Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:14 AM

Archaeology and Theology

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:14 AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:14 AM

Sir William Ramsey spent a life time in pursuit of the historical truth about the Bible. He was not a believer yet he gives the testimony that encourages believers everywhere.

Sir William Ramsey: (eminent archaeologists who changed his mind regarding Luke after extensive study in the field) Luke wrote the Book of Luke in the Bible.

 “Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of facts trustworthy; he is possessed of the true historic sense...In short this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians."

William Ramsay paid particular interest in the New Testament events, particularly the Book of Acts and Pauline Epistles. When he first went to Asia Minor, many of the cities mentioned in Acts had no known location and almost nothing was known of their detailed history or politics. The Acts of the Apostles was the only record and Ramsay fully expected his own research to prove the author of Acts hopelessly inaccurate since no man could possibly know the details of Asia Minor more than a hundred years of the event.”

He therefore set out to put the writer of Acts on trial. He devoted his life to unearthing the ancient cities and documents of Asia Minor. After a lifetime of study, however, he concluded: 'Further study...showed that the book could bear the most minute scrutiny as an authority for the facts of the Aegean world, and that it was written with such judgment, skill, art and perception of truth as to be a model of historical statement

« back