What do a Greek-speaking Egyptian insurgent and an ancient aristocrat of the Nabateans have in common? They both indicate to the trustworthiness of the Bible.
One of the many renouned topics we cover at BreakPoint is the way that archaeology and associated disciplines are ceaselessly confirming the biblical narrative.
It’s easy to see given so many Christians respond to this topic: distinct other faiths, Christianity is secure in genuine human history. It tells the story of God’s actions in the same universe that you and we occupy, as against to some fabulous “once on a time.”
The only problem, at slightest from my perspective, is that it’s scarcely always Eric Metaxas explanation you on BreakPoint the good news about archaeology and the Bible. He loves those stories. But so do I, and so today, it’s my turn.
The September/October issue of Biblical Archaeology Review presents the latest entrance in a series of articles inventory biblical total whose existence have been reliable in extra-biblical chronological sources and/or archaeology.
The editors of BAR have told the author, Lawrence Mykytiuk of Purdue University, that his prior entries are among the many renouned articles ever published in the magazine, whose readership is a multiple of scholars and very well-read laymen. In his last entry, Mykytiuk focuses on domestic total named in the New Testament. Some of them, like the 4 Roman emperors named in the New Testament, are apparently well-attested. Something identical can be pronounced about the disease of the Herodians that underline prominently in the Gospels and the book of Acts.
But the New Testament writers don’t stop at the obvious. They, generally Luke and Paul, yield sum that only someone who lived by the events or spoke to an eye-witness could provide. One reliable instance is found in 2 Corinthians 11. Paul tells the Corinthians that “At Damascus, the administrator under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in sequence to seize me.”
Aretas, “a contemporary of Herod Antipas,” was a genuine person whose existence has been documented by both extra-biblical sources and archaeology. Coins and other artifacts temperament his name have been found from what’s now Jordan to Italy. What we know of his life and power outward of the Bible argues for the historicity of Paul’s account.
A some-more problematic instance is found in Acts 21. Paul has returned to Jerusalem, where he knows that seizure and presumably death wait him. He is pounded by a host at the Temple and only survives given he is discovered by Roman soldiers. The commander, on conference Paul pronounce Greek, says “Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently influenced up a rebel and led 4 thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” Paul replied that no, he was a Jew from Tarsus, which he called “no meant city.”
This sell was a anxiety to a rebellion chronicled by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. There was an Egyptian, who would have oral Greek, who lead a aroused overthrow involving thousands of men in the forest at around the same time as the events in Acts.
While the Romans put down the insurrection, the Egyptian transient and was believed to be in or nearby Jerusalem. Thus, what Luke annals in Acts is accurately the kind of sell that would have taken place at that time between Roman troops and questionable Greek-speaking strangers.
These are just two examples of many, created in both parchments and in the very belligerent of the Holy Land, that demonstrate to the trustworthiness of Scripture and the chronological inlet of Christian revelation. You see, instead of being misconceptions and fables or even discarnate ideals, Christian commercial is about, as 1 John says, that “which we have heard, which we have seen with the eyes, which we have looked at and the hands have overwhelmed . . .”
So it shouldn’t warn us that the list of biblical total and places reliable by archaeologists and other scholars continues to grow. It’s accurately what we should expect—and I’m happy to be the one who reminds us this time.
(This explanation creatively aired Aug 31, 2017.)
The Reliability of Scripture: “That Which We Have Seen with Our Eyes”
As John points out, acknowledgment of New Testament total isn’t really a surprise, given these people are a partial of history. To review some-more about Lawrence Mykytiuk’s work, click on the links below.