The Bible and Archaeology: Jesus Christ's Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion
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The Bible and Archaeology:
Jesus Christ's Arrest,
Trial and Crucifixion
by Mario Seiglie
In recent issues of The Good News
we have examined archaeological findings that shed light on the
period of Jesus Christ's ministry in Judea in the early first century.
In the four Gospels no period of Christ's ministry is more detailed than the last
few days when He was arrested, tried and crucified as a common criminal. What have
archaeologists found that confirm and illuminate many of the details of Jesus' last
days on earth?
Evidence of Caiaphas's tomb
Events rushed to a crescendo as Jesus and His disciples came to Jerusalem for
that final Passover feast. The chief priests began to panic after hearing that in
nearby Bethany Jesus had resurrected His friend Lazarus from the dead (John 11).
How did they react to news of this miracle? "Then the chief priests and the
Pharisees gathered together a council and said, 'What shall we do? For this Man works
many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the
Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.' And one of them, Caiaphas,
being high priest that year, said to them, 'You know nothing at all, nor do you consider
that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that
the whole nation should perish.' Now this he did not say on his own authority; but
being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation . . .
Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death" (verses 47-53).
Amazingly, the tomb of this priest was discovered in 1990. Israeli archaeologist
Zvi Greenhut, who confirmed the finding, describes the event:
"It was a cold day at the end of November when I received word at the Antiquities
Authority that an old cave had been discovered . . . When I arrived I observed
that the roof of the cave had collapsed. But even while standing outside, I could
see four ossuaries, or bone boxes, in the central chamber of the cave. To an archaeologist,
this was a clear indication that this was a Jewish burial cave . . . So
it was that we discovered the final resting place of the Caiaphas family, one of
whose priestly members presided at the trial of Jesus" ("Burial Cave of
the Caiaphas Family," Biblical Archaeological Review, September-October
1992, pp. 29-30).
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Key Subjects Index
- Archaeology and the City of David
- King David: Man or Myth?
- Archaeology and Genesis: What Does the Record Show? (9/96)
- Archaeology and Genesis: What Does the Record Show?
- Archaeology and the Book of Exodus: Exit From Egypt (3/97)
- Archaeology and the Book of Exodus: Exit From Egypt
- Archaeology and the Book of Joshua: The Conquest
- Archaeology and the Book of Judges
- King David's Reign: A Nation United
- King Solomon's Reign: Israel's Golden Years
- The Early Kings of Israel: A Kingdom Divided
- The Later Kings of Israel: A Kingdom's Downfall
- The Early Kings of Judah: Miraculous Deliverance
- The Bible and Archaeology - The Kingdom of Judah: Exile and Restoration
- Jesus Christ's Early Ministry
- Jesus Christ's Later Ministry
- The Bible & Archaeology - The Book of Acts: The Church Begins
- Darwinism in the Classroom
- The Bible & Archaeology - The Book of Acts: The Message Spreads
- The Bible & Archaeology - The Book of Acts: Paul's Later Travels
- Archaeology and the Epistles
- The Book of Revelation: History and Prophecy
- An Ancient Inscription Proves King David Was Real
- The Mighty Assyrian Empire Emerges From the Dust
- The Bible: Myth or History
- Jericho: Does the Evidence Disprove or Prove the Bible?
- A Good News Interview with Bryant Wood, Ph.D.
- The Exodus Controversy
- Surprising Archaeological Find: Proof of Jesus' Existence?
- Noah's Flood: Serious Problems With Dating Methods
- Noah's Flood: Did It Really Happen?
- The Bible Was Right After All
- Archaeology in Acts, Part 1
- Archaeology in Acts, Part 2: The Message Spreads
- God, Science and the Bible (3/05)
- God, Science and the Bible (7/05)
- God, Science and the Bible (9/05)
- God, Science and the Bible (11/05)
- God, Science and the Bible (1/06)
- A Place Called Megiddo
- God, Science and the Bible (5/06)
- God, Science and the Bible (1/07)
- In the News Jan/Mar 2007
- In the News Apr/June 2007
- Can You Believe the Bible?
- God, Science and the Bible (7/07)
- God, Science and the Bible (9/07)
- God, Science and the Bible (1/08)
- God, Science and the Bible (3/08)
- God, Science and the Bible 11/2008
- In the News... Jan 1999
- In the News... October 2009
- Has Noah's Ark Been Found Buried Under Ice on Mt. Ararat?
- God, Science and the Bible - Discoveries at Goliath's hometown support accuracy of the Bible
- Archaeology, Biology and Megiddo
- Archaeology - Just Google It!
- Zechariah's Tomb?
- Stone Chest From the Time of Christ Authenticated
- Ossuary Verdict: Experts Testify to its Authenticity
- An Ancient Fortress Slowly Yields its Secrets
- Ancient Seal Found in Jerusalem
- Discovered: Artifacts, Possibly from King David's Era
- Discovered: Artifacts Shed Light on Biblical Era
- Jerusalem Reservoir Dates to First Temple Era
- Ancient Inscription Found at Jerusalem
- Camels Domesticated As Bible Portrays
- Camel Bones, Abraham, and Archeology
- Newly Discovered Dead Sea Scrolls
- Possible Citadel of Zion Site Found in Jerusalem
- Can We Believe the Gospels?
- Archaeology and the Book of Exodus--Exit From Egypt - Part 2
- Archaeology and the Book of Exodus--Exit From Egypt
- Archaeology and the Book of Joshua--The Conquest
- The Battle at the Pool of Gibeon
- The Early Kings of Israel - A Kingdom Divided
- The Early Kings of Judah--Miraculous Deliverance
- The First Mention of Israel
- How Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Record
- King David's Reign--A Nation United
- King Solomon's Reign--Israel's Golden Years
- The Later Kings of Israel--A Kingdom's Downfall
- The Red Sea or the Reed Sea?
- Two Jigsaw Puzzles, Two Purposes
- The Bible and Archaeology
- Does Archaeology Confirm the Existence of Specific People Mentioned in the Bible?
- King David's Existence Verified by Inscription
- A Staggering Archaelogical Discovery: The Mighty Assyrian Empire Emerges From the Dust
- Celts and Scythians Linked by Archaeological Discoveries
- The Geography of Celtic-Scythian Commerce
General Topics Index
Biblical References Index
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