Biblical Archaeology: What is The Eridu Genesis?

Eridu Genesis Tablet, Penn Museum

About the Eridu Genesis Creation Myth Dating The Eridu Genesis myth comes from Old Babylonian empire and is usually dated to about 1600 BCE. It was written on clay tablets which are quite fragmented. It is often refereed to as the Sumerian Flood Myth. This is because it’s recorded in Sumerian cuneiform. However, paleographers would … Read more

Does Biblical Archaeology Confirm Israel Conquering The Promised Land?

Canaanite Prisoners of War, Horemheb Tomb Relief 1400s BCE

Introduction Most fans of biblical archaeology are familiar with the 2001 work, “The Bible Unearthed”, by Israel Finkelstein & Neil Asher Silberman. This powerful work takes on the great task of examining and interpreting archaeological data from various locations and time periods familiar to the Old Testament. Both of the authors, Finkelstein and Silberman, are world … Read more

P137 Took So Long To Publish, Most People Forgot It Even Existed

Background information For the textual critics and history nerds out there, you might recall that in some time around 2011 a new Greek papyrus manuscript of Mark was “discovered”. By discovered, I mean it was found already existing in a collection of manuscripts, where it has been housed since 1903. It was actually discovered by Bernard … Read more

Why Is Acts 8:37 Missing From Modern Bibles?

P45, Chester Beatty XII, leaf 3

Acts 8:37: Omission or Addition? The general argument when discussing a Bible translation should be based on a single question: what best represents the original manuscripts? Since we do not have a single original manuscript scholars must use the existing ones and piece together what they believe to most accurately represent the originals. It’s not … Read more

What Is “The Acts of Peter”?

Vercelli Book

About The Acts of Peter About: The Acts of Peter is an apocryphal New Testament writing that focuses on a sensationalized collection of stories that detail miraculous feats of Peter. The various manuscripts that exist can be broke down into 3 sections. Peter’s Daughter & The Gardener’s Daughter (A short episode in Coptic) The Vercelli … Read more

Biblical Archaeology: The Letter of Peter which he sent to Philip

Nag Hammadi Codex VI Opened

The Letter of Peter which he sent to Philip Dating and Discovery The Coptic versions currently known to exist were written between the late 2nd century CE and early 3rd century CE (170-220 CE), titled “The Letter of Peter which he sent to Philip“. Currently scholars have discovered two copies of this letter in Egypt. … Read more