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Archaeology and the Gospels

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Lesson

While archaeology can’t prove certain things, it can corroborate many of the details of the Gospels and should encourage us to look forward to even more discoveries. Blomberg looks at Jesus’ imagery, the sites he traveled, the results of recent discoveries, and the weight of artifacts encouraging us to trust the Bible.

Outline

I. IMAGERY JESUS USES

A. Millstone

B. Cornerstone

C. Immersion pools

D. “Moses’ Seat”

E. Thatched roofs

F. Winepress

II. SITES OF JESUS

A. Ministry

B. Capernaum synagogue with “parsonage”

C. Peter’s home (possible)

D. Jacob’s well in Sychar

E. Pools of Bethesda and Siloam

F. Items around the Temple Mount

G. Excavations on the Galilee shore (Magdala?)

H. Khersa/Qursi

I. Gethsemane and “Mount” of Olives

III. RECENT DISCOVERIES

A. Inscription about Pontius Pilate as Prefect of Judea

B. Johanan Ossuary

C. Fishing boat (“Jesus-boat”)

D. Caiaphas’ tomb

E. Ossuary of “James, son of Jospeh, brother of Jesus”

F. First-century house in Nazareth

IV. ARTIFACTS

A. Corban

B. Temple porticoes

C. Coins with Caesar’s image

D. “for what you are here” on a beaker

E. Vineyards

F. Nazareth decree about grave robbing

G. Ornate tombs in the Kidton Valley

V. CONCLUSION

A. Archaeology can’t prove certain things

B. It can corroborate