Why Are There No Extra-Biblical Writings That Confirm Christianity
By Arthur Khachatryan
Why are there no historical testimonies of miracles outside the Bible consistent with the New Testament? How come there are no extra-biblical writings that confirm the New Testament? Why didn’t more non-Christian historians of antiquity mention Jesus? Those who did, why didn’t they paint Jesus in the same manner consistent with the Christians who wrote the New Testament (NT) documents? One may be inclined to ask these questions with good intentions, but the origin of the issue assumes a gaping oversight on the part of the questioner, and the answers are actually implicit in the questions themselves. All we need to do is consider history in light of the way in which personal persuasions work themselves out. Whether we’re dealing with supernatural events witnessed by extra-biblical writers or with their own testimony of historical narratives surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, there is a problem with the expectation of any writing existing outside the Bible, conferring full agreement with the Bible.
The Bible was composed through a process, which included a historical assessment of the writings. Now, for the sake of argument, because we’re chiefly concerned with the historical merits of the NT, and not necessarily with the supernatural inspiration of God, we’re only going to be looking at the practical historical questions. No doubt, if one accepts the inspiration of Scripture (as I do), the questions dissipate quickly, as only those writings which were understood to be inspired were included in the NT canon.
The biblical canon was formed by a rigorous analysis of what comprised historical trustworthiness and divine inspiration. Those with a higher view of Scripture would, of course, see the inspiration in light of historical reliability, which happens not in a biblical vacuum, but finds reciprocation between external historical sources…