrupted for millennia doesn’t match this reading. Old earth claims of previous life followed by cataclysmic destruction and a new creation also fail dramatically at the hands of archaeology. Not only do they find old civilisations, there is no evidence of the old earth creationist’s claimed destruction. Worse still there is evidence on continued habitation – through the timeframes claimed by creationists of all types (eg Jericho and the Natufian relicts).
How ironic that the evidence in the ground of the holy land falsified the claims of special creationists.