Do the statements of Bible critics who dismiss the Gospels as real history hold up under scrutiny? In this follow-up to the previous sermon on undesigned coincidences, we take a quick walk through some of voluminous evidence from history and archaeology that verifies that the authors of the Gospels knew what they were talking about and got their information right. The evidence discussed includes 13 people mentioned in the Gospels whose existence has been verified by archaeology and/or other historical records, 25 places mentioned in the Gospels that have been verified historically or by archaeology, nine specific structures or buildings mentioned in the Gospels that have been verified through archaeology, internal evidence that shows the Gospels are an accurate record of life in Judea and Galilee in the early first century, and quotes from early Roman and Jewish historians and officials that confirm the basic facts of the Gospels.
United Church of God Pastor, Beyond Today Managing Editor
Scott Ashley is managing editor of Beyond Today magazine, United Church of God booklets and its printed Bible Study Course. He and his wife, Connie, live near Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Ashley attended Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas, graduating in 1976 with a theology major and minors in journalism and speech. It was there that he first became interested in publishing, an industry in which he has worked for more than 40 years.