1. Archaeological evidence supports the events, people, and places described in the Old Testament.

 

2. Numerous ancient documents and manuscripts support the Old Testament’s reliability.

 

3. The Old Testament contains a high level of internal consistency and accuracy when compared with other ancient documents.

 

4. The Old Testament contains many prophecies that have been fulfilled in history.

 

5. Early Christian writers, such as Justin Martyr, Eusebius, Irenaeus, and Clement of Alexandria, cite passages from the Old Testament as historical fact.

 

6. The Dead Sea Scrolls demonstrate that the Hebrew Bible has remained virtually unchanged since it was written over 2,000 years ago.

 

7. The New Testament writers quote extensively from the Old Testament and treat it as reliable history (especially Luke).

 

8. Assyrian records provide external confirmation of events mentioned in the Old Testament (such as Sennacherib’s attack on Jerusalem).

 

9. Ancient Jewish sources outside of the Bible (such as Josephus’ Antiquities) support many details in the Old Testament narrative.

 

10.The language and style of many of the books suggest that they were composed by eyewitnesses or people who had direct access to eyewitness accounts (e.g., Isaiah 40-66; Daniel 9-12).


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at [email protected]

    1 Response to "Ten Reasons to Trust the Old Testament"

    • Kevin Simonson

      Should I call you C. Michael, or just Michael? You listed ten reasons to trust the Old Testament. I’m wondering, do you simply trust the Old Testament, or do you know that it tells the truth about God? And if you do know that it tells the truth about God, how do you know it?

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