Friday, April 2, 2010

The Archko Volume--Historical Evidence of Jesus Christ



I have been staying with a family here in Reed Point, Montana for a few days. In their bookcase, I noticed a book entitled The Archko Volume. I first saw this book last summer when I stayed with a family near Roscoe, Montana; it was during that time that I read a couple of chapters--it is fascinating reading.

The full title: The Archko Volume or, the Archeological Writings of the Sanhedrim and Talmuds of the Jews [These are the official documents made in these courts in the days of Jesus Christ]. Translated by Drs. McIntosh and Twyman.

Here are some chapter headings:

Chapter IV: "Jonathan's interview with the Bethlehem shepherds--Letter of Melker, Priest of the Synagogue at Bethlehem."

Chapter V: "Gamaliel's interview with Joseph and Mary and others concerning Jesus."

Chapter VI: "Report of Caiaphas to the Sanhedrim concerning the execution of Jesus."
[Records of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin, by Eliezer Hyram, B. 24. Taken in Constantinople, October 16, 1883].

Chapter VII: "Report of Caiaphas to the Sanhedrim concerning the resurrection of Jesus."

Chapter VIII: "Valleus's notes--'Acta Pilati,' or Pilate's report to Caesar of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus."

Valleus Paterculus was a Roman historian who authored Historia Romania.

Page 128: "Valleus says that in Judea he met a man called Jesus of Nazareth, who was one of the most remarkable characters he had ever seen; that he was more afraid of Jesus than of a whole army, for he cured all manner of diseases and raised the dead, and when he cursed the orchards or fruit-trees for their barrenness, they instantly withered to their roots. After referring to the wonderful works of Jesus, he says that, although Jesus had such power, he did not use it to injure any one, but seemed always inclined to help the poor. Valleus says the Jews were divided in their opinion of him, the poorer class claiming him as their king and their deliverer from Roman authority, and that if Jesus should raise an army and give it the power he could sweep the world in a single day; but the rich Jews hated him and cursed him behind his back, and called him an Egyptian necromancer, though they were as afraid of him as of death.(Valleus Paterculus, B. 72, found in the Vatican at Rome)."

Chapter IX: "Herod Antipatris's defence before the Roman Senate in regard to his conduct at Bethlehem."

Chapter X: "Herod Antipas's defence before the Roman Senate in regard to the execution of John the Baptist."

Chapter XI: "The Hillel letters regarding God's providence to the Jews, by Hillel the Third."

Who was Flavius Josephus?
Pilate's Report on the Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus
The angelic face of Jesus as a 12-year-old boy

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