Fantastic Finds in Ancient Lands

Explore the amazing archaeological discoveries of Tyre, Beersheba, Hazor (a Canaanite capital city), Jericho and other cities mentioned in the Bible. Learn how the Dead Sea Scrolls provide evidence of God’s preservation of the accuracy of the copying of scripture.

– Taught by Dr. Mark Finley and Dr. Michael G. Hasel

Fantastic finds in the Middle East have stimulated a greater interest in the lands of the Bible. Archaeology does not prove the Bible is inspired, but it does present evidence for seeking minds that confirms its authenticity. Fantastic Finds in Ancient Lands is the third of five courses in The Discoveries of a Lifetime series taught by Dr. Mark Finley and Dr. Michael G. Hasel.

In this study of Biblical Archaeology, you will:

  • Discover historical facts about ancient cities (Tyre, Caesarea and others) mentioned in the Bible
  • Discover fascinating archaeological evidence, which proves the collapse of the walls of Jericho
  • Learn how the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls provides overwhelming evidence of God’s protection of the authenticity of the copying of scriptures down through the ages
  • Learn how the discovery of Saigon’s Palace proves the existence of this King of Assyria mentioned in Isaiah 20:1
  • Learn when and where archaeologist discovered physical evidence of the oldest known passage of scripture (Numbers 6:24-26)
  • Receive the lecture and the notes from Dr. Finley and Dr. Hasel
  • And much more …

What is Biblical Archaeology?

The name refers to a special focus of archaeology within a certain location at a certain point in time. The fact that it’s Biblical Archaeology means that excavations are typically limited to areas mentioned in the Bible; places such as modern-day Israel, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. The time period includes, but is not limited to, 1,400 BCE (late Bronze Age) through the first century BCE. The aim of Biblical Archaeology is to find physical evidence that would shed light on people, places, events, and customs described in the Bible. (Reference: Ashley Echard, contributing writer for Christian Broadcasting Network)

Note: BCE (Before Common Era) and BC (Before Christ) mean the same thing.

Before completing the course, you will be required to take a brief quiz to test your understanding of the material presented.

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Mark Finley serves as Assistant to the President of the General Conference, appointed at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta. Prior to this he became a vice president at the 2005 General Conference Session in St. Louis, after serving nearly two years as general field secretary at the world headquarters, directing the Center for Global Evangelism. As assistant to the president he continues to work with evangelism and television as his primary portfolio. His best-known association is as a television speaker for the series Experience Hope a weekly broadcast of the Hope Channel; for 20 years as speaker for the It Is Written telecast; and he became a pioneer of satellite evangelism technology when he launched the first NET evangelism satellite series broadcast in North America in1995, and again in 1996, 2000 and 2008. He has preached more than 20 NET series broadcasts throughout the world with millions in attendance.


Michael G. Hasel has taught Near Eastern studies, biblical studies, and archaeology at Southern since 1998. In the 1995-96 academic year, he was the Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. In 2005 he served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, funded by the U.S. Department of State. Hasel has participated and served in administrative capacities on ten different excavations in the Middle East, including Gezer, Ashkelon, Dor, Miqne-Ekron, Masada, and Hazor, and Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel; at Idalion, Cyprus, and Jalul in Jordan. Currently, the Institute of Archaeology at Southern Adventist University co-sponsors The Fourth Expedition to Lachish with The Hebrew University. Hasel serves as co-director of this excavation.

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