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Critics of the historical Jesus, stipulate that there is substantial evidence for the person described as Jesus of Nazareth. In the same breath, they state that this evidence is not accurate. In order to make this assertion, a person must ignore the facts of the historical record which describe the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We have the secular record of the Roman government--from the time when Jesus is alleged to have been in Jerusalem, which names Jesus as crucified under Pontius Pilate, in harmony with the New Testament gospels.
We have the secular record of the Jews, written in their Talmud, Sanhedrin, 43 a-b, that states that Jesus was crucified; Herzog 1, Munich 95, Firenze 11.1.8-9, and Barc0.1
We have the Biblical account of Jesus life, death, and resurrection--by those who were either present during these events, or recored the testimony of those who were present at these events. The New Testament narrative of Jesus Christ has never been impeached in a 2,000 year history by anyone. There are 24,593 documents which have survived this period of history.
We have the record of the Christian church. By 350 A.D., the number of Christians in the world had grown exponentially to 33,882,208, or 56.5 percent of the population of the world.2 If the resurrection did not take place as the four gospels describe, then how do we explain the explosive growth of the Christian church to over 33 million believers and 56 percent of the world's population, just 300 years after the resurrection was first reported?
We have the archeological record of history which validates the pristine accuracy of the New Testament. Old Testament: Nelson Glueck is considered one of the world's greatest Archeologists. His work in the discovery of over 1,500 ancient sites led him to the firm conclusion that every reference in the Old Testament scriptures which refers to an ancient city, civilization, or people, were entirely accurate in every regard. New Testament: World famous historian and renowned archeologist, William Ramsey began as an atheist in his exploration of New Testament validity. Upon an expedition to the places described by the New Testament, Dr. Ramsey discovered the pristine accuracy of Luke's narrative. He concluded that the record of Jesus Christ is true and became a follower of Jesus. Dr. Ramsey described Luke as "a historian of the first rank."
We have archeological evidence from the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in the Shroud of Turin. Originally described as a fraud, today the Shroud has been validated as an authentic historical artifact from the time period when Jesus was crucified. Documented by forensic experts as containing substantial evidence that this linen cloth is in fact, the burial shroud of the man described as Jesus of Nazareth. This Shroud remains as the most stunning piece of empirical evidence ever discovered.
The evidence which is presented to us for the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, His death and resurrection, as well as a certain validation of Him as a real person of history, meets or exceeds the evidentiary requirements that have been established by every court of justice in the world.
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Print Length: 421 pages
Publisher: Teach The Word Ministries, Inc; Second edition (October 16, 2013)