A few years ago, people exploring caves outside Jerusalem came across the find of a lifetime concerning archeological evidence for the Bible: an ancient burial cave containing the remains of a crucified man.
This is only one in a series of discoveries that falsifies a 100 year old scholarly belief. That belief held that the Gospels are almost entirely declaration and contain little, if any, real history.
The remains belonged to a man who had been executed in the first century A.D., that is, from the time of Jesus. As Jeffrey Sheler writes in his book; Is the Bible True? The skeleton confirms what the evangelists wrote about Jesus’ death and burial in several important ways.
Location – scholars had long doubted the biblical account of Jesus’ burial. They believed that crucified criminals were tossed in a mass grave and then devoured by wild animals. This man, a near contemporary of Jesus, was buried in the same way the Bible says Jesus was buried.
The man’s shinbones appeared to have been broken. They would break the legs of the crucified to hasten death, something from which Jesus, already dead, was spared.
This factor is especially notable, considering that scholars have lengthy rejected the information of John’s Passion story as theologically inspired decorations.
Another part of John’s Gospel that biblical archaeology has recently corroborated is the story of Jesus healing the lame man in John 5. John describes a five-sided pool just inside the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem where the sick came to be healed. Since no other document of antiquity– including the rest of the Bible– mentions such a place, skeptics have long argued that John simply invented the place.
As Sheler points out, when archaeologists decided to dig where John said that the pool had been located, they found a five-sided pool. What’s more, the pool contained shrines to the Greek gods of healing. Apparently John didn’t make up the pool.
The dismissal of biblical texts without bothering to dig points to a dirty little secret about a lot of scholarly opinion: Much of the traditional suspicion of the biblical text can only be called a prejudice. That is, it’s a conclusion arrived at before one has the facts.
Scholars long assumed that the Bible, like other documents of antiquity, was essentially propaganda!
Christians believe that God has acted, and continues to act, in history and archeological evidence for the Bible. For us, remembering what God has done is an act of worship– something that brings us closer to God.
Thus, while these discoveries in the desert may come as a surprise to some skeptics, they’re no surprise to Christians.
While archeology alone can not bring a person to faith, these archeological evidences for the Bible are an eloquent argument for not dismissing the truth of Scripture before at least examining the evidence, because, as we are learning every day, Jesus meant it when He said, “The very stones will cry out.”
Discover other archeological evidences for the Bible:
- Archeological Evidence For Snakes Having Legs
- Archeological Evidence For Mount Sinai – Jebel El Lawz
- Archeological Evidence For The Red Sea Crossing
- Archeological Evidence For The Great Flood
- Archeological Evidence For The Dead Sea Scrolls
- Archeological Evidence For Hezekiah’s Tunnel
- Archeological Evidence For The Tel Dan Inscription
- Archeological Evidence For Cyrus Cylinder
- Archeological Evidence For The City Of Tyre
- Archeological Evidence For The Moabite Stone
- Archeological Evidence For The Caiaphas Ossuary
- Archeological Evidence For The Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ
- Archeological Evidence For The Fall Of Masada
- Archeological Evidence For The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah
- Archeological Evidence For The Nazareth Inscription
- Archeological Evidence For The 14 Generations “Error” In Matthew
- Archeological Evidence For The Biblical God In Ancient Chinese Writings
- Archeological Evidence For Pontius Pilate
- Archeological Evidence For The Plagues In Egypt
- Archeological Evidence For The Colosseum Being Built With 2nd Temple Treasures
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