This is an important point to use to discuss archaeology and its influence on believers. The Bible tells us that Jonah walked for 3 days to get to the center of the city of Nineveh. Archaeologists have come along thousands of years later and have excavated the city’s remains and they do not find such a vast boundary for that city. The archaeologist then declares the bible to be false as it is stating an unsupported detail. But here is the problem and it is one that is highlighted excellently by KA Kitchen in his book The Bible In Its world.
In this work Mr. Kitchen demonstrates that an archaeological team may only excavate 2-5% of any given site, the rest remains buried or lost due to time. Erosion and other influences play a role in the diminished remains of any given city or village.What is important here that should be noted and discussed further is that the 2-5% figure given by Mr. Kitchen refers basically to what is left to excavate. In other words the archaeologist does not uncover 100% of the remains. They are missing over 90% of the information they need to draw their conclusions and uncover the past. The archaeologist is NOT uncovering 2-5% of the original city only that portion of the remains.
The Bible is not proven wrong by archaeology, it is that archaeology is misusing the little information they receive from their digs.They are the ones misinformed not the Bible.
The same goes for the fish that swallowed Jonah. Researchers and science are looking fo a species of fish that can swallow a man whole and he can live inside it for three days without being harmed. Well God did not need a species of fish, he only needed 1 fish. That one that ate Jonah probably was a mutant fish that God prepared specifically for that task. The fish probably had lived 20-30 years prior to Jonah’s adventure before being ready to swallow the man. But don’t go looking for the fish as it died thousands of years ago and most likely did not fossilize.