First Century Manuscript Evidence For Jesus

Today we have conclusive evidence from a first century manuscript which proves that Jesus was in Jerusalem and crucified, just as the narratives of the four Gospels declare.

The original New Testament texts have survived time and decay for over 2,000 years, with 24,593 extant copies. All of the fundamental text which declares that Jesus claimed to be God, performed miracles to prove His identity, was crucified as the Hebrew scriptures predicted, and risen from the dead, as the Hebrew scriptures predicted, match the text we have in our New Testament Bible today.

Many critics assert that Jesus cannot be proven by any manuscript evidence earlier that the second century. This manuscript fragment proves that there is first century validation of Jesus, making it certain that Jesus is a genuine historical person who was crucified and rose from the dead.

From the Dead Sea Scrolls, Fragment 4Q541, contains the words, Mourning,” “Cross,” or “Crucified,” “Nail,” “Dove;” someone who agitates people by making trouble, and this agitator is being crucified, are on this manuscript fragment. The term, “Dove,” is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, and is also used to describe the Son of God.

I encourage you to view the above video which contains expert witness conclusions regarding the true nature of this text.

This fragment is a Gospel of Christ that does not emphasize His death on the cross, but His teaching. Nevertheless, it is a first century manuscript evidence that Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time the four Gospels place Him there, and crucified.

Mourning, Dove, Crucified, and Nail. A Crucified Agitator who is the Son of God.

Dr. Robert Deutch, a Epigrapher; an expert in ancient inscriptions, states that this manuscript is extremely important as it mentions four terms that are undeniably linked to Jesus and His crucifixion at Jerusalem in the first century. Dr. Deutch says that we have mourning, a nail, a Dove; Jesus is called the Dove, the Son of God, who was crucified. In just three lines, we can prove from this manuscript that the text is a first century reference to Jesus, who was crucified, and is the Son of God.

The date of this fragment is authenticated at the first century, A.D.

Only in the mind of the persistent critic who will never accept any proof for Jesus as crucified at Jerusalem in the first century, does there exist any doubt. This is empirical evidence that Jesus is a genuine historical person, was crucified, and corroborates the writers of the New Testament as telling the truth.

Dr. Deutch said that there is no doubt in his mind that this manuscript is referring to the same Jesus who was crucified in the pages of the New Testament.

See an interesting and parallel article on this subject here

Categories: Archeological Confirmation, Atheists, Agnostics and Skeptics, Common objections by Atheists, Historical Validity of the New Testament, Jesus is God, Principles of Biblical Interpretation, Reliability of the New Testament, Robert Clifton Robinson, Salvation through Jesus, Studying the Word of God, The Four Gospels, The Historical Jesus

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2 replies

  1. What is the name of this fragment? What is the date it was discovered? Are there any independent articles where I can check this information. Thanks. <


    • Thank you Brian for pointing out my error of not including this information. I added the fragment name and number to the article as a result of your insight. I also added an article link at the bottom of this article. I would encourage you to view the complete video as it contains expert conclusions from qualified experts.




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