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OUDE TESTAMENT

(1) The Old Testament Has Been Faithfully Transmitted

(a) Careful Masoretes Subscribed to an Incredibly High Standard
(b) The Dead Sea Scrolls Confirm the Transmission Process
(c) Ancient Sources Confirm the Early Canon of the Old Testament

  • i. Prologue to Ecclesiasticus
  • ii. Philo
  • iii. Jamnia
  • iv. The Early Church Fathers
  • v. Josephus

(2) The Old Testament Has Been Verified with Archeology

(a) Findings from Neighboring Cultures

  • i. The Ebia Tablet
  • ii. Archaeological digs in the city of Bogazkoy, Turkey
  • iii. Archeological Digs in Sargon’s Palace in Khorsabad
  • iv. The Belshazar Tablet
  • v. The Nebo-Sarsekim Tablet

(b) Extra-Biblical confirmation of Biblical events

  • i. The campaign into Israel by Pharaoh Shishak
  • ii. The revolt of Moab against Israel
  • iii. The fall of Samaria
  • iv. The defeat of Ashdod by Sargon II
  • v. The campaign of Sennacherib against Judah
  • vi. The siege of Lachish by Sennacherib
  • vii. The assassination of Sennacherib by his own sons
  • viii. The fall of Nineveh as predicted by the prophets
  • ix. The fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar
  • x. The captivity of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, in Babylon

(3) The Old Testament Has Been Confirmed by Prophecy

(a) Accurate Predictions of Ancient Historical Events

  • i. Babylon Will Rule Over Judah for 70 Years
  • ii. Babylon’s Gates Will Open for Cyrus
  • iii. Babylon’s Kingdom Will Be Permanently Overthrown
  • iv. Babylon Will Be Reduced to Swampland
  • v. The Jews Will Survive Babylonian Rule and Return
  • vi. The Ninevites Will Be Drunk in Their Final Hours
  • vii. Nineveh Will Be Destroyed By Fire
  • viii. Tyre Will Be Attacked By Many Nations
  • ix. Tyre’s Stones, Timber and Soil Will Be Cast Into Sea
  • x. The Jews Will Avenge the Edomites

(b) The Old Testament Accurately  Predicts The Coming Messiah

  • i. Daniel 9:25
  • ii. Nehemiah 2:5-6

NIEUWE TESTAMENT

(1) The New Testament  Has Been Faithfully Transmitted

(a) Ancient Sources Confirm the Early New Testament Canon

  • i. Clement of Rome (c. A.D. 95)
  • ii. Ignatius of Antioch (c. A.D. 115)
  • iii. Polycarp, a disciple of John (c. A.D. 108)

(b) It Was Recognized in Geographically Independent Areas

  • i. lrenaeus (in Asia Minor)
  • ii. Origen (in Alexandria, Egypt)
  • iii. Hippolytus (in Rome)
  • iv. Eusebius (in Caesarea, Palestine)
  • v. Athanasius (in Alexandria, Egypt)

(c) The Informational Content of the New Testament is Reflected in the Writings of the Students of the Apostolic Eyewitnesses
(d) The New Testament Documents are Larger in Number and Closer in Proximity to the Events than ANY Other Ancient Record

(2) The New Testament Has Been Verified with Archeology

(a) The Gospels and Writings Have Been Verified By Archeology

  • i. The Census – by the Quirinius Inscription
  • ii. Lysanias – by the Damascus Inscription
  • iii. “The Pavement” – by the Tower of Antonia
  • iv. Pontius Pilate – by the Pontus Pilate Rock
  • v. Crucifixion – by remains of Yohanan Ben Ha’galgol
  • vi. The lconium – by the William Ramsay monument
  • vii. “Politarch” – by Thessalonican Inscriptions
  • viii. Sergius Paulus – by the Sergius Paulus Inscription
  • ix. Gallio – by the Delphi Inscriptions

(b) The Gospel of Luke Includes True Accounts of Roman Culture

  • i. A correct description of ways to gain Roman citizenship
  • ii. An accurate explanation of provincial penal procedure
  • iii. A true depiction of invoking one’s roman citizenship
  • iv. A true description of being in Roman custody

(3) The New Testament Has Been Confirmed by Prophecy

(a) The New Testament Contains Accurate Predictions From Jesus

  • i. That Peter Would Deny Him Three Times
  • ii. That Jerusalem and the Temple Would Be Destroyed
  • iii. That the Church Would Survive and Grow
  • iv. That the Gospel Would Be Preached to the World
  • v. That His Words Would Never Be Forgotten

(b) The New Testament Contains Accurate Predictions Fulfilled by Jesus Himself