In a story about the USA census National Public Radio took a dagger to Luke, the Physician ,and author of the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament. Why bother NPR? It is a silly thing to do. The unnamed commentator (that is all she is, not an expert) said that the census that Luke recorded likely did not happen at the time of the birth of Jesus. “Likely”? Why even both mentioning. It was irrelevant to the current USA census. The commentator was missing some data.
Except for the understanding of Doctor Luke, no one in the modern era can be certain that a census did or did not happen. Here is the conclusion of Biblical Archaeology.
… Quirinius’s personal chronology is not fully known, particularly around the years of Jesus’ birth. Thus, it is not impossible that he held another office at the time which Luke appropriately describes with (h[gemoneuontoj thj Suriaj) hegmoneuontos tēs Surias, a description as we saw which could also appropriately describe the office from which he took his well-known census. In short, it is most likely under this otherwise unattested office that Quirinius officiated over what Luke describes. To say more would go beyond the present evidence; to say otherwise, would, as we saw, strain the syntax. As such, I. Howard Marshall is probably right when he suggests that Luke’s full vindication lies buried somewhere, waiting to be unearthed.51 Until then, Luke’s historiographical track record (well-documented in other places52) and the implausibility of such a monumental miscalculation, especially considering his method of and purpose for writing (cf. Luke 1:1–4),53 should forestall the rather premature conclusions noted initially. Moreover, for those of us with a high view of Scripture, the fact that Luke’s record is indeed part of Scripture suggests that these conclusions are not only premature but are, in the end, simply wrong. Further evidence will only demonstrate this more conclusively.
Time will tell. Maybe in eternity we will know (if it is at all relevant then).
Biblical Archaeology article
MacGregor helps us understand archaeology’s dance with Biblical texts.
Cyrus is a king mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible and is identified as Cyrus the Great (also Cyrus II or Cyrus the Elder) who reigned over Persia between 539—530 BC. This pagan king is important in Jewish history because it was under his rule that Jews were first allowed to return to Israel after 70 years of captivity.
In one of the most amazing prophecies of the Bible, Isaiah predicts Cyrus’ decree to free the Jews. One hundred fifty years before Cyrus lived, the prophet calls him by name and gives details of Cyrus’ benevolence to the Jews: “This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him . . . ‘I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me’” (Isaiah 45:1,4; see also 41:2-25; 42:6). Evincing His sovereignty over all nations, God says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please” (Isaiah 44:28). Continue reading
One experience that drastically affected my view of evidence of the ancients (ancient people) and accuracy of the biblical record occurred when I was no more than 10 years of age. I heard a radio teacher who taught that secular theologians proclaim there is no evidence of Hittites therefore there never were Hittites nor a Hittite civilization. The biblical account can’t be right, therefore. I remember pondering: Genesis records the activities of Hittites. We can’t prove they existed. Hmmm! What is the impact of that? Does it make Genesis unreliable/inaccurate? I couldn’t answer that question at the time. Does anyone question the existence of the Hittites today? Of course not! But, university professors of that day were proclaiming that they never existed.
That event happened in the late 1950s. I am not sure where the teacher got his information because the Hittites were discovered in the late 1800s. However, I am sure that the teacher was right in this regard. In the day, preceding the discovery of the Hittites, you can be sure that there were theologians and professors questioning the existence of the Hittites.
Though the radio teacher was wrong, this event helped me realize something important. Though there is no archaeological or scientific evidence for a statement in the Bible, that does not mean that the Bible is wrong or inaccurate. There are events in the Bible which are not verifiable by archaeology or science. That does not mean the events are untrue.
All data do not have to be verifiable to be accurate. There is mystery in history and our God is mysterious.
More Information on the Hittites:
Ancient History – The Hittites
“4000 year old” meal
Evidence of people, places and times recorded in the Bible
The 1st 30 Minutes We Will Look At The 50 Artefacts Found Confirming What We Are Told, In The Bible…
Then A 3 Minute Montage of The 50 PEOPLE The Bible Mentions Confirmed, By Archaeology… ( @ 32:30 minutes )
Followed By The Exodus, The Red Sea Crossing, And Mount Sinai… ( @ 36:00 minutes )
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Skeptics ridicule and historians mock, but the historical accuracy of the Bible continues to be confirmed by archeological finds.
Skeptics ridicule, and historians mock, but each time the archaeologist’s spade penetrates the soil of history they are silenced…
“It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible.”
The journey is difficult but the results show that Hebrew relics can be found in Egypt.
Using the latest archaelogical evidence from the stables of Rameses ll to little-known ancient Egyptian texts, Egyptologist and Bible Archaeologist show that Israel did infact exist and had a presence in ancient Egypt. This is the 2003 documentary “Who Was Moses?”