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The Matter of Biblical Truth Remains a Question to Many Around the World...

One of the most ongoing debates presently has been regarding the authenticity of the bible and New Testament. Some feel that the Bible is a fictitious work, while others believe in it truly. Others have said that the Bible is an accurate historical work inspired by God.1 There has been a great deal of archeological evidence from the New Testament that has been found and proven.

For example, there is severe evidence proving the existence of Jesus. First of all, there is the gospels, which have been proven. Second of all, there are witnesses. The Jewish historian Josephus (37 A.D. to 100 A.D.) recorded the history of the Jews from about 70 A.D. to when he died. Josephus mentions Jesus in one of his writings. Josephus confirms the facts that Jesus did many miracles, was crucified, and rose again on the third day. Along with Josephus, there are over 40 extra- biblical sources that talk about the life and teachings of Jesus.

There is also archeological evidence that the gospels are accurate. There are many archeologically proved examples from the gospels. For example, Jesus performed miracles at Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Chorazin, but these cities rejected Jesus, and therefore cursed by Jesus. The cities then eventually vanished from history, but now archeologists are finding possible locations for where the cities might have been. Also, in Matthew 2, Herod orders the death of hundreds of infants trying to kill the Messiah because he doesnt want his throne to be taken away.

There is archeological evidence proving that Herod probably did do this because of previous actions and because of how paranoid he was. Herod had already killed his favorite wife, three sons, a high priest, and many other innocents.

There is even more archeological evidence that specifically applies to Luke proving that Luke wrote very accurate historical accounts in his gospel and in Acts. Luke's accuracy is demonstrated by the fact that he names key historical figures in the correct time sequence as well as correct titles to government officials in various areas: Thessalonica, politarchs; Ephesus, temple wardens; Cyprus, procouncil; and Malta, the first man of the island.1 In Acts 28:7, Luke gives Plubius the title of first man of the island. Many scholars have questioned Lukes accurateness because of this and have deemed the title unhistorical. However, recent archeological findings prove that Luke was right. Inscriptions were found that give Plubius the title of first man of the island.

There is also evidence to the crucifixion of Jesus. All four gospels give evidence to the crucifixion of Jesus. The way that the crucifixion was described has been found fully in archeology. For example, in 1968 a body, Yohan Ben Ha'galgol, was found to have been crucified. Yohans body was found to have had some of the things done to Jesus done to him, which gives further evidence to the crucifixion. For example, nails were hammered through the feet, but so that they go through the Achilles tendon. Nails were also driven through Yohans lower forearms because in order to breathe Yohan would have to push up on pierced feet and on pierced hands. To make breathing even more difficult Yohans legs were broken. All of this was recorded in the gospels. So, we now know that here is sufficient evidence to the crucifixion to Jesus.



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