Series to Explore Link between Bible and Archaeology

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Byline: Victoria Pierce Daily Herald Correspondent

The Bible contains plenty of detailed stories and descriptions of battles, temples and mass gatherings.

But are those just stories, or a record of actual events that happened thousands of years ago?

The answers may be found at the free program "Archaeology and the Reliability of the Bible," which will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 21, 23 and 28 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 1111 E. Madison St., Lombard.

Barry J. Beitzel, a professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, will explore how archaeology provides evidence of the events in the Bible.

Most people do not realize how important the land is in the Bible, said the Rev. Stewart Pattison of Community Presbyterian.

"Israel was a major crossroads. Everybody went through Israel. God placed Israel at the crossroads of the world," he said.

In some ways, the area is now something of a living history monument. Residents preparing to dig in their yards for additions and other such changes to their homes are required to contact the government because people are always finding artifacts, Pattison added.

Some of those artifacts - and many of the more well-known archeological sites - relate directly to the Bible.

Pattison noted that the story of the battle of Jericho is supported by the archaeology of the site where the siege took place. …