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New Testament People Confirmed by Archaeology

Julian Spriggs M.A.

There are nearly thirty people in the New Testament who have been identified in archaeological inscriptions, images or writings. Each are named and described below. Some of the descriptions contain links to photographs of archaeological items which are described elsewhere on this website. There is a similar list of people in the Old Testament confirmed by archaeology.

This list of people contains links to the more detailed descriptions below.

Christian leaders

The purpose of this page is to describe records of people in the NT in contemporary secular history, rather than in Christian writings. The majority of the apostles are mentioned in writings of the early church by the early church fathers during the post-apostolic period. Some apostles such as Peter, John and Paul are mentioned frequently and their writings in the NT often quoted.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is mentioned or described in several secular historical sources, including those written by Josephus and Tacitus.


The most famous reference to Jesus in historical documents is the Testimonium Flavianum of Josephus, although its authenticity is contested, "Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day." (Ant 18.3.3).

In his description of the stoning of James, Josephus describes him as the brother of Jesus, who is called the Christ, "Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the Sanhedrim of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, [or, some of his companions]; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned." (Ant 20:9:1)


In his Annals of Imperial Rome, Tacitus, the Roman historian describes the events of the Fire of Rome in AD 64, when Nero blamed the Christians for starting the fire. "But neither human resources, nor imperial munificence, nor appeasement of the gods, eliminated sinister suspicions that the fire had been instigated. To suppress this rumour, Nero fabricated scapegoats - and punished with every refinement the notoriously depraved Christians (as they were popularly called). Their originator, Christ, had been executed in Tiberius' reign by the governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilatus. But in spite of this temporary setback the deadly superstition had broken out afresh, not only in Judaea (where the mischief had started) but even in Rome. All degraded and shameful practices collect and flourish in the capital". (Annals 15:44)

Lucian of Samosata (115–200)

Lucian was a Greek satirist who wrote 'The Passing of Peregrinus' about a former Christian who later became a famous Cynic and revolutionary. In two sections of the book, while discussing Peregrinus’s career, he clearly refers to Jesus, without actually naming him. The first passage is, "It was then that he learned the marvelous wisdom of the Christians, by associating with their priests and scribes in Palestine. And what else? in short order he made them look like children, for he was a prophet, cult leader, head of the congregation and everything, all by himself. He interpreted and explained some of their books, and wrote many himself. They revered him as a god, used him as a lawgiver, and set him down as a protector to be sure, after that other whom they still worship, the man who was crucified in Palestine because he introduced this new cult into the world." The second passage is, "For having convinced themselves that they are going to be immortal and live forever, the poor wretches despise death and most even willingly give themselves up. Furthermore, their first lawgiver persuaded them that they are all brothers of one another after they have transgressed once for all by denying the Greek gods and by worshiping that crucified sophist himself and living according to his laws."

Pliny - governor of Bithynia

In his letter to the Emperor Trajan Pliny describes the Christians in this way, "They all worshipped your image and the statues of the gods and cursed Christ. But they declared that the sum of their guilt or error had amounted only to this, that on an appointed day they had been accustomed to meet before daybreak, and to recite a hymn antiphonally to Christ, as to a god, and to bind themselves by an oath (sacrament), not for the commission of any crime but to abstain from theft, robbery, adultery and breach of faith, and not to deny a deposit when it was claimed."

Philip the Apostle

Philip, one of the twelve apostles, later became leader of the church in Hieropolis, and was later martyred. He should be distinguished from Philip the evangelist (Acts 6:5, 8:5)

During excavations of Hierapolis in 2011, a tomb was discovered within the ruins of a church that had recently been revealed. This is claimed to be the tomb of Philip the Apostle. The design of the tomb and the writings on the walls confirm that it belonged to Philip.

Roman Emperors

Four different Roman emperors are named in the NT. All of these are well-known in history, from statues, coins, inscriptions and Roman historians such as Suetonius, Tacitus and Livi.

Augustus (31 BC - AD 14)

Jesus was born during the reign of Augustus, as recorded by Luke, "In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered" (Lk 2:1)

Tiberius (AD 14-37)

Luke dates the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry by the reign of Tiberius, "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius ..." (Lk 3:1)

Claudius (AD 41-54)

According to Luke the famine predicted by the prophet Agabus took place during the reign of Claudius, "One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius" (Acts 11:28)

It was Claudius who ordered all the Jews to leave Rome, "After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome". (Acts 18:2). This event is also recorded by the Roman historian Suetonius, "Because the Jews at Rome caused continuous disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he expelled them from the city". (Suetonius: Lives of the Twelve Caesars - Claudius 25). It is most likely that Chrestus refers to Christ.

Nero (AD 54-68)

Although Nero is not specifically named in the NT, Nero was the emperor that Paul appealed to during his trial before Festus in Jerusalem. "Now if I am in the wrong and have committed something for which I deserve to die, I am not trying to escape death; but if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can turn me over to them. I appeal to the emperor. (Acts 25:11). At the end of his trial before Herod Agrippa, Agrippa said, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to the emperor" (Acts 26:32). When Paul arrived in Rome, he referred to this appeal to the emperor when speaking to the Jewish leaders, "But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to the emperor - even though I had no charge to bring against my nation." (Acts 28:19).

Herod Family

Several members of the Herod family who ruled over the whole of Judea or parts of it under the authority of the Roman Empire played prominent roles in the New Testament. The Herod family are also well-known in history, from inscriptions, coins, and contemporary historians, particularly Josephus and Tacitus.

The NT often refers to the ruler using the generic title 'Herod', rather than identifying the particular member of the Herod dynasty.

Herod I the Great (37 - 4 BC)

Herod the Great ruled over all Judea at the time of the birth of Jesus. He was remembered for his extensive building works, including the harbour at Caesarea, and the Temple in Jerusalem.

Both Matthew uses his reign to date the birth of Jesus, "In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea ..." (Matt 2:1). Luke uses his reign to date the birth of John the Baptist, "In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah." (Lk 1:5)

Matthew records the visit of the wise men to Herod, and the subsequent killing of all the first-born boys in Bethlehem, "When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men." (Matt 2:16). Although this event is not recorded in history, it is quite typical of the behaviour of Herod the Great to eliminate any perceived threat to his power.

There were several sons of Herod who became rulers over portions of Israel, Archelaus, Antipas and Philip the Tetrach.

Archelaus (4 BC - AD 6)

Archelaus was the oldest son of Herod the Great and was appointed Ethnarch of Judea, Samaria & Idumea by the Romans, following the death of his father. Archelaus was violent and brutal, and after protests and petitions by the Jews, he was removed from power by the Romans and banished to France, after which Judea was ruled by Roman procurators, such as Pilate.

After the flight to Egypt, Joseph was warned by in a dream not to return to Judea because Archelaus was ruling there, "But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee". (Matt 2:22).

Antipas (4 BC - AD 39)

Antipas was another son of Herod the great, and the second husband of Herodias. He was appointed Tetrarch of Galilee, and Perea by the Romans. Luke dates the beginning of the public ministry by the rule of Antipas, "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee" (the Herod being Antipas) (Lk 3:1). When Jesus was warned that Herod was wanting to kill him, he called Antipas, 'that fox' (Lk 13:31-32).

Antipas is primarily remembered for the execution of John the Baptist. In AD 29, Antipas went to visit Rome, visiting his brother, Philip on the way. There he met Philip's wife, Herodias, and they fell in love. She agreed to marry Antipas if he divorced his wife, the daughter of Aretas, king of the Nabataeans. John the Baptist spoke out against him marrying his brother’s wife, and was imprisoned. The Gospels record the event of Salome pleasing Antipas by dancing. When rewarded with whatever she wanted, on consulting her mother, asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter (Mt 14:1-11, Mk 6:14-29).


Philip was also a son of Herod the Great. He was the uncle and first husband of Herodias (Mt 14:4), and father of Salome. He was not a ruler, and lived mostly in Rome.


Herodias was a granddaughter of Herod the Great, and niece of Philip. She was also Philip’s wife, and mother of his daughter Salome. She left Philip to marry Antipas, and ordered the execution of John the Baptist (Mt 14:1-11, Mk 6:14-29).


Salome was the daughter of Herodias, who danced for Antipas. She was the grandniece and wife of Philip the Tetrarch, who was much older then her. Her second husband was Aristobulus king of Chalcis. She is not named in the Gospels, but her dance is described by Matthew and Mark (Matt 14:1-11, Mk 6:14-29)

Philip the Tetrarch (4 BC - AD 34)

Philip who was also a son of Herod the Great. He was appointed tetrarch of Trachonitis, Iturea and northern Palestine by the Romans. He was husband of his grandniece Salome. Luke dates the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry with his reign, "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis" (Lk 3:1).

Agrippa I (AD 37-44)

He was a grandson of Herod the Great, and brother of Herodias. He was appointed king firstly of Trachonitis, Batanea, and then eventually all of Israel.

It was Herod Agrippa who had James executed and Peter put in prison, even though he is not specifically named, "About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also". (Acts 12:1-3).

His rather gruesome death is recorded in the Book of Acts (12:20-23), and by Josephus.

Agrippa II (AD 50-93)

Agrippa II was the son of Son of Agrippa I. He was appointed Tetrarch of Iturea and Trachonitis, then later additionally of Galilee, Chalcis and the north. He was appointed by Festus to hear Paul’s defence (Acts 25:13 - 26:32).

Berenice or Bernice

Bernice was the sister and rumoured lover of Agrippa II. She attended Paul’s trial before Festus (Acts 25:13, 23, 26:30). Tacitus refers to her as Queen Bernice (Histories 2.2).


Drusilla was the sister of Herodias and Agrippa I, and wife of governor Felix, "Some days later when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak concerning faith in Christ Jesus." (Acts 24:24).

Roman Governors

Publius Sulpicius Quirinius (AD 6-9)

Quirinius was the governor of Syria when the census was taken around the time of the birth of Jesus, as recorded by Luke, "In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria" (Lk 2:1-2)

Quinirius was an imperial legate, who governed Syria Cilicia after the rebellion against the rule of Archelaus, although there are difficulties in identifying the census described by Luke with any census conducted by Quirinius.

Quirinius is mentioned on the Lapis Venetus inscription on a badly damaged tombstone. It was found in Beirut, Lebanon in the 1600's and taken to Venice, and is now held in the Vatican. The inscription reads, "Quintus Aemelius Secundus, son of Quintus, of the gens Palatina, in the military field service of the Divine Augustus under Publius Sulpicius Quirinius, Legate of Caesar, in Syria".

Pontius Pilate (AD 26-36)

Pontius Pilate was appointed Roman prefect over Judea by the Romans. He was one of a number of prefects or procurators who ruled over Judea, when it was not ruled by members of the Herod family. Pilate had a very prominent part in the trials of Jesus, eventually condemning him to death (Matt 27:11-26, Mk 15:1-15, Lk 23:1-24, Jn 18:28-19:22).

Pilate’s rule was also used by Luke to date the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea ..." (Lk 3:1).

His activities are described in detail in writings by Josephus and Philo.

An inscription with the name Pontius Pilate was found in Caesarea. This was the first piece of archaeological evidence to name Pilate.

Sergius Paulus

Sergius Paulus was proconsul of Cyprus under Emperor Claudius. It is very likely that he was the proconsul who was met by Paul and Barnabas on the First Missionary Journey. "When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas ... opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith." (Acts 13:6-7).

The family of Sergius Paulus owned large estates near to Pisidian Antioch, where inscriptions with his name have been found. Sergius Paulus may have asked Paul and Barnabus to travel to Pisidian Antioch to speak to other members of his family.

Lucius Junius Gallio Annaeanus (AD 51-52)

Gallio was the son of the older Seneca, and brother of the younger Seneca, the philosopher and adviser to Emperor Nero. Gallio was appointed proconsul of Achaia in July AD 51, and left a year later because of a fever.

He dismissed the case when Paul was brought before him in Corinth, "But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal." (Acts 18:12-17). This dates Paul’s visit to Corinth to the summer of AD 51.

The name of Gallio appears on a fragment of an inscription found in Delphi. The inscription is dated to AD 52, and records a letter from the Emperor Claudius, in which Gallio is named as the proconsul.

Marcus Antonius Felix (AD 52-59)

Felix was Procurator of Judea. Luke describes Paul’s trial before Felix in the Book of Acts (Acts 24:1-27).

The Roman historian Tacitus described Felix in this way, "He exercised the power of a king with the mind of a slave" (Tacitus History 5:9). He was recalled to Rome in AD 59 after causing great bloodshed in Caearea. He is also mentioned by Josephus (Antiquities 20.7:1-2) and by Suetonius (Lives of the Twelve Caesars - Claudius 28).

According to Josephus, following the departure of Felix, and before the arrival of Festus, the Jews illegally brought James, the brother of Jesus and apostle in Jerusalem, before the Sanhedrin and condemned him to death.

Porcius Festus (AD 59-62)

Festus replaced Felix as governor over Judea. "After two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; and since he wanted to grant the Jews a favour, Felix left Paul in prison." (Acts 24:37). He later ordered Paul to be brought before the tribunal, during which Paul appealed to the emperor (Acts 25:6-12). He is also mentioned by Josephus (Antiquities 20:8.9).

Other political figures

Aretas IV (9 BC - AD 40)

Aretas IV Phiopatris was the Arabian king of Nabatea, while it was subject to Rome. It later became a Roman province. His daughter married Herod Antipas, who then divorced her to marry his brother Philip's wife, Herodias. John the Baptist objected to this, was imprisoned and later executed (Mk 6:17). Aretas declared war on Antipas for this insult in AD 36, as recorded by Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews 18.5.1-4).

His name appears on coins and on inscriptions at Petra, the capital city of Nabatea.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul recalled that he escaped out of Damascus from Aretas, "In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hand." (2 Cor 11:32).

Judas of Galilee

When the apostles were brought before the Jewish Sanhedrin, Gamaliel, cautioned about previous people who claimed to be the messiah, including Judas the Galilean, "After him (Theudas) Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered." (Acts 5:37)

Judas of Galilee led a Jewish revolt against the census by Quirinius, as described by Josephus (Antiquities 18:1.1-10).


In the Book of Romans, Paul sends greetings to the church in Rome from Erastus, "Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you". (Rom 16:23)

Near the theatre in the ruins of Corinth is an inscription, "Erastus in return for his aedileship laid (the pavement) at his own expense". It is very likely that this is the same Erastus that Paul names.

Jewish leaders


Caiaphas was the high priest who instigated and presided over the trial of Jesus (Mt 26:57-68).

An elaborately carved ossuary inscribed ‘Joseph son of Caiaphas’ was discovered in Jerusalem in 1990, and is displayed in the Israel Museum.


Ananias, son of Nedebaios, was the High Priest (c. AD 47 -59), who presided over the trial of Paul, "Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an attorney, a certain Tertullus, and they reported their case against Paul to the governor (Felix)" (Acts 24:1). Ananias the high priest is also recorded by Josephus (Antiquities 20.5.2).

Gamaliel the Elder

Gamaliel was a leader of the Pharisees and grandson of Hillel, who had been the tutor of Paul, as Paul recalled in his testimony before the Jews "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel" (Acts 22:3). It was Gamaliel who cautioned the sanhedrin during the trial of the apostles, "But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time." (Acts 5:34).

He is named as the father of Simon by Josephus in his autobiography (Life 38).

The Bible

Pages which look at issues relevant to the whole Bible, such as the Canon of Scripture, as well as doctrinal and theological issues. There are also pages about the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha and 'lost books' of the Old Testament.

Also included are lists of the quotations of the OT in the NT, and passages of the OT quoted in the NT.

Why These 66 Books?
Books in the Hebrew Scriptures
Quotations in NT From OT
OT Passages Quoted in NT
History of the English Bible
Twelve Books of the Apocrypha
The Pseudepigrapha - False Writings
Lost Books Referenced in OT

Old Testament Overview

This is a series of six pages which give a historical overview through the Old Testament and the inter-testamental period, showing where each OT book fits into the history of Israel.

OT 1: Creation and Patriarchs
OT 2: Exodus and Wilderness
OT 3: Conquest and Monarchy
OT 4: Divided kingdom and Exile
OT 5: Return from Exile
OT 6: 400 Silent Years

New Testament Overview

This is a series of five pages which give a historical overview through the New Testament, focusing on the Ministry of Jesus, Paul's missionary journeys, and the later first century. Again, it shows where each book of the NT fits into the history of the first century.

NT 1: Life and Ministry of Jesus
NT 2: Birth of the Church
NT 3: Paul's Missionary Journeys
NT 4: Paul's Imprisonment
NT 5: John and Later NT

Introductions to Old Testament Books

This is an almost complete collection of introductions to each of the books in the Old Testament. Each contains information about the authorship, date, historical setting and main themes of the book.

Genesis Exodus Leviticus
Numbers Deuteronomy

Joshua Judges Ruth
1 & 2 Samuel 1 & 2 Kings Chronicles
Ezra & Nehemiah Esther

Job Psalms Proverbs

Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations
Ezekiel Daniel

Hosea Joel Amos
Obadiah Jonah Micah
Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah
Haggai Zechariah Malachi

Introductions to New Testament Books

This is a collection of introductions to each of the 27 books in the New Testament. Each contains information about the authorship, date, historical setting and main themes of the book.

Matthew's Gospel Mark's Gospel Luke's Gospel
John's Gospel

Book of Acts

Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians
Galatians Ephesians Philippians
Colossians 1 & 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy
2 Timothy Titus Philemon

Hebrews James 1 Peter
2 Peter 1 John 2 & 3 John


Old Testament History

Information about the different nations surrounding Israel, and other articles concerning Old Testament history and the inter-testamental period.

Canaanite Religion
Israel's Enemies During the Conquest
Syria / Aram
The Assyrian Empire
Babylon and its History
The Persian Empire
The Greek Empire
The 400 Silent Years
The Ptolemies and Seleucids
Antiochus IV - Epiphanes

Old Testament Studies

A series of articles covering more general topics for OT studies. These include a list of the people named in the OT and confirmed by archaeology. There are also pages to convert the different units of measure in the OT, such as the talent, cubit and ephah into modern units.

More theological topics include warfare in the ancient world, the Holy Spirit in the OT, and types of Jesus in the OT.

OT People Confirmed by Archaeology
The Jewish Calendar
The Importance of Paradox
Talent Converter (weights)
Cubit Converter (lengths)
OT People Search
Ephah Converter (volumes)
Holy War in the Ancient World
The Holy Spirit in the OT
Types of Jesus in the OT

Studies in the Pentateuch (Gen - Deut)

A series of articles covering studies in the five books of Moses. Studies in the Book of Genesis look at the historical nature of the early chapters of Genesis, the Tower of Babel and the Table of the Nations.

There are also pages about covenants, the sacrifices and offerings, the Jewish festivals and the tabernacle, as well as the issue of tithing.

Are chapters 1-11 of Genesis historical?
Chronology of the Flood
Genealogies of the Patriarchs
Table of the Nations (Gen 10)
Tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9)

Authorship of the Pentateuch
Chronology of the Wilderness Years
Names of God in the OT
Covenants in the OT
The Ten Commandments
The Tabernacle and its Theology
Sacrifices and Offerings
The Jewish Festivals
Balaam and Balak
Highlights from Deuteronomy
Overview of Deuteronomy

Studies in the Old Testament History Books (Josh - Esther)

Articles containing studies and helpful information for the history books. These include a list of the dates of the kings of Israel and Judah, a summary of the kings of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and studies of Solomon, Jeroboam and Josiah.

There are also pages describing some of the historical events of the period, including the Syro-Ephraimite War, and the Assyrian invasion of Judah in 701 BC.

Dates of the Kings of Judah and Israel
King Solomon
The Kings of Israel
King Jeroboam I of Israel
The Syro-Ephraimite War (735 BC)
Sennacherib's Invasion of Judah (701 BC)
King Josiah of Judah
Differences Between Kings and Chronicles
Chronology of the post-exilic period

Studies in the Old Testament Prophets (Is - Mal)

Articles containing studies and helpful information for the OT prophets. These include a page looking at the way the prophets look ahead into their future, a page looking at the question of whether Satan is a fallen angel, and a page studying the seventy weeks of Daniel.

There are also a series of pages giving a commentary through the text of two of the books:
Isaiah (13 pages) and Daniel (10 pages).

Prophets and the Future
The Call of Jeremiah (Jer 1)
The Fall of Satan? (Is 14, Ezek 28)
Daniel Commentary (10 pages)
Isaiah Commentary (13 pages)
Formation of the Book of Jeremiah

Daniel's Seventy Weeks (Dan 9:24-27)

New Testament Studies

A series of articles covering more general topics for NT studies. These include a list of the people in the NT confirmed by archaeology.

More theological topics include the Kingdom of God and the Coming of Christ.

NT People Confirmed by Archaeology
The Kingdom of God / Heaven
Parousia (Coming of Christ)
The Importance of Paradox

Studies in the Four Gospels (Matt - John)

A series of articles covering various studies in the four gospels. These include a list of the unique passages in each of the Synoptic Gospels and helpful information about the parables and how to interpret them.

Some articles look at the life and ministry of Jesus, including his genealogy, birth narratives, transfiguration, the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and the seating arrangements at the Last Supper.

More theological topics include the teaching about the Holy Spirit as the Paraclete and whether John the Baptist fulfilled the predictions of the coming of Elijah.

Unique Passages in the Synoptic Gospels
The SynopticProblem
Genealogy of Jesus (Matt 1)
Birth Narratives of Jesus
Understanding the Parables
Peter's Confession and the Transfiguration
Was John the Baptist Elijah?
The Triumphal Entry
The Olivet Discourse (Mark 13)
Important themes in John's Gospel
John's Gospel Prologue (John 1)
Jesus Fulfilling Jewish Festivals
Reclining at Table at the Last Supper
The Holy Spirit as the Paraclete

Studies in the Book of Acts and the New Testament Letters

A series of articles covering various studies in the Book of Acts and the Letters, including Paul's letters. These include a page studying the messages given by the apostles in the Book of Acts, and the information about the financial collection that Paul made during his third missionary journey. More theological topics include Paul's teaching on Jesus as the last Adam, and descriptions of the church such as the body of Christ and the temple, as well as a look at redemption and the issue of fallen angels.

There are a series of pages giving a commentary through the text of five of the books:
Romans (7 pages), 1 Corinthians (7 pages), Galatians (3 pages), Philemon (1 page) and Hebrews (7 pages)

Apostolic Messages in the Book of Acts
Paul and His Apostleship
Collection for the Saints
The Church Described as a Temple
Church as the Body of Christ
Jesus as the Last Adam
Food Offered to Idols
Paul's Teaching on Headcoverings
Who are the Fallen Angels
The Meaning of Redemption
What is the Church?
Paul and the Greek Games

Romans Commentary (7 pages)

1 Corinthians Commentary (7 pages)

Galatians Commentary (3 pages)

Philemon Commentary (1 page)

Hebrews Commentary (7 pages)

Studies in the Book of Revelation

Articles containing studies and helpful information for the study of the Book of Revelation and topics concerning Eschatology (the study of end-times).

These include a description of the structure of the book, a comparison and contrast between the good and evil characters in the book and a list of the many allusions to the OT. For the seven churches, there is a page which gives links to their location on Google maps.

There is a page studying the important theme of Jesus as the Lamb, which forms the central theological truth of the book. There are pages looking at the major views of the Millennium, as well as the rapture and tribulation, as well as a list of dates of the second coming that have been mistakenly predicted through history.

There is also a series of ten pages giving a detailed commentry through the text of the Book of Revelation.

Introduction to the Book of Revelation
Characters Introduced in the Book
Structure of Revelation
List of Allusions to OT
The Description of Jesus as the Lamb
Virtual Seven Churches of Revelation
The Nero Redivius Myth
The Millennium (1000 years)
The Rapture and the Tribulation
Different Approaches to Revelation
Predicted Dates of the Second Coming

Revelation Commentary (10 pages)

How to do Inductive Bible Study

These are a series of pages giving practical help showing how to study the Bible inductively, by asking a series of simple questions. There are lists of observation and interpretation questions, as well as information about the structure and historical background of biblical books, as well as a list of the different types of figures of speech used in the Bible. There is also a page giving helpful tips on how to apply the Scriptures personally.

How to Study the Bible Inductively
I. The Inductive Study Method
II. Observation Questions
III. Interpretation Questions
IV. Structure of Books
V. Determining the Historical background
VI. Identifying Figures of Speech
VII. Personal Application
VIII. Text Layout

Types of Literature in the Bible

These are a series of pages giving practical help showing how to study each of the different types of book in the Bible by appreciating the type of literature being used. These include historical narrative, law, wisdom, prophets, Gospels, Acts, letters and Revelation.

It is most important that when reading the Bible we are taking note of the type of literature we are reading. Each type needs to be considered and interpreted differently as they have different purposes.

How to Understand OT Narratives
How to Understand OT Law
Hebrew Poetry
OT Wisdom Literature
Understanding the OT Prophets
The Four Gospels
The Parables of Jesus
The Book of Acts
How to Understand the NT Letters
Studying End Times (Eschatology)
The Book of Revelation

Geography and Archaeology

These are a series of pages giving geographical and archaeological information relevant to the study of the Bible. There is a page where you can search for a particular geographical location and locate it on Google maps, as well as viewing photographs on other sites.

There are also pages with photographs from Ephesus and Corinth.

Search for Geographical Locations
Major Archaeological Sites in Israel
Archaeological Sites in Assyria, Babylon and Persia
Virtual Paul's Missionary Journeys
Virtual Seven Churches of Revelation
Photos of the City of Corinth
Photos of the City of Ephesus

Biblical archaeology in museums around the world

A page with a facility to search for artifacts held in museums around the world which have a connection with the Bible. These give information about each artifact, as well as links to the museum's collection website where available showing high resolution photographs of the artifact.

There is also pages of photographs of important artifacts from the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Search Museums for Biblical Archaeology
British Museum Photos
Israel Museum Photos
Paris Louvre Photos

Difficult Theological and Ethical Questions

These are a series of pages looking at some of the more difficult questions of Christian theology, including war, suffering, disappointment and what happens to those who have never heard the Gospel.

Christian Ethics
Never Heard the Gospel
Is there Ever a Just War?
Why Does God Allow Suffering
Handling Disappointment

How to Preach

These are a series of pages giving a practical step-by-step explanation of the process of preparing a message for preaching, and how to lead a small group Bible study.

What is Preaching?
I. Two Approaches to Preaching
II. Study a Passage for Preaching
III. Creating a Message Outline
IV. Making Preaching Relevant
V. Presentation and Public Speaking
VI. Preaching Feedback and Critique
Leading a Small Group Bible Study

Information for SBS staff members

Two pages particularly relevant for people serving as staff on the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in YWAM. One gives helpful instruction about how to prepare to teach on a book in the SBS. The other gives a list of recommended topics which can be taught about for each book of the Bible.

Teaching on SBS Book Topics for SBS