Biblical Archaeology in the Press: Bias, Assumptions and Error

Pitfalls when reporters rush to “prove the Bible wrong”
“Abraham Journeying into the Land of Canaan”
Public Domain | Engraving by H Pisan after illustration by Gustave Doré

What often happens when a major media outlet attempts an “exposé” into the field of biblical archaeology? Some fascinating material and in-depth research—mixed with a healthy portion of bias, assumptions, and flat-out error. Such has been the case over the past year, with major editorials and articles produced by Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Haaretz, and others.

Tabloids are often quick to jump on biblically significant discoveries, and face claims of “sensationalization”; what receives less scrutiny, unfortunately, are claims of “evidence against the Bible,” or “no evidence for the Bible.”

On today’s program, host Chris Eames examines claims made by various reporters about what has (or hasn’t) been found, emphasizing the importance of understanding what archaeology reveals, and what the Bible actually says.

Show Notes:

Newly Discovered Cultic Site Outside Jerusalem Matches Biblical Narrative
‘A Rare Case of Merging the Biblical Narrative With Archaeology’
Haaretz’s Hit Job on the Bible
Spiegel - Kings, Prophets, Legends: The Historical Truth About the Heroes of the Bible
Haaretz - Is the Bible a True Story?