Is the Bible historically accurate? (Part 13)

Many Kings and important people in the Bible are also verified by secular documents.

From time to time you will read articles in the Arkansas press by  such writers as  John Brummett, Max Brantley and Gene Lyons that poke fun at those that actually believe the Bible is historically accurate when in fact the Bible is backed up by many archaeological facts. The Book of Mormon is blindly accepted even though archaeology has disproven many of the facts that are claimed by it. For instance, silk did not exist in North America when they said they did.

The Book of Mormon mentions the use of silk six times.[65] “Silk” is commonly understood to mean the material that is created from the cocoon of the Asian moth Bombyx mori. It is a foregone conclusion that this material was unknown to the Americas before their discovery.

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Pilate Inscription
Pilate Inscription
Does this stone contain an inscription from Pontius Pilate?

In June 1961 Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Frova were excavating an ancient Roman theater near Caesarea Maritima and uncovered this interesting limestone block.

On the face is an inscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar which clearly says that it was from “Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea.”

It reads like this:

Line One: TIBERIEUM,
Line Two: (PON) TIUS
Line Three: (PRAEF) ECTUS IUDA (EAE)

The Pilate Inscription is the only known occurrence of the name Pontius Pilate in any ancient inscription. Visitors to the Caesarea theater today see a replica, the original is in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. There have been a few bronze coins found that were struck form 29-32 AD by Pontius Pilate.

The Pontius Pilate Inscription is important in the study of Biblical Archaeology and confirms the Scriptures found in the Bible as historical.

Caesarea, Israel
New Testament Period
Pontius Pilate, (26-37 AD)
Limestone, inscribed
82.0 cm H, 65.0 cm W
Building Dedication
4 Lines of Writing (Latin)
Date of Discovery: 1961
Israel Museum (Jerusalem)
AE 1963 no. 104

Matthew 27:1-2 “When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led [him] away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.”

Luke 3:1-2 “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.”

The Roman historian Tacitus mentions Pontius Pilate only in passing when noting “the execution of Christus, author of that sect, by the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius.”


Japan tsunami
A video image taken from NHK shows a tsunami caused by an earthquake sweeping across land in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Xinhua/ Gamma-Rapho
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My sons Wilson and Hunter got to go to Grace Community Church and hear John MacArthur speak. Actually our friend Sherwood Haisty Jr. bought Wilson a MacArthur study Bible and Wilson got Dr. MacArthur to sign it.
Here below is John MacArthur on “Larry King Live Show.”
I first heard John MacArthur first preach in person at Bellevue Bapt in 1990 when his good friend Adrian Rogers asked him to come also to speak on a panel discussion. Below is a short clip about Adrian Rogers.
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Below is another profile of a state lawmaker. Gary Deffenbaugh State Representative District 66 from Van Buren.

Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2010 9:00 am | Updated: 11:37 am, Fri May 7, 2010.

Times Record Staff | 0 comments

Gary Deffenbaugh, 61, graduated from Van Buren High School in 1967 and holds a degree from Ouachita Baptist University.

A political newcomer, Deffenbaugh has worked in public schools for 39 years at Fort Smith, Booneville, Paris and mostly at Van Buren.

He has been married to Carolyn (Yeager) for 39 years. They have two grown children.

Holmes, 31, is a 1997 graduate of Van Buren High School, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Holmes, an attorney, is a partner at Hopkins & Holmes, Attorneys at Law. He is a former deputy prosecutor for the cities of Van Buren and Kibler.
What are the top three local/state issues facing the people of District 66?

Deffenbaugh: Probably the biggest three issues that we must address is more jobs, less taxes and less government control. I’d say that another set of three closely follow is education, health care and gun rights. It is certainly trying times for most of us. I’m sure that many other important issues will surface over the next two legislative years.
If elected, how do you plan to address those issues?

Deffenbaugh: My way of handling these issues is first , vote conservative and morally. I will also vote the pulse of the people that I represent. There is no way that I could possible know now how to handle each issue at this point in time, but I will research them, ask questions to experts in that area, and pray.

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