How Do Ancient Artifacts Shed Light on the New Testament?

archaeology-1Archaeologists study ancient cultures through the careful exhumation and examination of artifacts; their work sheds light on important biblical questions. For example, nearly all of pottery unearthed in Galilee came from a single Jewish village and not from Gentile potters, suggesting that contrary to the notion that Galilean Jews were “more lax” or “less strict,” they were actually very observant of Jewish food and cleanliness laws.

In another study of ancient pottery, there was a long-held contention that the clay jars containing the Dead Sea Scrolls were not connected to the nearby ruins of Qumran; but archaeologists were able to prove conclusively that the pottery found in Qumran and the jars found in the caves were made of the same clay, and so were inextricably linked.

Take a course in archaeology right in your living room

Unearth more fascinating pieces of history with scholar and archaeologist Dr. Craig Evans in his Mobile Ed course Archaeology and the New Testament. You’ll learn the fundamentals of archaeology, discover how archaeology informs us about the lifestyle and daily reality of Jesus and his apostles, and most importantly you’ll come away from the course with reliable archaeological evidence to support tenets of the faith like the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.

Starting on August 1, this course will be available as part of our exclusive Summer Session—for one low price you’ll get the entire Mobile Ed course, a bundle of perfectly paired books, and access to an online community where you can engage in conversation with your classmates as you work through the course together. Listen to Dr. Evans describe Archaeology and the New Testament, then keep reading to learn how you can take your study deeper with Summer Session.


Stay on track with built-in accountability

When you join the Summer Session for Archaeology and the New Testament, you’ll be part of a community of fellow learners and Bible enthusiasts—a group of pastors, scholars, and everyday Christians who share your excitement for learning.

If a little extra structure helps you thrive, you’ll love the organized format of Summer Session. Our team divided the course and exercises into manageable, one-hour segments. Logos scholar Dr. Dale Brueggemann will guide you through discussions with your peers. Summer Session brings the seminary classroom experience to you!

Summer Session for Dr. Craig Evans’s Archaeology and the New Testament starts August 1—enroll today!


There’s still time to earn your New Testament Certificate—the discussion groups for sessions one and two might be closed but the courses are still available! Find out how you can work through three Mobile Ed courses and earn a New Testament Cornerstone Certificate at


  1. I took a class with Dr Craig Evans on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has an extensive knowledge on history of the OT, NT as well as culture or background. He is a great professor!