Archaeological Evidence: Exodus and the Trial of Jesus

By Eric Metaxas

Every year, usually at Christmas time, a so-called “mainstream” magazine takes up the topic of Christianity or the Bible. Often, Christians who believe the Bible get a fair hearing—other times, not so much. This latest time, it was Newsweek and journalist Kurt Eichenwald doing the “honors.”

Here’s the title: “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” Actually, this piece is so ill-informed that it’s a sin—not just against God but against good journalism. Al Mohler had this to say: “[Eichenwald’s] article is a hit-piece that lacks any journalistic balance or credibility. His only sources cited within the article are from severe critics of evangelical Christianity.”

Actually, perhaps Dr. Mohler is being too kind! I only mention the Newsweek piece to make a point—that the Christian worldview is under assault 24/7, and we need to be prepared to make a rational, reasonable defense of the truth of the faith.

Of course, the Bible has plenty of allies, not the least of which is the discipline of archaeology. Over the years, we’ve told you here at BreakPoint about some of the fascinating discoveries that have confirmed the accuracy of both the Old and New Testaments.

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For instance, secular scholars had long doubted whether King David ever actually existed—until, that is, archaeologists found extra-biblical evidence: a piece of stone from an ancient victory monument, which bore the inscription in ancient Aramaic, “King of Israel” and “House of David.”

One recent archaeological discovery was big enough to make the front page of the Washington Post. As the Post reports, archaeologists digging beneath the floor of an abandoned building in Jerusalem’s Old City have discovered the suspected remains of the palace where the trial of Jesus Christ may have taken place.

Yisca Harani, an expert on Christianity and pilgrimage to the Holy Land, said, “For those Christians who care about accuracy in regards to historical facts, this is very forceful.”

Well, I dare say that we Christians certainly do care. After all…

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Archaeological Evidence: Exodus and the Trial of Jesus