A web-exclusive guide to the Biblical and archaeological evidence
How many people in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed archaeologically? The surprising number is 50—from Israelite kings to Mesopotamian monarchs, and some lesser figures as well.
In “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible,” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk writes that “at least 50 people mentioned in the Bible have been identified in the archaeological record. Their names appear in inscriptions written during the period described by the Bible and in most instances during or quite close to the lifetime of the person identified.” The extensive Biblical and archaeological documentation supporting the BAR study is published in a web-exclusive collection of endnotes detailing the Biblical references and inscriptions referring to each of the 50 figures.