Top 10 Biblical Archeology Discoveries in 2016

Revisit the most exciting Biblical archaeological discoveries!

Bronze mask of the pagan god Pan discovered at Hippo-Sussita 

Bronze mask of the pagan god Pan discovered at Hippo-Sussita 

Archeology does not validate or substantiate scripture it only corroborates what scripture reveals.  The Bible does not require validation or substantiation because it is already authoritative by God.   I believe that archeology is an amazing study.  One that can provide great encouragement for those who are Christ followers - but also for those who are not followers of Christ it can act as a stepping stone that may help them understand that the Bible is historical reliability of scripture.  

2016 proved to be a great year of discoveries.  The picture above is the mask of the pagan god pan.  Pan was a god of Greek mythology and later Roman mythology (Faunus).  Pan was the god of nature and the wild and depicted to be half man and half goat and considered a god of fertility and life.  He was the god to the shepherds, hunters and people of the wilds.  A major center of Pan worship was in Caesarea Philippi that was originally named Paneus.  It is located about 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.   The entire Galilean region has marks of Pan worship.   Remember Jesus told the disciples that He was the good shepherd (John 10).  Also it was at Caesarea Philippi where Jesus asked his followers "Who do you say that I am?"  It was in the backdrop of the pagan worship center to Pan and where the grotto was located with a deep cave where worshipers would sacrifice animals by  throwing them into the incredibly deep cave that was called "the jaws of death."  It was at this location where Jesus stated " And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it."  Against this backdrop - Christ was declaring that the most vile satanic powers will not not overcome the His church (Matthew 16:18).  Hippo-Sussita is located just 3 miles east of the northern coast of the Sea of Galilee.  

Read about this archaeological find along with nine others from this article from "Bible History Daily."    

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Seven Basic Elements of a Christian World View

There are seven primary aspects to understanding the Christian worldview (or any worldview for that matter), according to Christian philosopher James Sire. Each worldview, the Christian worldview included, must deal with the following issues:

  1. The ultimate reality of the universe
  2. The nature of the universe
  3. The nature of humanity
  4. The question of what happens to a person at death
  5. The basis of human knowing
  6. The basis of ethics
  7. The meaning of history

I have benefited from Sire’s works, especially his classic book on worldviews, The Universe Next Door. The following is a basic summation of Sire’s explanation of what he calls “basic Christian theism” on pp. 27-46 in The Universe Next Door.

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