Thursday, September 25, 2008

Excerpt from Jews and Joes

The Hebrew Scriptures, a Trustworthy Instrument of History

"A substantial proof for the accuracy of the Old Testament text has come from archeology. Numerous discoveries have confirmed the historical accuracy of the biblical documents, even down to the obsolete names of foreign kings... Rather than a manifestation of complete ignorance of the facts of its day, the biblical record thus reflects a great knowledge by the writer of his day, as well as precision in textual transmission." -Norman L. Geisler, William Nix "A General Introduction to the Bible" 5th Edition (Chicago: Moody Press 1983) p. 253

"Little by little, one city after another, one civilization after another, one culture after another, whose memories were enshrined only in the Bible, were restored to their proper places in ancient history by the studies of archaeologists... Contemporary records of biblical events emphasized by contrast and comparison... Nowhere has archaeological discovery refuted the Bible as history." -John Elder "Prophets, idols and Diggers" (New York: Bobbs Merrill, 1960) p. 16