Why would tracing the archaeology of a shipwreck be important to the understanding of the bible? One thing, it helps establish the credibility of the chronicler of the account. These indirect or ancillary witnesses are often needed to lend support to the overall story. Here is a partial (see the other posts) explanation detailing some of the events of Paul’s shipwreck on Malta:
Acts 27:29 And fearing that we might run aground somewhere on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and wished for daybreak. As noted previously, the captain, sensing that the ship was approaching land, cast off four “storm anchors” to secure the ship. Mark Gatt notes, logically, that the ship did not spend […]
There are no contradictions in scripture. However, there are apparent contradictions which dissolve with further insight from God-directed studies. Cornelius Van Til used the term “paradox” to describe apparent contradictions in scripture. Here is analysis into his writings about “limiting concepts” which is quite different from the way non-Christians define the term:
I have recently been wading into the thought of the 20th century Reformed theologian Cornelius Van Til in order to consider his use of the term “limiting concept.” These words appear throughout his collected works, both in his full-length books and his shorter articles. Our ability to define them is therefore key to understanding both…
At first blush, the final two verses of Ps. 51 appear out of place for the mere surface reader of this Psalm. However, the bible is filled with metaphors which often winnows the insincere from further study. In Proverbs it tells us it is to God’s glory to conceal the full intent of His disclosure (25.2). Paul, in several places in the New Testament, speaks of “mystery” as a revelation that is initially given in cryptic form but later revealed fully. Additionally, spiritual enlightenment ultimately comes from God the Spirit who decides who, when, where, how, how much- should know the finer points or fuller disclosure. Not everyone needs to know all the fine points for the life and tasks God has given them.
William A. Ross wrote his doctoral thesis on the last two verses of Psalm 51 claiming they cohere with the rest of the composition. The use of analogy often requires the blending of concepts to achieve meaning. Here is his short summary with pertinent proofs: https://williamaross.com/2019/07/18/new-article-on-psalm-51-in-jsot/#more-3564