Monday, July 05, 2021

Seven real people in the NT

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: 7 “Real” Religious Figures from the New Testament. Extra-biblical evidence confirms the existence of seven religious figures from the New Testament (Megan Sauter). I suspect that most, if not all, of the named people presented in the New Testament as contemporary historical figures were real people. But this BHS essay introduces an article by Lawrence Mykytiuk in the current issue of Biblical Archaeology Review which makes the case for six of them. The seventh is Jesus, who gets added to make it seven, I guess. After all, they're in the Bible.

Unusually, the full BAR article is available for free. Special deal. For you.

For Dr. Mykytiuk's list of externally verified New Testament persons, see here and links. For his list of externally verfied persons mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, see here and links.

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