"The outer wall suffered the most, its remains falling down the slope. The inner wall is preserved only where it abuts upon the citadel, or tower, to a height of eighteen feet; elsewhere it is found largely to have fallen...into the space between the wall which was filled with ruins and debris. Traces in intense fire are plain to see, including reddened masses of brick, cracked stones, charred timbers and ashes. Houses alongside the wall are found burned to the ground, their roofs fallen upon the domestic pottery within...As to the main fact, then, there remains no doubt: the walls fell outwards so completely that the attackers would be able to clamber up and over their ruins into the city" - John Garstang, Joshua Judges, pp 145-146.
It was found in 1871 at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and is dated AD 31. Positioned on a four-foot high wall separating the outer court of the Temple area from the rest, it warns (in Greek):
"No Gentile may enter the enclosing screen around the Temple. Whoever is caught will have himself to blame that his death results."
This is consistent with the Bible's record of the fury of the Jews when they think that Paul brought Greeks into the Temple precincts (Acts 21:28-29).
"And the king of I[s]rael entered previously in my father's land. [And] Hadad made me king….[I killed Jeho]ram son of [Ahab] king of Israel, and [I] killed [Ahaz]iahu son of [Jehoram] of the House of David."
Professor E.L. Sukenik of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem discovered it in 1931. He came across the artifact in a Russian convent collection from the Mount of Olives. The inscription on the tablet is written in ancient Hebrew with an Aramaic style. The inscription states, "Hither were brought the bones of Uzziah, king of Judah. Not to be opened."
This is consistent with the Biblical record that mentions Uzziah as one of the kings of Judah (2 Kings 15:32).
The Aramaic style of the inscription is dated to around AD 30-70, around 700 years after Uzziah died according to the Bible. It may be that there was a later reburial of Uzziah here during the Second Temple Period.
"There were more than 1,000 burnt animal bones - exactly of the type that were used for sacrifices. It was clear that this was not the remnants of some village, but rather a cultic site. But the critical turning point [in our excavation] came when a religious member of our team showed us the Mishna describing the altar of the 2nd Temple period - 1,200 years later than our discovery. The description was very similar to what we had found - meaning that the Mishna was clearly and definitely a continuation and prototype of the one on Mount Ebal. They both have ramps, just as the Torah stipulates, for the High Priest to ascend to the altar without going up steps, and the sizes matched, and more... The architecture itself was the evidence." [Tzemach News Service, January 1, 2007]
This altar is mentioned in Deuteronomy 27:4-8 and Joshua 8:30. Further details
This is consistent with the Biblical picture:-
As you can see, the findings from Tel Burna are consistent with the Bible.
Amos 1:1 mentions a major earthquake during the reigns of Uzziah king of Judah and Jeroboam II king of Israel. Based on Bible chronology, this would be between 768 and 753 BC. Geologists write:-
Masonry walls best display the earthquake, especially walls with broken ashlars, walls with displaced rows of stones, walls still standing but leaning or bowed, and walls collapsed with large sections still lying course-on-course. Debris at six sites (Hazor, Deir 'Alla, Gezer, Lachish, Tell Judeideh, and 'En Haseva) is tightly confined stratigraphically to the middle of the eighth century B.C., with dating errors of ~30 years.…The earthquake was at least magnitude 7.8, but likely was 8.2…This severe geologic disaster has been linked historically to a speech delivered at the city of Bethel by a shepherd-farmer named Amos of Tekoa." [Steven A. Austin, Gordon W. Franz, and Eric G. Frost, "Amos's Earthquake: An Extraordinary Middle East Seismic Event of 750 B.C." International Geology Review 42 (2000) 657-671.]
Israelis Yadin and Finkelstein date the earthquake to around 760 BC. [Y. Yadin, Hazor, The Rediscovery of a Great Citadel of the Bible (New York: Random House, 1975). I. Finkelstein, "Hazor and the North in the Iron Age: A Low Chronology Perspective," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 314 (1999) 55-70.]
Here again, the Bible tallies with what the archaeologist's spade throws up.
As you can see, the land of Israel is rich in corroboration for the Bible. These and other archaeological finds are evidence that the Bible is authentic - true in its history and geography. Therefore, it is logical to believe what it says about theology, because unlike other books, its theology is intertwined with its history and geography.