Over the years there have criticisms leveled against the Bible concerning its historical reliability. These criticisms are usually based on a lack of evidence from outside sources to confirm the Biblical record.

The discoveries of archaeology since the mid 1800s have demonstrated the reliability of the Bible narrative.

Pottery confirms King David. The man the Bible refers to as, “A man after God’s own heart..” Many of us know King David by his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, the Hitite, however, there is much more to David than this. He is known for his great poetry and Psalms, and was a masterful musician. He fearlessly fought many wars with great victory, singing and dancing all the way home; but he also lost some of the battles when he was not faithful to YHVH.

Bernadette Veale’s daughter edited the picture to show the letters in pictograph

Discovered in December 2012 in an area adjacent to the Western Wall, the 3,000-year-old inscription is described as an alphabetical text, according to the Hebrew University. The finding was only recently announced to the public.

The inscription has been dated to the 10th century B.C. — about 250 years older than what was previously thought to be the oldest writing sample from Jerusalem, according to a Times of Israel translation of Hebrew University’s press release. The text does share at least anecdotal similarities with another ancient pottery shard discovered several years ago near the area where the Biblical battle between David and Goliath is believed to have occurred. That piece of pottery was also dated to the 10th century B.C., and its five lines of lettering also appeared to be a variation of Canaanite script, according to National Geographic.- Read more  Oldest Writing Sample Found In Jerusalem Dates To Time Of King David, Stumps Archaeologists Huffington Post

Here are just a few examples of archaeological evidence that confirms what the bible says is accurate:

The discovery of the Ebla archive in northern Syria in the 1970s has shown the Biblical writings concerning the Patriarchs to be viable. Documents written on clay tablets from around 2300 B.C. demonstrate that personal and place names in the Patriarchal accounts are genuine.

The Hittites were once thought to be a Biblical legend, until their capital and records were discovered at Bogazkoy, Turkey. Many thought the Biblical references to Solomon’s wealth were greatly exaggerated. It was once claimed there was no Assyrian king named Sargon as recorded in Isaiah 20:1, because this name was not known in any other record. Then, Sargon’s palace was discovered in Khorsabad, Iraq. The very event mentioned in Isaiah 20, his capture of Ashdod, was recorded on the palace walls. What is more, fragments of a stela memorializing the victory were found at Ashdod itself.

Another king who was in doubt was Belshazzar, king of Babylon, named in Daniel 5. Tablets were found showing that Belshazzar was Nabonidus’ son who served as coregent in Babylon.  Here we see the “eye-witness” nature of the Biblical record, as is so often brought out by the discoveries of archaeology.