Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Is there historical evidence that Jesus existed?

Historical evidence outside of the Bible that indicates that Jesus Christ existed.

There are several references to Jesus in both the pagan as well as anti-Jesus Jewish writings. We will here briefly mention several of them, but the ones that relate to the actual deity of Jesus Christ we will list in the end. 

Thallus (circa 51AD) is quoted by Julius Africanus sometime around 221AD, when Africanus writes, “On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. 

This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun.”  

Though the existence of Jesus is not explicitly mentioned, the events listed here her are stunning confirmations of seismic events that occurred with the death of Jesus – darkness, rocks rent, and earthquake. It confirms what the Bible says, “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour… And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent; … And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent; … Now thee centurion, and they that were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:45, 51, 54, ASV.) 

Mara Bar-Serapion around 73AD, “What advantage did the Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death? Famine and plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king? It was just after that that their kingdom was abolished.” Though the name of Jesus is not specifically referenced here by Mara bar Serapion, the only person this may have reference to is Jesus, for he was the only one executed for being the “King of the Jews,” after which Jerusalem was destroyed within a single generation, approximately 40 years later, in 70AD.

Tacitus (circa 56-120AD) writes, “Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular.”  

The Testimonium Flavianum: Again, the first century Jewish Historian Josephus Flavius wrote “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.” (Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book XVIII, Ch. III, Sn. 3.) 

This passage is considered by some to be an interpolation, yet there has been no real evidence to negate the original existence of the passage. Even if part of it had been interpolated, his writing still evidences the existence of Jesus during that time. 
Kitab alUnwan: Though this Arabic version of the Testimonium Flavianum dates around 941 or 942AD, the similarities of its “Yusifus, the Hebrew” that speaks of a “Jesus” whose “conduct was good, and was known to be virtuous,” and whom “Pilate condemned him to be crucified” and “accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah,” shows the existence of Josephus Testimonium Flavianum’s widespread existence.  

The Jewish Talmud writes against Jesus, yet nonetheless acknowledges his existence. It says, “On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu and the herald went before him for forty days saying Yeshu is going forth to be stoned in that he hath practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel. Let everyone knowing ought in his defense come and plead for him. But they found naught in his defense and hanged him on the eve of Passover” 

We have seen from these few references of Jesus from non-Christian sources of antiquity that Jesus did indeed exist. These sources are references to the very existence of Jesus Christ, and they are from outside the Bible. But what about his deity? Are there any literary sources of antiquity that say that the Early Church believed he was God? Remarkably, we find from extra-Biblical sources that the Early Church indeed considered Jesus to be God! Let’s look at a few… 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sola Scriptura - Only Scripture sheds light on the identity of Jesus Christ as God and Man

The Bible is the Word of God. It is only from the Bible that we can learn confidently about the deity and humanity of Jesus. 

What then is our basis when exploring the deity of Jesus Christ? The answer is, Scripture Only. 

The Reformation of the sixteenth century (which some Church historians date as beginning on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle,) resulted in several “pillars,” called The Five Solas. 

The word Sola is a Latin word which means “Solely.”

These five Solas are as follows: Sola Gratia (Solely by grace;) Sola Fide (Solely by faith;) Solus Christus (Solely through Christ;) Soli Deo Gloria (Solely to the glory of God) and Sola Scriptura (Solely Scripture.) Added to Sola Scriptura we may also say Tota Scriptura, meaning All of Scripture, not just bits and pieces.

If we are to investigate the deity of Jesus Christ, we must appeal to Scripture only. Only Scripture can teach us who and what Jesus is. We cannot rely on our best guesses or philosophic musings. We cannot rely on the opinions of man or on the creeds and the counsels of the church, regardless of how impressive they may be. Man may fail, but God never fails. The verdicts and the creeds that result from assemblies and counsels are uninspired. Only Scripture is inspired. 

With Scripture, we mean that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is our rule of faith and conduct. In our investigation into the deity of Jesus Christ we will rely on the Bible itself to tell us whether Jesus is God or not. We will only rely on the 39 Books of the Old Testament and the 27 Books of the New Testament that make up the 66 Books of the Bible, also known as the Canon. However, we will begin our study by briefly referencing extra-Biblical allusions to the deity of Christ. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Just discovered another golden nugget from the Bible this morning: 

Acts 17:18 says Paul “preached Jesus.” 

In the following verses Paul talks about “THE UNKNOWN GOD” (vs 23,) “the God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth” (verse 24,) “The Godhead” (verse 29,) and “God” (verse 30.) In this context Paul says, “...him I declare unto you” (verse 23.) 

And who did Paul declare? Going back to verse 18, it was “JESUS!” 

Jesus is the God, the Godhead, the Creator and the Supreme Sovereign Lord of heaven and earth! See my book, “Son of God and Man,” about more of Jesus as our Supreme God. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Why Affirm the Humanity of Christ

As important as the deity of Christ is, equally as important is his humanity.

We will also explore what Scripture says about the humanity of Jesus. We will see that the Jesus possessed not only a divine nature, but he also possessed a very real human nature. 

We will see that Jesus was both God and Man, and why he had to be Man also. We will see that Jesus is God in the Flesh, that he became a genuine human being. He was a Man just like us in every way, except for sin. 

He was the God-Man, the Divine-Human Being. 

At the end, we will conclude with confidence that Jesus is indeed God, and why it matters – what shall we do with Jesus? How do we react to the truth that Jesus is God?

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Why affirm the Deity of Christ

In this chapter: Why is it so important to affirm that Jesus is God? Why is it important to understand that he is Man also? A brief introduction to what we will explore throughout this book.

The belief in the deity of Jesus Christ cannot in any way be compromised. It is absolutely imperative to affirm this orthodox truth, regardless of the whims and ways that come and go with every passing generation, culture or religious thought.

If the belief in the deity of Jesus Christ is in any way weakened or removed, the very foundation of Christianity is shaken. It loses its power. It becomes just another religious system alongside all other religious systems.

But a sustained belief in the deity of Jesus Christ keeps the Christian Faith stable and strong. It causes the Church to proclaim this truth, and all that is built on it, with great conviction and power.

We live in a world that is much different than the world of a couple of generations ago. That said, we also live in a world that is also much the same as it was a couple of generations ago. This statement may seem contradictory, but let me explain. Though the world is different from external and ideological points of view, the world is still the same when we consider that human nature is still the same. 

Fashions come and fashions go. Cultures and kingdoms come and go. The political sphere changes with every generation, and sometimes within just 10 years, regardless of the party or political affiliation.

Yet man’s nature is the same. Even in Noah’s times, “…GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5, KJV.) Yes, the world is still very much the same as it has been since the fall of man. Every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart tends towards rebellion against God – leaning towards our sinful nature.

This is very much true when it comes to our understanding regarding the Deity of Jesus Christ. Theologians and philosophers have wrestled back and forth regarding the deity of Christ. Is he God or not? If he is not God, what and who was he? If he is God, how is he God?

Whether it be the Greek Philosophers and Gnostics that challenged the Early Church on his deity, or whether it be the Arians of old, or the Unitarians of modern days who do the same, the deity of Jesus Christ has been under great assault.

It is the Christian Believer’s prerogative to adhere to what Scripture teaches about the deity of Jesus Christ, regardless of what the popular opinion of the day dictates. Paradigms shift and popular opinion changes from of one generation to another, but the truth remains the same, regardless of the endless musings of the unending line of wise sophists and revered philosophers.

We will see that the Scriptures portray Jesus Christ as God, but before we do, we will also glean from extra-Biblical historical records, which evidences both the existence of Jesus, as well as the Early Christian belief that he was God, and that non-Christians understood that Christians revered him as such.

We will briefly look at some religions that negate the deity of Jesus. Then we will explore the abundance of Scripture that teach that Jesus is God. These Scriptures will be from both Old and New Testaments. We will also investigate the supposedly non-God verses, which some say negate the deity of Jesus. We will see that not only do they in no way whatsoever negate the deity of Jesus, but in some cases actually affirm it!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Living the Crucified Life

In this video, Joel Hitchcock teaches that we should "Live the Crucified Life!" This means that we should consider ourselves dead to sin and all it's effects, such as depression, fear, etc. This has been made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we identify with him and his glorious work.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Praying and Proclaiming Prosperity and Success

My Wonderful Lord and Heavenly Father, 

You are El Shaddai -  the Lord God Almighty, your will is prosperity.

For I am your beloved for whom you wish above all things that I may prosper and be in health, even as my soul prospers (3 John 2, ULKJV.)

For you know the plans you have for me, plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV.) The thoughts and plans that you have for me are thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give me hope in my final outcome (AMP,) and give me an expected end (ULKJV.)

Lord You promised that if I obey and serve you, I shall spend my days in prosperity, and my years in pleasures (Job 36:11, ULKJV.) My greatest pleasure is to delight myself in you, and you shall give me the desires of my heart (Psalms 37:4, ULKJV.) 

You send your angel with me and prosper my way (Genesis 24:40, ULKJV.) I keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them that I may prosper in all that I do (Deuteronomy 29:9.)

I delight in the law of the LORD; and in your law do I meditate day and night. And I shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in my season; my leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever I do shall prosper (Psalms 1:3, ULKJV.) Whatsoever I do! All that I do I accomplish (ABPE.) I succeed in everything I do (GWT.)

I have come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22, ULKJV,) and I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and I shall prosper (Psalms 122:6, ULKJV.) 

As you were with Moses, so you will be with me: you will not fail me, nor forsake me. Therefore, I am strong and of good courage. strong and very courageous, that I may observe to do according to all the law … that I may prosper wherever I go. This book of the law shall not depart out of my mouth; but I shall meditate therein day and night, that I may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then I shall make my way prosperous and then I shall have good success! (Joshua1:5-8, ULKJV.) 

So Lord, I ask of you, let now your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant … who desires to fear your name: and prosper, I pray of you, your servant this day, and grant me mercy (Nehemiah 1:11, ULKJV.)

For You are planting seeds of peace and prosperity in my life (Zechariah 8:12, NLT.) That seed is prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and you will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things (ULKJV.)

I cleave to the LORD, and depart not from following you … the LORD is with me; and I prosper wherever I go forth (2 Kings 18:7, ULKJV.)

I seek my God, I do it with all my heart, and I prosper (2 Chronicles 31:21, ULKJV.) As long as I seek the LORD, God makes me to prosper (2 Chronicles 26:5, ULKJV.)

I pray and proclaim all of your promises in the most holy and most powerful name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. 

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Son of God and Man - New book by Joel Hitchcock

"Son of God and Man - the Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ"

Jesus Christ is God and Man. What a statement! Those who believe this premise adhere to a teaching concerning the nature of Christ that is essential to salvation and eternal life. 

Those who reject this statement are those who depart from the plain teaching of the Bible, and thereby forfeit their salvation and eternal life.
Someone said that Jesus is either a liar or a lunatic, but if he is not one of these, he is indeed the Lord. Another old-time preacher said, "Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or he was himself deluded and self-deceived, or he was Divine. There is no getting out of this trilemma. It is inexorable." 

Jesus is not only God. He is also man. This is a glorious thing. Never ever was there a man that was God incarnate. But Jesus was just that - he was fully God and fully man. This is what we mean with the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. 

By the phrase, the Deity of Jesus Christ we mean that Jesus is God. The word deity means, "divine status, quality, or nature." It also means "the creator and supreme being." 

Therefore, we will explore the deity of Jesus Christ, and make the case that Jesus Christ is indeed God, that he is the Creator of everything, that he is the Supreme Being. We will explore his divine status, quality and nature. 

We are about to engage in an investigation into the deity of Jesus Christ.  We will examine the arguments against the deity of Jesus Christ, as well as those in favor of his deity. We will conclude that Jesus Christ is undeniably the Almighty God of the Bible, and that he became God incarnate, and that he is the Eternal God who became a man.

We are also going to study the humanity of Jesus. As important as his deity is, so important is his humanity. If we ignore this vital thing - that Jesus was also man, it actually weakens our understanding about his deity. 

Understanding the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ will bring you into a deeper relationship with Him!

Jesus is the Son of God and Man... 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How to set up a high peak pole Gospel tent

An old fashioned revival in a high peak pole Gospel tent is quite an exciting and also an exhilarating experience! People come from far and wide to hear the evangelist preach under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Many stream to the altar to be saved, delivered and healed. God confirms his Word with signs and wonders, and the Lord demonstrates that nothing is impossible with God!

Many people however, do not realize all the work that goes into the actual setting up of the Gospel tent. Hours and hours are consumed by many volunteers as they get ready for a wonderful and mighty move of God.

I made this video today for the benefit of those who need to see how to set up such a revival tent. It's a point by point tutorial, complete with video footage and hand written charts, presented by someone who has set this tent up several times. I trust that it will be a blessing to you!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Christian Legal and Historical Apologetics

If you don't know what Christian Apologetics is, please first go here and then come back to this article. 

This article is specifically about Christian Legal and Historical Apologetics. 

There are many different religions in the world, with their own set of sacred writings, some dating back several millennia. Much of their content however is noticeably mythological in nature, and in complete disharmony with historical facts. 

The Judeo-Christian faith however relies deeply on the historicity of its events.  The historical events of the Old and New Testaments do not have a mythological element to them, but are written as true histories, albeit histories rife with the supernatural intervention and orchestration of God.

The paranormal events in the Scriptures are embedded within the actual historical accounts, in contradistinction with archaic mythological religions, which are obviously mythological, and in which historicity has little value. 

It is for this reason that the historical nature of the Bible has been under such scrutiny by those who are averse to Christianity.  

The Christian Canon (which includes both the Old and New Testaments) presentation of its histories as being factual presents offers higher critical scholars a unique opportunity. 

If they can disprove the historicity of the Bible the Scriptures would be thus demonstrated to be as mythological as any other archaic religion. 

Whether these mythologies be Greek or Nordic, Aboriginal or Native American, Hindu or Buddhist, none of these mythologies are under scrutiny, because it is assumed that they are just what they are understood to be – mythological. 

The Judeo-Christian Canon however is not obviously mythological, but presents the reader with an impression that the authors really intended to convey historical facts, and how the God of the Bible interacts and intervenes in Bible History.

If the historicity of creation, the deluge of Noah, the existence of Moses, the Bible Kings of Israel and Judah, the actual existence of Jesus Christ and His apostles can be negated, the very foundation of the Bible as a factual and historical book is removed. 

If the historical accounts of the Bible cannot be trusted, then so also the soteriological accounts may not have to be trusted, and therefore the exclusivity of salvation through Jesus Christ. 

The scrutiny under which the Bible finds itself however, should not be considered only as hostile to the Christian Faith.  On the contrary, it gives the Christian Apologist an opportunity to share his or her faith by answering this scrutiny rationally and systematically. 

What is Christian Legal Apologetics?

Christian Legal Apologetics is a branch of Christian Apologetics that affirms that the historic and central claims of Christianity can be verified when legal standards of weighing evidence are applied.  

An example of Legal Christian Apologists is Dr. Simon Greenleaf of the Harvard Law School. His works include “A Treatise on the Law of Evidence” (1842). In his essay, “The Testimony of the Evangelists Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice” he wrote: 

“All that Christianity asks of men … is, that they would be consistent with themselves; that they would treat its evidences as they treat the evidence of other tings; and that they would try and judge its actors and witnesses, as they deal with their fellow men, when testifying to human affairs and actions, in human tribunals. Let the witnesses be compared with themselves, with each other, and with surrounding facts and circumstances; and let their testimony be sifter, as if it were given in a court of justice, on the side of the adverse party, the witness being subjected to a rigorous cross-examination. The result, it is confidently believed, will be an undoubting conviction of their integrity, ability and truth”. 

We see then that Legal Apologetics does not shy away from scrutiny, but encourages it in order to verify the historical claims of the Bible

Tools of Legal Apologetics

Legal Apologetics uses the following tools:

1. The Legal Reconstruction Method

The Legal Reconstruction Method deals with the legal investigation of whether a certain thing has taken place or not.  This is done by using all data available surrounding the event, as well as the testimony of witnesses. All improbable and unestablished data is dismissed, and the scenario is “reconstructed” based on the undisputable evidence.

2. Sufficient and Total Proof in the Legal Method

When most people demand proof, they predominantly have scientific proof in mind. However, although the Legal Apologist includes scientific proof, he or she also includes other evidences to prove the veracity of a certain event in the Bible, so that the result is at the least sense sufficient, and in the most sense total.

Although “total proof” is difficult to establish, “sufficient proof” presented by the Legal Apologist may aid in removing barriers to the honest seeker of truth to come to the point of faith. 

Ultimately acceptance of Christianity hinges on faith, and not on the wisdom of men. Sufficient proof is an aid to bring the seeker to faith.

Tools of Historical Apologetics

While Legal Apologetics concerns itself primarily with the method of proving the veracity of Christianity by submitting it to scrutiny much like in a court of law, Historical Apologetics focuses on the historicity of a Biblical event.

Historical Apologetics uses the following tools:

1. Archeology

By confirming Biblical events with archeological finds, the veracity of Bible claims become more credible. 

Modern archaeology has its origins in the efforts of Napoleon Bonaparte’s mandate to the systematic study of the ancient monuments and artifacts of Egypt. Archeology initially was not a tool used to verify Biblical accounts, but was rather curiosity in the histories of ancient civilizations. 

Biblical Archeology is therefore a subset of General Archeology. 

2. Dating Techniques:

The age of an archaeological find aids in developing an accurate reconstruction of an archaic event. For example, the Shroud of Turin which was reported to be the burial cloth of Christ was proven to range from around 1,260 – 1,390AD by using carbon dating.  By using carbon dating, the shroud was ruled out as the burial cloth of Christ. The acceptance or rejection of the shroud proved nothing regarding the existence or non-existence of Christ Himself. However, dating techniques aids Legal and Historical Apologetics in other instances. 

3. Linguistic Studies:

Linguistic Studies concerns itself with the ancient languages in which the Bible was written, such as ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. 

(a) Biblical Languages: A History of Studies: 

The study of the Code of Hammurabi, the Nuzi Tablets, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the tablets found in Ebla near Syria and other scrolls such as those found at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt are examples of the abundance of written material found in Biblical lands.

(b) Value of Linguistic Studies: 

By studying languages of Bible times the Christian Legal and Historical Apologist can explain usages such as “sister” for wife used by Abraham, Isaac, Songs of Solomon, etc. Other examples of meanings of archaic words and concepts can be explained, such as Sarai’s adoption of Ishmael, Abraham’s servant Eliezer’s ritualistic covenant with Abraham, etc. 

Linguistic studies aid in evaluating the accuracy and authenticity of ancient manuscripts. 

Textual Criticism, for example, is an entire branch of science that concerns itself with the identification and removal of transcription errors in text.  With Textual Criticism errors, deletions and additions made by the copyists of the original manuscripts are removed, so that the original wording of the original manuscript may be established.

This is how criticism of the Book of Daniel was answered when critics pointed to an occasional Persian word and concluded that the book would rather have been written around 100BC, and not in 600BC. Robert Dick Wilson refuted these claims using linguistic studies.

The Christian Apologist should always point to Scripture at its original manuscript level. 

Archeology has discovered over 5,300 Greek Manuscripts, 10,000 Latin Manuscripts, 9,400 other early manuscripts, and yet another 24,000 manuscripts of the New Testament. They are not the original manuscripts, but copies of the original. By comparing copies and considering their age, not only their quantity, the accurate text of the non-existent original manuscript is determined. 

When the Bible and other ancient books are put under this kind of scrutiny, the superiority of the Bible’s Old and New Testaments compared to other ancient writings become more evident.

The Application of Legal/Historical Tools

As the Bible increasingly became the target of scholars that are hostile to it, scrutinizing it with the intent of discrediting it, Legal and Historical Apologists emerged. This emergence did not only counter the attacks on its veracity and inerrancy, but also increased its reliability as it stood the withstood the test of criticism from historical and archeological perspectives.

1. Insights into History / Chronology:

Historical accounts are written in different chronologies in different cultures and times. This fact explains some chronological varieties in the Bible.

2. Insights into Culture, Customs and Manners:  

One needs only to look at the vast changes in American culture that have taken place in dress, speech and applications of tradition since 1776. Compared to modern times America of old seems to be a different country. This vast change over just under 250 years is a microscopic picture compared to the Bible that covers a history of 4,000 years, written by about 40 different authors over a period of 1,600 years by different people in different lands in different cultures. 

3. Insights into Languages and Meanings of words and phrases:

Even in the English language, the meanings of words change. For example, the word, “awful” at one time meant something positive (full of awe). However, in modern times the word, “awful” has a negative ring to it. Other examples are “incredible”, which used to mean something negative (without merit), but in modern times has a positive ring to it.

So too the meanings of the words used in the Bible have changed.  Bible criticism should not be limited to the English language, but an investigation should be launched into the original languages such as Hebrew, Chaldean, Aramaic and Greek. Furthermore, the meanings of those words in those times should be investigated, since they may not have meant the same as the same word in modern Hebrew or Greek.

4. Insights through reconstruction or investigation of Biblical histories or incidents: 

Though a person had not been there, an investigator can get a very reliable idea of what happened during the voyages of the Titanic or the first voyage to the North Pole, but using all the data available to reconstruct these occurrences. 

The same is true when Bible scholars perform similar reconstructions of Biblical events such as the siege of Jericho, the fall of the Persian Empire, and the events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection narratives of the Gospels. 

Other Values of Historical Investigations:

1. A better understanding of Biblical Text or Transmission:

This will aid in explaining why the 66 books of the Canon were included in the Canon, and why the Apocryphal Books were rejected.

2. A Better Appreciation of the Reliability of the Scriptures:

Once the Bible’s veracity and inerrancy is established by Historical and Legal Investigations, the reader of the Bible will appreciate its reliability even more, which will aid in believing all the promises it contains as yes and amen in Christ Jesus.

3. A Better Appreciation of Prophecy:

Most prophecies of the Bible have already been fulfilled. By investigating the stunning accuracy of the time element involved with the prophecy by Daniel regarding the time of the Messiah (fulfilled in Jesus Christ) and yet other stunningly clear accuracies regarding the destruction of the temple in 70AD (prophesied by Jesus Christ), the Christian Apologist may give a powerful presentation to any critics as to the reliability of the Bible as per its divine origin.  Also, past fulfilled prophecies are a precursor to the future fulfillment of eschatological prophetic texts. 

So, what am I saying here? The bottom line is that Legal and Historical Scrutiny of the Bible does not impede, but rather aids in establishing the credibility of the Bible. The Bible can be trusted, and you can receive all the promises of God contained therein! Can I hear an "Amen?!"

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