Since this is a question about religion and the Bible and that sort of thing, I hope to tread lightly in my asking of this and that others will try to tread lightly in the replies. I’m not looking to debate God, the Bible, religion, or the possible existence of anything related to that at all…I’m merely looking for a factual answer to: Did anyone who is mentioned in the Bible really exist, for sure?
This question came from me looking up info about Moses and David and Solomon just now… I always thought they were real people who actually existed in real life, far back in history, but I was surprised to find out that there is actually very little evidence that any of them actually existed at all.
So that got me thinking: Surely someone mentioned in the Bible had to exist eventually… Or is that totally wrong? Is there any point, in the line/succession of kings where there is little to no evidence of one existing, but definite proof that the next king that took the throne existed?
I started clicking on the “next” buttons for Kings of Israel…and got as far as Jeroboam, who seems to have actually existed, but I’m not certain. And unlike his father Asa (of which Wikipedia has the disclaimer the only proof of his reign is from the Bible), Jehoshaphat’s page doesn’t seem to have one.
At what point did the line go from “probably fictional” to “most likely real”? At what person?