(Biblical Archaeology) 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." 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 BAR’s supplementary webpage. Some even posted translations.
I thought about following up with a similar article on people in the New Testament, but I soon realized that this would be so dominated by the question of Jesus’ existence that I needed to consider this question separately. This is that article: