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    I am really trying to find some historical documentation or writings that would help support the truth found in the Bible. I know it exists, but I am having some trouble finding some. Does anyone have any links or can you post some things that would help me here? Thanks.
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    There's lots (seen the Naked Archeologist lately?), but the best proof is knowing Jesus personally. It's hard to deny someone you know.
    Those who seek God with all their heart will find Him and be given sight. Those who seek their own agenda will remain blind.

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    • #3
      Exactly as said above, the better bet is on the person of Jesus. Origen was criticized by pagans for not explaining Christianity in terms of philosophies, what was important for the Greeks. Instead Origen said that our faith is based upon an historic event and not a man-made philosophy. It is in the resurrection which demonstrates the truthfulness of Christianity, and that cannot be demonstrated except by way of faith. Truth is found in Christ and Christ's actions and words.
      ~Clay

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Fighting Instinct View Post
        I am really trying to find some historical documentation or writings that would help support the truth found in the Bible.
        Well, how about the fact that the Bible has the most existing copies by far of itself, than any other ancient book? Somewhere between 10,000 to 50,000 fragments. (Yet Homer's Illead has maybe 2, yet we accept it as historical)

        What about the fact that the Bible itself, has been written about or quoted from in literature, poetry, drama, and song more than any other document written by the hand of men combined?

        Just not really sure exactly what you are looking for, to be able to help.

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        • #5
          I am really trying to find some historical documentation or writings that would help support the truth found in the Bible.
          I strongly recommend "The Case for Christ", by Lee Stroebel. Read the first 3 chapters. The historical documentation you are looking for can be found there.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by David Taylor View Post
            Well, how about the fact that the Bible has the most existing copies by far of itself, than any other ancient book? Somewhere between 10,000 to 50,000 fragments. (Yet Homer's Illead has maybe 2, yet we accept it as historical)

            What about the fact that the Bible itself, has been written about or quoted from in literature, poetry, drama, and song more than any other document written by the hand of men combined?

            Just not really sure exactly what you are looking for, to be able to help.
            That really doesn't support the truth in it. It merely shows it was written. I got caught in the same trap.

            Originally posted by IPet2_9 View Post
            I strongly recommend "The Case for Christ", by Lee Stroebel. Read the first 3 chapters. The historical documentation you are looking for can be found there.
            Thanks.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Fighting Instinct View Post
              I am really trying to find some historical documentation or writings that would help support the truth found in the Bible. I know it exists, but I am having some trouble finding some. Does anyone have any links or can you post some things that would help me here? Thanks.
              Here are some facts:

              http://completewordblindfaith.blogspot.com/

              ananias
              "But you must not be called Rabbi, for One is your teacher, Christ, and you are all brothers.

              And call no one your father on the earth, for One is your Father in Heaven.

              Nor be called teachers, for One is your Teacher, even Christ."
              (Mat.23: 8-10)

              AND

              "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another.

              By this all shall know that you are My disciples, if you have love toward one another."
              (Joh.13: 34-35)

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              • #8
                1. Establish that it was transmitted accurately (the Dead Sea scrolls contained the earliest full manuscript of Isaiah, which matched MUCH later copies).

                2. Look at prophecies fulfilled (many).

                3. Note its consistency, despite 40 authors writing over a period of 2000 years.

                Compelling evidence.

                For more, try "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell.
                Phl 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

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                • #9
                  Actually the dead sea scrolls contain all the books in the OT except for Ester which was accidentally destroyed after it was found. I did a thread on the board on this that includes alot of links that should help: http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=120402&

                  This site should also help too: http://www.bible-history.com/

                  Archaeology is one of the strongest areas of proving the bible..proving the people the places and events actually happened as described in the bible and they are constantly finding new things too.

                  God bless
                  "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated?" - D A Carson

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys! This helps a ton!!!
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                    • #11
                      I googled "Bible proved' and found 4 million articles !!!

                      Here is one for you:

                      TODAY'S SCIENCE PROVES...
                      KJV BIBLE IS CORRECT

                      http://www.neaiga.org/Bible%20Proved.htm

                      my God; in Him I will trust (Psa 91:2).

                      If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, NOW is the time.

                      Persevere, pray and be ready for the Return of Christ.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Fighting Instinct View Post
                        I am really trying to find some historical documentation or writings that would help support the truth found in the Bible. I know it exists, but I am having some trouble finding some. Does anyone have any links or can you post some things that would help me here? Thanks.
                        Look these up:

                        Larsa-Weld Prism
                        Giglamesh Tablet
                        Temptation Seal
                        Adam & Eve Seal (or tablet...can't remember)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sold Out View Post
                          Look these up:

                          Larsa-Weld Prism
                          Giglamesh Tablet
                          Temptation Seal
                          Adam & Eve Seal (or tablet...can't remember)
                          Wow...

                          Just looked those up. I had know idea there was proof of the 'fire and brimstone' over Soddom and Gamorrah.
                          "I could not but smile out to God in praises,
                          in assurance of victory,
                          because God would by things that are not,
                          bring to naught things that are.
                          Of which I had great assurance, and God did it"
                          - Oliver Cromwell

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by IPet2_9 View Post
                            I strongly recommend "The Case for Christ", by Lee Stroebel. Read the first 3 chapters. The historical documentation you are looking for can be found there.
                            I have read several of Strobel's "The Case for [insert latest title]" and don't find them to be the panacea that most Christians do. Aside from being rather contrived, the "journalistic" approach he takes is quite weak. Someone who is honestly seeking truth interviews people on both sides of the argument and sees where the evidence leads. Strobel's interviews are done entirely with people with whom he fundamentally agrees. A bit too straw-man for my liking. If the case is indeed so solid, including interviews with true skeptics would have bolstered his points. The fact that no such interviews were included tends to make one think that the case isn't quite as solid as we're lead to believe.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by David Taylor View Post
                              Well, how about the fact that the Bible has the most existing copies by far of itself, than any other ancient book? Somewhere between 10,000 to 50,000 fragments. (Yet Homer's Illead has maybe 2, yet we accept it as historical)
                              In and of itself, this argument doesn't really prove whether what was written is true, merely that people know how to copy jot-for-jot and tittle-for-tittle, and that there were a lot of people to do so. As for the Iliad, it's accepted that Homer wrote it, but it's not accepted as historically accurate as the Bible is supposed to be. The implications of whether the Iliad is an accurate historical account are nil, so 2 copies are enough to say, "Meh, that's a nice legendary tale, close enough." There's no compelling reason to care whether the stories are dead-on accurate, so more than 2 copies don't matter. If Homer were attempting to get people to follow a cause based on what he wrote, I'm sure there would be many more copies.

                              Originally posted by David Taylor View Post
                              What about the fact that the Bible itself, has been written about or quoted from in literature, poetry, drama, and song more than any other document written by the hand of men combined?
                              This only shows that a lot of people believe and like it, not that it is indeed true.

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