I saw two stories in the 10/29/17 San Diego Union-Tribune. Each had a relationship with history. Each related to unknown aspects of the culture involved. And each made no real difference in the accumulated knowledge of the culture. For example, the study of witchcraft, which has historically focused on Salem, Massachusetts, had a much earlier existence in the Connecticut Colony. The first execution of a witch occurred in Connecticut in 1647. In 1662 eleven people paid the ultimate price. The figures are useful for adding information most didn’t know. But it doesn’t change history.
Jewish documents hidden in Lithuania from the Nazis during WWII have recently arrived in New York. They will be on display as example of Jewish religious and secular writers before and during WWII. Some critics strangely consider the trove the most important to Israel since the Dead Sea Scrolls.
However the writings reveal Jewish life before WWII, as it had before WWI, after WWII up to the present time, it may add information but not break new historical ground.
Much new material has the same minimal impact: more of the same already known under different authors and times.
The life of Jesus Christ is different. Any new information surfaced in archaeology, linguistics, psychiatry, chemistry, etc., will add more luster to his brilliant life. And new facts will reinforce the integrity of the Four Gospels and New Testament epistles.
However, the value of the life of Christ is seen in one fact: all the new information uncovered by us comes from the SAME BOOK, the 27 volumes in the New Testament. To say nothing of the better understanding of Figures of Jesus in the Old. Satan lies with a bald-faced lie that second and third century writings tell more truth about Jesus than the Four Gospels. He knows that the Biblical illiteracy in America convinces the uninformed. Those fortunate enough to be continuing students of the Gospels know belter. From each text of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the Holy Spirit continues to surface deeper truths and more illuminating insights. But from the only books that record the truth about Jesus. And they will never fail to further enrich students of Jesus. Not that those truths haven’t been there since written, but that Christians gradually, by deepening their faith in Jesus, SEE what was there all the time. And so shall it be until Jesus Returns and opens himself to in-depth learning—which will take eternity to completely uncover.
Books at: www.createspace.com. (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.)
Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
Books also at www.amazon.com (Virgil Hurley & Virg Hurley)
The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741
Gift of the GIVER:Gifts for the GIVER, Vol. 2 at www.createspace.com/7551153
Their Own Best Defense, Vol. 2, Part 2 at www.createspace.com/7446349