This is the second post in the NIV Quest Study Bible (Zondervan, 2019) series in which a popular question about the Bible is asked and answered.
The NIV Quest Study Bible (website) is the result of two publishing companies, Zondervan and Christianity Today International, working together to enhance the Bible text with answers to challenging questions people have as they read Scripture.
More than 1,000 average Bible readers helped determine questions the notes explain, creating a resource featuring more than 7,000 notes written in question-and-answer format that provide insight into the common, uncommon, and sometimes perplexing passages from the Bible, such as "What prevents God from hearing our prayers?" and "Why does God test us?"
Although the Bible is not an ancient history textbook, it does report events that have been confirmed by other historical works. Consider the following examples:
Archeological digs and ancient Assyrian records confirm the Bible's portrayal of King Sennacherib's invasion of Judah (2 Kings 18:13-19:37).
Until recent excavations at Tell Mardikh uncovered tablets mentioning Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-29), scholars dismissed the existence of both cities as a biblical legend.
The Hittites were also considered a biblical legend until their capital and...