Is Biblical History Knowable?

How to Evaluate the Credibility of the Bible

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by Brian Tubbs

Can People Trust the Bible as History?

Is the Bible true? Is the Bible historically reliable? Is there evidence that the people and stories of the Bible are true or authentic?

Is there evidence for the Bible? The Bible is a collection of sixty-six books, written over a span of approximately 1,500 years, forming the literary basis of the Christian faith. Its pages contain a panorama of colorful characters, miraculous events, moral teachings, and prophecies. Is the Bible a book of myths and fairy tales? Or is the Bible an accurate record of ancient history, or at least parts of ancient history?

Did Noah build an ark to escape a "Great Flood?" Did Abraham father Isaac and Ishmael? Did Moses liberate the Israelites from Egyptian bondage? Did Gideon defeat the Midianites? Did David rule Israel? Did Mary give birth to Jesus? Did Jesus rise from the dead? Are the stories and people of the Bible real and authentic? Is it even possible to know the answers to these questions?

Faith and Facts in the Bible

Discussion of the Bible is typically quite emotional and contentious, since any evaluation of the Bible’s credibility impacts the thoughts, beliefs, values, and traditions of billions of people. It is helpful therefore to set some "ground rules."

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