Even History Changes

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This is a picture that I made while in Tunisia a few years back.  It is the Roman amphitheater of El Jem.  Click on El Jem to learn about it.  It was a marvelous sight to visit.  Seeing this picture while looking back through my older pictures, it reminded me of something about history in general.

History is remembered and written by people, often with agendas.   Over the years it gets brought up over and over again in various text books, movies, historical novels, etc.  As the stories are told, they are changed little by little until the true facts are lost to time, if they were ever known.  And we cannot even rely upon science to get it correct.  The archeologists unearth details but are forced to place them into a context based on other aspects of the culture of the time that are believed to be true, or on other estimates of time based on surrounding artifacts, soil, etc.  Over time these other factors are refined and estimates change.

If we study history today, it isn’t the same history that earlier generations learned.  It makes me stop and wonder about everything we learn or think we know.  What we believe, or know, changes with time, and with cultural changes.

3 comments

  1. Dee

    I find your response one of an ordinary man on the street critic if the NT. There is a lot of that out there, my own sister being one. I would refer you to NT scholar F.F.Bruce a textual critic and to NT specialist Daniel Wallace, and Greek scholar D.A. Carson. They are in agreement that the accuracy of the NT is 99% textually pure.

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  2. Dee

    My thoughts went to the bible, through archaeological evidences and other writings the historical accounts of the bible have been proven time and time again to be accurate and true. It has suffered more vicious attacks and attempts to destroy it than any other book in history, yet it is still the most widely published book in the world. I think it is unchanged.

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    • John

      Obviously you haven’t studied how it was written, edited, and changed over the years. As a history of facts it is not factual. As a metaphorical account of how to treat and love others, a fraction of it is good. Since versions of it have existed for a long time and since it has been translated and edited into many languages, it is probably the best example of how books have changed over time.

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