“…it may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.”
– Dr. Nelson Glueck (Rivers in the Desert, p. 31)
Stand to Reason on extra-canonical gospels:
…But these weren’t the only Gospels about Jesus in the ancient world. In fact, we have discovered many other Gospels, like the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Philip, and so on.
Given the plethora of Gospels out there, why does the New Testament only include Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? What is so special about these four Gospels?
…Simply put, the four Gospels are the REAL Gospels of Jesus’ life because they were recognized widely in the early Church, they are the earliest Gospels we possess, they are apostolic, and they lack obvious embellishment…
Read more: https://www.str.org/blog/why-there-are-only-four-real-gospels
Sinai inscriptions verify the existence of Moses and the veracity of Exodus. The inscriptions as deciphered by Douglas Petrovich in The World’s Oldest Alphabet:
“He sought occasion to cut away to barrenness our great number, our swelling without measure.” (Sinai 349)
“Our bond servitude had lingered. Moses then provoked astonishment. It is a year of astonishment.” (Sinai 361)
An insightful comment by Randolph Parrish on this discovery:
So much, then, for the JEPD theory of the Pentateuch (written, according to the theory, by a variety of late authors with varying concepts about the nature of God). So much for the idea that the Israelites never lived in Egypt at all, or were just a group of wandering tribes who made up most of their history centuries later. All washed away like Pharaoh’s chariots.
Source and read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/11/moses_vindicated_.html
“I think that the Bible, properly understood…is the best…set of instructions that we have to understand what it would mean to live a life that would enable us to bear suffering nobly and to constrain malevolence.”
~Professor Jordan Peterson, at approximately 35:57 into this video (“Crazy Female Atheist CLASH With Jordan Peterson In Heated Debate”) (repeated and unnecessary words like “um” removed):
Many skeptics and liberal scholars have suggested that Matthew’s gospel contains an error:
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
The quotation about the thirty pieces of silver is highly reminiscent of Zechariah, and it is, therefore, assumed that Matthew made a mistake…
Read more: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/mixed-prophets/
–Posted by David Gadbois
In 2014 a filmmaker named Timothy Mahoney released the documentary Patterns of Evidence, seeking to demonstrate the historical veracity of the Exodus account, largely through its sympathetic treatment (if not outright endorsement) of a revisionist timeline known as the New Chronology, an idea that has its genesis in English Egyptologist David Rohl. Mahoney is not a scholar but claims to have spent over a decade of research on the film, and while he seems very well-meaning it must be said that this thesis does more harm than good to those believers and unbelievers who are making an honest inquiry into the matter.
Read more: https://greenbaggins.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/dating-the-israelite-exodus-from-egypt/
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 140:
Pray for more of that Spirit, which may quicken the word to us, and quicken us to obey the word. There must be a mutual enlivening. The word must be made the ministration of life by the Spirit of Jesus, which can use it as a sword to divide the soul and spirit; and we must be quickened to the obedience of the truth in the word. The word is the seed incorruptible; but it cannot beget us, or be a principle of new life within us, except a living spirit come along to our hearts. Know that the word is your pattern and rule; the Spirit your leader and helper, whose virtue and power must conform you to that rule.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89105-There-must-be-a-mutual-enlivening, Comment 1