The Hidden Secrets of Babylon

Explore the Babylonian culture, from King Nebuchadnezzar down to Saddam Hussein, uncovered through biblical archaeology. Learn the fascinating connections between the Bible, prophecy, and the ancient city of Babylon.

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

The discoveries of the ancient past help to confirm the truthfulness and authenticity of the Bible. Archaeology does not prove the Bible is true. It does provide additional information outside the record of scripture that reinforces the biblical narrative. The past informs the present. The Hidden Secrets of Babylon is the second 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:

  • Learn about the Babylonian culture
  • Learn the fascinating connections between the Bible, prophecy, and the ancient city of Babylon, for example, the inscriptions of King Nebuchadnezzar, The Babylonian Chronicles that accurately record the capture of Jerusalem, and much more
  • Learn quick facts about the city of Babylon
  • Discover Saddam Hussein’s fascination with King Nebuchadnezzar and how that may have contributed to his downfall in Iraq
  • 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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