Lawrence Mykytiuk’s popular BAR feature “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” describes 50 Hebrew Bible figures that have been identified archaeologically. His subsequent follow-up articles have increased the number of figures that can be identified archaeologically to 83. In this BAS Library Special Collection read all five of Lawrence Mykytiuk’s BAR articles that, together, reveal 83 biblical personalities—from both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament—confirmed by sources outside the Bible.

Mykytiuk has supplemented his BAR articles with a complete online list of endnotes detailing the archaeological evidence identifying each Biblical figure. We know that not all of our readers have access to some of the relatively obscure scholarly publications mentioned in his endnotes, so we put together a list of BAS Library-exclusive articles on each of the 53 figures from the Hebrew Bible.



Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2014 By Lawrence Mykytiuk

“How Many?” is a popular feature in each issue of BAR. In effect, this article is an extended example of a “How Many?” How many people in the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed archaeologically? The startling answer is at least 50! Let’s start with the Hebrew kings. According to the Bible, David ruled in […]

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2015 By Lawrence Mykytiuk

After two decades toiling in the quiet groves of academe, I published an article in BAR titled “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible.”a The enormous interest this article generated was a complete surprise to me. Nearly 40 websites in six languages, reflecting a wide spectrum of secular and religious orientations, linked to […]

Archaeology Confirms 3 More Bible People
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2017 By Lawrence Mykytiuk

Author Lawrence Mykytiuk has updated his popular BAR article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” from the March/April 2014 issue with evidence of more real Hebrew Bible people. Who makes the new cut?

New Testament Political Figures Confirmed
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2017 By Lawrence Mykytiuk

people from the Hebrew Bible have been confirmed by archaeology. What about the New Testament? Lawrence Mykytiuk examines the political figures in the New Testament who can be identified in the archaeological record and by extra-Biblical writings. Find out who makes the cut.

New Testament Religious Figures Confirmed
Biblical Archaeology Review, Summer 2021 By Lawrence Mykytiuk

In the pages of BAR, Lawrence Mykytiuk has demonstrated that archaeology and extra-biblical writings attest to the existence of 53 figures from the Hebrew Bible, Jesus, and 23 political figures from the New Testament. Now, find out how many New Testament religious figures can be identified from evidence beyond the Bible.