When it comes to archaeology, there is evidence of Jesus. We have actual sites and artifacts that testify to the historical truth of Jesus Christ. Remarkably, over the last few decades, significant evidence revealing the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus has been uncovered! The evidence for Jesus starts with the place of His birth in Bethlehem. The Church of the Nativity is generally considered a credible historical site, with the traditional cave of Christ’s birth being marked by the ornate star of Bethlehem. In addition, surprising archaeological finds are breaking new ground in our understanding of Jesus’ time – and the revolution He launched 2,000 years ago. The evidence of archaeology really can help us interpret certain biblical texts, as well as providing an independent way to check the Bible’s historical reliability. Many critics of Christianity continue to argue against the trustworthiness of the New Testament record but, in fact, every new archaeological find has been on the side of Scripture, not skeptics. Here are six things archaeology is telling us about the real Jesus.
Tomb of Jesus
The huge Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered by most scholars to be a reliable historical site covering the locations of the crucifixion and burial of Christ. This tomb is thought to have once held the body of Jesus. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem covers a shrine that, the faithful believe, covers the tomb where Jesus was put to rest after His crucifixion. Legend has it that Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, discovered the tomb in AD 345. For the next few centuries, the Romans protected the tomb by building a shrine and subsequent church over it. Whether Jesus was ever placed in the tomb is still unknown, but when the tomb was opened for the first time in centuries in 2017, researchers used a light-based technique to show that the quartz embedded in the limestone tomb hidden beneath the church was last exposed to light around AD 345. That backed up the notion that the shrine was built around the time of Constantine’s reign.