Below are a video (2:58) and an audio (3:55), produced by different sources, which report yet another occasion where modern archaeology confirms the claims of the ancient Bible.
People interested in history and truth turn to the Bible.
Video (2:58) from CBN
Audio (3:55) from the Colson Center for Worldview [Editorial note as of March 3, 2017: Sorry, but it appears that the Colson Center is no longer publishing this page.]
My post Craig Evans on the Reliability of the Bible. It contains a link to a transcript of an interview with Evans titled “Is the Bible Reliable?” (The article does not, however, contain the word “verisimilitude.”)
YouTube video Bart Ehrman & Craig Evans 2012 Debate P1 (start at 14:04). Herein, Dr. Evans describes various aspects of verisimilitude in the New Testament.
Facebook post by Neil Shenvi on The frequency of first names in the biblical accounts matches the actual frequency of names in 1st century Palestine. Neil told me that he derived this information from R. Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Eerdmans (2006), p. 85-88. Neil also recommended this YouTube video lecture by Dr. Peter J. Williams (Warden of Tyndale House in the UK): New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts (total time 53:45).
The Wikipedia article Language of Jesus identifies numerous Aramaic words found in the Greek New Testament (e.g. Abba, mammon, hosanna, Gethesemane). Most Bible scholars believe that Aramaic was the language used by Jesus and His disciples because it was the common language of the cities and regions in which they lived and traveled. Greek was the lingua franca of the broader world at that time. Therefore, finding some Aramaic words sprinkled throughout documents written in Greek is just what you would expect of a first-century Mediterranean-wide social movement that originated in Palestine.
The link below is to the transcipt of an interview with New Testament scholar Craig A. Evans of Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Evans is a good source of information on the Bible for many reasons, but particularly because he is not given to hyperbole and because his assurance about the Bible’s historicity is based upon subtle but important facts – such as its verisimilitude wherein so many of its details are corroborated by other historical sources from its times.
For example, Evans says:
If you have an old document, one of the first tests is to ask, Does it really reflect life back then as we know it? If it does, the historian takes it seriously. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the book of Acts—these are the basic narrative books of the New Testament. They talk about real people, real events, real places, and the archaeologist can show that; so a fictional, nonexistent Jesus makes no sense of the actual hard data we have.
Evans thus demonstrates how the biblical documents are historically valid as well as theologically informative. This is indeed helpful scholarship and he is gentleman as well.
(12 min read; 2,986 words)
Source: Interviews: Is the Bible Reliable?
Jim Wallace compares the biblical witnesses with hostile Jewish and Gentile witnesses.
(13 min read; 3,110 words)
Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | Cold Case Christianity.
In this post, Craig Keener looks at three different historical periods covered by the Bible – the times of Abraham, Israel’s Kings, and Jesus – and explains how our historical knowledge of each period differs. In providing this nuance, Keener helps us to see how unwarranted skepticism about the historical reliability of the Bible really is.
(16 min read; 3,897 words)
A Deeper Look at If the Bible Is Reliable.
(HT: The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)