‘Generic’ Biblical Names: What Archaeology Says

Just how accurate is the Bible’s use of names for different periods?
Left, the Egyptian name “Moses” in hieroglyphics; center, the “Jacob” scarab; right, probable “Mordecai” in cuneiform
© The Israel Museum (central image)

Adam. Seth. Jacob. Moses. None of these biblical individuals have been absolutely proven through archaeology. But what of the simple names? The Bible is full of names for different people of different periods. If archaeology can corroborate names for the right periods, then that would serve as proof, in its own right, of the accuracy of the biblical record. On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the slew of “generic” biblical names that have been verified in the archaeology record.

Biblical Names Confirmed Through Archaeology

Proof of the Bible