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Origins:
 
 
I. The Universe
 
As E. Hubble discovered in the early 20th century, all galaxies are receding from one-another and the universe is expanding and therefore the universe had a beginning.
 
 
II. Solar-Terrestrial Fine-Tuning: Nine Examples [1]
 
Many parameters concerning the Sun-Earth system suggest that it is the product of design.
 
1. Parent star temperature  (ultraviolet habitable zone)
         If greater (above 7100K): the UV habitable zone is located beyond the water habitable zone
         If less (below 4,600K): the UV habitable zone resides closer to the star than the water habitable zone allows
2. Parent star mass (tidal habitable zone)
         If greater: luminosity of star would change too quickly; star would burn too rapidly
         If less: range of planet distances for life would be too narrow; tidal forces would disrupt the life planet’s rotational period; uv radiation would be inadequate for plants to make sugars and
         oxygen; the water habitable zone would be too close to the star
3. Distance from star (liquid water habitable zone)
         If farther: planet would be too cool for a stable water cycle
         If closer: planet would be too warm for a stable water cycle
4. Stellar wind plasma cocoon (astrosphere habitable zone)
         If too large: stellar radiation particles would limit the planetary life spans of advanced species
         If too small: planetary life would be exposed to deadly cosmic radiation
5. Parent star color (photosynthetic habitable zone)
         If redder: photosynthetic response would be insufficient
         If bluer: photosynthetic response would be insufficient
6. Carbon dioxide level in atmosphere (photosynthetic habitable zone)
         If greater: runaway greenhouse effect would develop
         If less: plants would be unable to maintain efficient photosynthesis
7. Ozone level in atmosphere (ozone habitable zone)
         If greater: surface temperatures would be too low
         If less: surface temperatures would be too high; too much uv radiation at the surface
8. Rotation period (planetary rotation rate habitable zone)
         If longer: diurnal temperature differences would be too great
         If shorter: atmospheric wind velocities would be too great
9. Axial tilt (planetary obliquity habitable zone)
         If greater: surface temperature differences would be too great
         If less: surface temperature differences would be too great
    
 
H. Ross summarizes:
 
“[A] Designer who knows all about habitable zones…and who knows about the changing physics of the solar system must have designed Earth and its long history of life so that humans can thrive during this brief epoch of time.” [2]
 
 
 
III. Origin of Life
 
The discoveries in modern science especially in the 21st century have had a significant impact on the question of the origin of living organisms.
 
The abundant complex and specified information in the living cell has been called the DNA Enigma, and the questions which arise are these: [3]
 
1. What is the origin of the system for storing and encoding digital information in the cell, DNA’s capacity to store digitally encoded information?
2. What is the origin of the large amount of specified complexity or functionally specified information in DNA?
3. What is the origin of the integrated complexity- the functional interdependence of parts- of the cell’s information-processing system?   
 
As S. Meyer has noted,
 
“[T]he presence of specified information-rich sequences in even the simplest living systems points definitely to the past existence and activity of a designing intelligence.” [4]
 
Over fifty years of experiments attempting to produce abundant complex specified information have shown that such information generation is beyond the reach of undirected processes without the input of intelligent design. [5]
 
Features discovered in the living cell include: nested coding of information, files within folders hierarchical filing, distributed storage and retrieval informational modules, automated error correction system, integrated circuit structures, non-coding DNA as operating system, and irreducibly complex molecular machines, which we would expect to find if living cells had been intelligently designed. Conversely, such features would clearly not be expected from undirected mechanisms. [6]
 
 
IV. Origin of Humans
 
1. Genetics: Adam and Eve
 
In the genetic research of whether the human race could have started with two parents, i.e., Adam and Eve, the latest research has shown that the number of ancient lineages of the HLA-DRB1 gene is four, and four alleles can be carried by just two individuals. [7]
 
 
2. Genetics: Humans and Chimps
 
In studies concerning the genomes of humans and chimpanzees:
 
“A comparison of the complete human and chimp genomes has identified twenty distinct gene families, each with multiple genes, that are present in humans but absent from chimps and other mammals.” [8]
 
The early studies by some Darwinists claiming a 98-99% genetic similarity between humans and chimpanzees (using isolated segments in a fraction of the genome) have been challenged by more recent research comparing the whole genome, which have shown an average 70% genome-wide similarity [9]. The similarity to human Y chromosome is even less, only 43%. [10]
 
 
3. The Fossil Record: Humans and Apes
 
The fossil record of humans and apes confirms the genetic data. Both australopithecine apes and Homo erectus humans appear suddenly in the fossil record, without clear evidence for the 19th century notion that apes can gradually turn into humans. [11]
 
 
Identity Of The Designer: The Bible
 
 
The Major Genesis Theories.
 
1. Literal Traditional. The days of creation were 24 hour days, and the Genesis genealogies do not contain gaps. The Genesis flood was global.
 
2. Gap Theory. Between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 there is a time gap of unknown duration, but possibly of millions or billions of years. The days of creation were 24 hour days. The Genesis genealogies do not contain gaps. The Genesis flood was global.
 
3. Progressive Creation. The days of creation were six sequential ages of time of unknown duration, but probably of millions of years. The earth is billions of years old. The Genesis genealogies contain gaps, and don’t record the name of every individual. The Genesis flood was local.
 
4. Theistic Evolution (Evolutionary Creation). God used the process of evolution to create all the life on earth today. The major difference between the theistic evolutionist and those in materialism is that the theistic evolutionist has said yes to God’s offer of forgiveness through faith in Jesus.
 
 
Biblical Discoveries
 
V. Genesis Ship
 
In expeditions from 2005 and 2006 the ship mentioned in Genesis 6-8 was discovered on Takhte Soleyman at 13,125 ft elevation in the Alborz mountain range. Apparent areas of petrified planks gave the expeditions reason to bring samples back for further study. Microscopic analysis of the rock specimens revealed that the object is composed of petrified soft wood, with a marine fossil found in a sample. [12]
 
 
VI. Egyptian Sojourn, Exodus and Conquest.
 
In the Middle Bronze Age (MB II A/B) in the 13th Egyptian Dynasty, a slave papyrus (Brooklyn 35.1446, Sobekhotep III) mentions the Hebrew Jewish names of Issachar, Asher, Menahem and Shiphrah. Also during the MB II A/B, the Egyptian site of Avaris in the Delta (area of Biblical Goshen) was abandoned by its population of workers at the end of stratum G/1. Plague pits were found at the end of this stratum. At Kahun in MB II A/B, the people suddenly left their work and abandoned the site en masse, sometime after the reign of Neferhotep I in the 13th Dynasty (latest inscription so far discovered).
 
In Canaan during the MB IIB, the walls of Jericho fell down, and then the city was burned, leaving several feet of ash layer. The city was not under a long siege, since jars of grain were still full. At Hazor in MB IIB, the massive 200 acre site was destroyed and torched, and a tablet revealed that the king of Hazor’s name at that time was Jabin. Other cities in Canaan show destruction levels at this time in the MB IIB.
 
Following this time, in the Late Bronze Age (Egyptian 18/19th Dynasty), inscriptions show that the nation of Israel is already in the land of Canaan:
 
The Berlin Pedestal fragment inscription (Thutmose IV/Rameses II, 18th/19th Dynasty, Late Bronze Age) names in Canaan: “Israel.” The Merneptah Stela (19th Dynasty) names in Canaan: “Israel.”
 
“The stories of Sojourn, Exodus and Conquest…fit into a Middle Bronze Age setting. The pattern of evidence in that timeline is entirely consistent with the biblical narrative.” [13]
 
 
VII. Names of Biblical People in Inscriptions and Seals  [14]
 
-Ahab (1 Kings 16:28, etc). A king of Israel. The Kurkh Monolith of Shalmaneser III, col. 2, lines 91–92, reads “Ahab the Israelite.”
-Ahaz/Jehoahaz son of Jotham (2 Kings 16:1, etc). A son of Jotham and a king of Judah. The Cuneiform Annals of Tiglath-pileser III, Summary Inscription 7, reverse, line 11, reads “Jehoahaz of Judah.” A bulla reads “Ahaz, (son of) Yehotam, king of Judah.” A seal reads “Ushna, servant of Ahaz.”
-Ahikam son of Shaphan (2 Kings 22:12; Jeremiah 26:24, etc). A son of Shaphan the scribe and father of Gedaliah governor of Judah. A bulla reads “Ahiqam, son of Shaphan.”
-Amariah and Hananiah (2 Chronicles 26:11, 31:15;  Zephaniah 1:1). Amariah served king Hezekiah of Judah. Hananiah may have been a captain under king Uzziah of Judah. A bulla reads “Amaryahu, (son of) Hananyahu, servant of Hizqiyahu.”
-Asaiah (2 Kings 22:12, 14; 2 Chronicles 34:20). An official of king Josiah of Judah. A seal reads “Asayahu, servant of the king.”
-Azaliah son of Meshullam (2 Kings 22:3). The father of Shaphan the scribe, at the time of king Josiah of Judah. A seal reads “Azalyahu, son of Meshullum.”
-Azariah/Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:3, etc). A king of Judah. Stone seals read “‘Abiyau, servant of ‘Uzziyau” and “Shubnayau, servant of ‘Uzziyau.”
-Azariah son of Hilkiah (1 Chronicles 5:39, 9:11; Ezra 7:1). A son of Hilkiah the priest. A City of David bulla reads “Azaryahu, son of Hilqiyahu.” Seals read “Azaryahu, (son of) Hilqiyahu” and “Azaryahu, (son of) Hilqa.”
-Azzur (Jeremiah 28:1). The father of Hananiah the false prophet. A seal reads “Hananyahu, son of Azaryahu.” A Gibeon jar handle reads “Gibeon. Wall of Azaryahu.”
-David (1 Kings 12:19; 2 Chronicles 10:19, etc). Davidic dynasty. The Tel Dan stele, line 9, reads “the House of David.” The Dhiban Mesha stele, line 12, reads “I captured from there it’s Davidic lion.” An Egyptian inscription listing territories conquered by Pharaoh Sheshonq I mentions in Southwest Judah and the Negev “the Heights of David.”
-Eliakim son of Hilkiah (2 Kings 18:18; Isaiah 22:20). A son of Hilkiah and overseer of the palace of king Hezekiah of Judah. A bulla reads “Elyaqim, son of Hilqiyahu.”
-Elishama (Jeremiah 36:12, etc). A scribe and servant of king Jehoiakim of Judah. A bulla reads “Elishama, servant of the king.”
-Elishama (2 Kings 25:25; Jeremiah 41:1). The father of Nethaniah, father of Ishmael of royal descent. A seal reads “Elishama, the king’s son.”
-Gedaliah son of Pashhur (Jeremiah 38:1). An official of king Zedekiah of Judah. A City of David bulla reads “Gedalyahu, son of Pashhur.”
-Gemariah son of Shaphan (Jeremiah 36:10-12). A son of Shaphan the scribe and servant of king Jehoiakim of Judah. A City of David bulla reads “Gemaryahu, son of Shaphan.”
-Hananiah son of Gedaliah (Jeremiah 42:4 LXX/35:4 MT). A prophet whose sons occupied a chamber in the Jerusalem temple at the time of Jehoiakim king of Judah. A bulla reads “Hananyahu, son of Gedalyahu.”
-Hezekiah son of Ahaz (2 Kings 18:1, etc). A son of Ahaz and a king of Judah. The Sennacherib Prism, column 3, 18, 28, reads “As for Hezekiah…I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city.” A City of David bulla reads “Hizqiyahu (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah.” Bullae read: “Hizqiyah (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah,” “Yehozarah, son of Hilqiyahu, servant of Hizqiyahu,” “Amaryahu, (son of) Hananyahu, servant of Hizqiyahu,” “Azaryahu, son of Yehoah, servant of Hizqiyahu,” and “Domla, servant of Hizqiyahu.”
-Hilkiah (2 Kings 22:4, 1 Chronicles 6:13; Ezra 7:1). Father of Azariah and a high priest of the Jerusalem temple at the time of king Josiah of Judah. A signet ring with seal reads “Hanan, son of Hilqiyahu the priest.” A City of David bulla reads “Azaryahu, son of Hilqiyahu.” Seals read “Azaryahu, (son of) Hilqiyahu” and “Azaryahu, (son of) Hilqa.”
-Hoshea (2 Kings 17:1, etc). A king of Israel. Tiglath-pileser III’s Summary Inscription 4, lines 17-18, reads “I installed Hoshea over them.” A seal reads “Abdi, servant of Hoshea.”
-Ishmael (2 Kings 25:23; Jeremiah 40:8). A son of Nethaniah and of royal descent, at the time of the governorship of Gedaliah. A bulla reads “Yishma’el, the king’s son.”
-Israel (Genesis 32:28, 1 Samuel 13:19, etc). Jacob, grandson of Abraham, was renamed Israel. The Berlin Relief No. 21687 (Amenhotep II-Rameses II), name ring 3, reads “Israel.” The Merneptah stele, line 26, reads “Israel.”
-Jaazaniah (2 Kings 25:23, Jeremiah 40:8). A son of the Maacathite and an officer at the time of the governorship of Gedaliah. A Tell en-Nasbeh (ancient Mizpah) seal reads “Ya’azanyahu, servant of the king.”
-Jaazaniah son of Azzur (Ezekiel 11:1). A son of Azzur and a false prophet, at the time of Zedekiah king of Judah, and is in a vision of Ezekiel. Accounting ostracon, line 3, reads “Ya’azanyahu, son of Azzur.”
-Jehoahaz (2 Kings 23:30). A son of Josiah and a king of Judah. A seal reads “Yehoahaz, the king’s son.”
-Jehoash/Joash (2 Kings 12:1, etc). A king of Israel. In the Tel el Rimah Stele of Adad-Nirari III, line 8, it reads “I also received the tribute of Joash, the Samarian.”
-Jehoiachin (2 Kings 24:8, etc). A king of Judah. In the Ration Tablets of Babylon it reads “king of Judah, Yaukin.” A seal impression on jar handles reads “Eliakim, steward of Yaukin.”
-Jehu (1 Kings 19:16, etc). A king of Israel. The annals of Shalmaneser III, col. 4, line 11, and the Kurba’il Statue, lines 29–30, read  “Jehu, son of Omri.”
-Jehucal son of Shelemiah (Jeremiah 37:3). An official of king Zedekiah of Judah. A City of David bulla reads “Yehukal, son of Shelemyahu, son of Shobi.”
-Jerahmeel the king's son (Jeremiah 36:26). A son of king Jehoiakim of Judah. A bulla reads “Yerahme’el, the king’s son.”
-Jeroboam II (2 Kings 13:13, etc). A king of Israel. A seal found at Megiddo reads “Shema, servant of Jeroboam.”
-Johanan (Nehemiah 12:22). A son of Joiada and a high priest of the Jerusalem temple after the Babylonian exile. An Elephantine papyrus P13495 (Darius II), line 18, verso, reads “the high priest Johanan and his associates, the priests in Jerusalem.” A silver coin (378-368 BC) from the Persian period reads “Yohanan the priest.”
-Jotham (2 Kings 15:38, etc). A king of Judah. A bulla reads “Ahaz, (son of) Yehotam, king of Judah.”
-Malchiah the king's son (Jeremiah 38:6). A son of king Zedekiah of Judah. A seal reads “Malkiyahu, the king’s son.”
-Manasseh (2 Kings 21:11, etc). A king of Judah. In the Annals of Ashurbanipal, Cylinder C, col. 1, line 25, it reads “Manasseh, king of Judah.” A seal reads “Manasseh, the king’s son.”
-Menahem (2 Kings 15:17, etc). A king of Israel. In the Annals of Tiglath-pileser III, Annal 13, line 10, it reads “Menahem of Samaria.” The stele of Tiglath-pileser III, column III, the right side, A, line 1, 5, reads “The kings…Menahem of Samaria.”
-Mikneiah (1 Chronicles 15:18). A Levitical lyrist and singer at the time of king David. A seal reads “Mikneyau, servant of Yahweh.”
-Nathan-Melech (2 Kings 23:11). A court official of king Josiah of Judah. A seal reads “Nathan-Melech, servant of the king.”
-Omri (1 Kings 16:16, etc). A king of Israel. The Mesha stele, lines 4-5, reads “House of Omri” and “Omri was king of Israel.”
-Pedaiah (1 Chronicles 3:18-19). A son of Jehoiachin king of Judah. A seal reads “Pedayahu, the king’s son.”
-Pekah (2 Kings 15:27, etc). A king of Israel. A building inscription of Tiglath-pileser III, Summary Inscription 4, lines 15, 17, 18, reads “The land of Bit-Humria (House of Omri)…Peqah, their king and I installed Hoshea over them.”
-Seraiah son of Neriah (Jeremiah 51:59). A brother of Baruch the scribe and disciple of the prophet Jeremiah, at the time of Jehoiakim king of Judah. A Lachish seal reads “Serayahu, (son of) Neriyahu.”
-Shebna (2 Kings 18:37, etc). A scribe, and possibly overseer of the palace, at the time of Hezekiah king of Judah. A seal reads “Shebnayahu, servant of the king.”
-Zedekiah son of Hananiah (Jeremiah 36:12). An official of king Jehoiakim of Judah. A bulla reads “Tsidqiyahu, son of Hanani.”
 
 
K. Kitchen summarizes:
 
 “The periods most in the glare of contemporary documents—the divided monarchy and the exile and return—show a very high level of direct correlation (where adequate data exist) and of reliability…When we go back (before ca. 1000) to periods when inscriptional mentions of a then-obscure tribal community and its antecedent families (and founding family) simply cannot be expected a priori, then chronologically typological comparisons of the biblical and external phenomena show clearly that the Hebrew founders bear the marks of reality and of a definite period.” [15]
 
 
VIII. Archaeology and Jesus of Nazareth
 
1. Ossuary of Alexander son of Simon of Cyrene
 
An undisturbed tomb was discovered in 1941 by archaeologists from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University during a survey of tombs in the Kidron Valley, just south of Jerusalem. The tomb was sealed and the pottery inside the tomb helped the archaeologists to confidently date the tomb's last use to before the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70. The inscriptions on some ossuaries point to a family with Cyrenian Origins. The inscriptions were first published in 1962. Ossuary Serial No. XXXI. Inventory No. 1965, reads
 
Lid: (Greek and Hebrew)
 
“of Alexander”
“Alexander (the) Cyrenean”
 
Back: (in Greek)
 
“Simon Ale…”
“Alexander”
“(son) of Simon”
 
 
Mark 15:21:
 
“And they compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross.”
 
P. W. van der Horst remarks;
 
“[T]here is at least a good chance that we have here the ossuary of the son of the man who carried Jesus’ cross.” [16]
 
T. Powers writes:
 
“When we consider how uncommon the name Alexander was, and note that the ossuary inscription lists him in the same relationship to Simon as the New Testament does and recall that the burial cave contains the remains of people from Cyrenaica, the chance that the Simon on the ossuary refers to the Simon of Cyrene mentioned in the Gospels seems very likely.”  [17]
 
 
2. Earthquake of 33 A.D. in Dead Sea Core Samples.
 
Twenty-foot deep cores of sediment were taken around the Dead Sea. Mixed layers in the core samples were found to match historical earthquakes. An unknown first-century earthquake was found and the date was calculated by counting the yearly rings in the core sample. The result was 31 A.D. +/-4, listed as “33 A.D.” in the scientific literature. [18]
 
 
Matthew 27:50-51:
 
“And Jesus shouted again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit. And suddenly, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.”
 
 
3. Ossuary of James son of Joseph brother of Jesus
 
A first-century ossuary was discovered with an Aramaic inscription, reading
 
“Ya'akov bar Yosef akhui di Yeshua”
 
which is translated “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.”
 
James was the half-brother of Jesus and was martyred in 62 A.D. A recent archaeometric analysis of the James ossuary found that the ossuary and its engravings are likely authentic. [19]  A statistical analysis of the three names with the relation on the ossuary showed that there would be only 1.71 (one or two) people named James with a father Joseph and a brother named Jesus. [20]  The rare Aramaic spelling for “brother” has been found on one other first-century Jerusalem ossuary.
 
 
4. Early External Source Testimony
 
The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in ca. 94 A.D. wrote:
 
“At this time there was a wise man called Jesus, and his conduct was good, and he was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he appeared to them after three days from his crucifixion and that he was alive. Therefore, perhaps he was the Messiah about whom the admirable prophets spoke.”  (Ant. 18:63-64, Arabic version)
 
In a second passage, Josephus writes that the high priest Ananus brought James, the brother of Jesus, before the Sanhedrin:
 
“Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the Sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Messiah, whose name was James, and some others. And when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned.”  (Ant. 20.9.1)
 
 
The Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus in ca. 115 A.D. wrote:
 
“Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius.”   (Annals 15:44)
 
 
5. Early Manuscripts and Witnesses of the New Testament
 
Date Written (A.D.)     Book                         Earliest Manuscript, Dates       Earliest Quote/Allusion: Author/Work, Date, NT Verse
         
34-67 Matthew P104 100-200           Ignatius (c.110-117), 10:16; Polycarp (110-155), 7:1
35-66 Mark P45 200-250 Polycarp, 9:35, 14:38; Barnabas (100-150), 2:17
40-60 James P23 200-300 Clement (96), 4:6; Polycarp, 5:10
40-85 John P52 100-150 Ignatius, 3:8, 8:29; Barnabas, 1:14
48-55 Galatians P46 150-250 Ignatius, 2:20; Polycarp, 6:7
50-53 1Thessalonians P46 150-250 Ignatius, 5:17; Polycarp, 5:22
50-53 2Thessalonians P30 200-300 Ignatius, 3:10; Polycarp, 3:15
50-67 Hebrews P46 150-250 Clement, 1:3-5:7; Polycarp, 6:20
55-65 1Timothy Sinaiticus 330-360 Ignatius, 4:10, 12; Polycarp, 6:7
56-57 1Corinthians P46 150-250 Ignatius, 4:20; Polycarp, 6:9
56-57 2Corinthians P46 150-250 Ignatius, 6:14-16; Polycarp, 4:14
57-58 Romans P46 150-250 Clement, 1:32; Polycarp, 14:10
57-63 Luke P45 200-250 Ignatius, 6:46; Polycarp, 6:20
57-64 Acts P45 200-250 Clement, 20:35; Polycarp, 2 :24
57-65 Titus P32 100-300 Clement, 3:1; Irenaeus (182-188), 3:10
57-95 1John P9 275-500 Ignatius, 3:7; Polycarp, 4:3
57-95 2John Uncial 0232 250-450 Polycarp, 6; Irenaeus, 10, 11
57-95 3John Vaticanus 300-325 Polycarp, 1:8; Dionysius (246-265)
58-63 Ephesians P46 150-250 Ignatius, 6:12, 16; Polycarp, 2:5, 8, 9
58-63 Philippians P46 150-250 Ignatius, 3:18-19; To Diognetus (c.130), 3:20
58-63 Colossians P46 150-250 Ignatius, 1:23; Irenaeus, 3:5
58-63 Philemon P87 125-225 Polycarp, 3; Muratorian Canon (170-210)
58-67 2Timothy Sinaiticus 330-360 Ignatius, 3:4, 6; Polycarp, 2:12
58-68 1Peter P72 200-350 Clement, 3:20; Polycarp, 1:21
64-68 2Peter P72 200-350 Clement, 2:5; Justin (c.138-165), 3:8
66-68 Jude P72 200-350 Irenaeus, 7; ClementA, (193-220), 5,6
68-97 Revelation P98 100-200 Didache (120-150), 12:9; Justin, 20:4,5
 
 
 
 
 
References
 
1. H. Ross, The Creator and the Cosmos.; Ross, Fine-Tuning For Life On Earth. Posted on reasons.org June 8, 2004. G. Gonzalez and J. W. Richards, The Privileged Planet, 128-168.
2. Ross, Astrosphere Habitable Zones Display Fine-Tuned Characteristics. Posted on reasons.org July 7, 2014.
3. S. C. Meyer, Signature In The Cell: DNA And The Evidence For Intelligent Design (2009), 135.
4. Meyer, Signature In The Cell, 343.
5. Meyer, Signature In The Cell, 334.
6. Meyer, Signature In The Cell, 477; Meyer, Darwin’s Doubt, 364-365.
7. A. Gauger, in Science and Human Origins (2012), 117.; Gauger, On Human Origins. Posted July 2, 2014 on biologicinstitute.org, citing J. von Salomé, et al., Immunogenetics, April 2007, Volume 59, Issue 4, 261-271.; Hössjer O, Gauger A, Reeves C (2016) Genetic modeling of human history part 1: comparison of common descent and unique origin approaches. BIO-Complexity 2016 (3):1–15. doi: 10.5048/BIO-C.2016.3.
8. D. Axe, in Science and Human Origins (2012), 41, citing J. P. Demuth, et al., PloS One 1 (2006).
9. R. Buggs, Chimpanzee? Reformatorisch Dagblad. Posted on refdag.nl. October 10, 2008; Buggs, 70% Chimp? Reformatorisch Dagblad. Posted on refdag.nl. December 5, 2008.
10. J. Tomkins, Comprehensive Analysis of Chimpanzee and Human Chromosomes Reveals Average DNA Similarity of 70%. Answers Research Journal 6 (2013):63–69.
11. C. Luskin, in Science & Human Origins, 73-74. “[A]bout 3-4 mya we see ape-like australopithecines appearing suddenly. When the genus Homo appears around 2 mya, it also does so in an abrupt fashion, without clear evidence of a transition from previous ape-like hominins...The Darwinian belief that humans evolved from apelike species requires inferences that go beyond the evidence and is not supported by the fossil record.”
12. R. Cornuke, Search For Noah’s Ark: The Lost Mountains of Noah (DvD. 2008); Cornuke, Ark Fever (2005), 222-254; F. Turek, The Search for Noah’s Ark in Iran (PowerPoint CD. 2008).
13. D. Rohl, Exodus: Myth or History, 331.
14. J. Mykytiuk, Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200-539 BCE (2004); Mykytiuk, Corrections and Updates to “Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200-539 B.C.E.,” (2009); K. A. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament (2003), 16-21, 93. Additional inscriptions of interest: Soleb (Amenhotep III) and Amarah-West (Rameses II) hieroglyphic inscriptions read: t3 sh3sw ya-h-wa: “the land of the nomads of Yahweh.”  
15. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament, 499-500.
16. P. W. van der Horst, Ancient Jewish Epitaphs (1991), 140-41.
17. T. Powers, Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2003, 51.
18. R. Ken-Tor, et al., Journal of Geophysical Research. 106 (B2): 2221-2234, “Table 3…33 A.D. Reports were from Judea region. The Temple in Jerusalem was damaged.”; J. B. Williams, et al., International Geology Review, Volume 54, Issue 10 (2012); S. A. Austin, GSA Poster (2012), “Jerusalem Earthquake of 33 A.D.”
19. A. Rosenfeld, et al., Open Journal of Geology, Vol.4 No.3 (2014).
20. H. Shanks, Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August, 2012.
 
 
 
Appendix:
 
The Tomb of Jesus of Nazareth  
 
“Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb in which no man had ever yet been placed.”  (John 19:41)
 
Since before the time of Church historian Eusebius of Caesarea (265-340 A.D.) the location of the tomb of Jesus has been known. Eusebius writes:
 
"Hadrian [135 A.D.] built a huge rectangular platform over this quarry, concealing the holy cave beneath this massive mound."
 
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was built over the historical tomb of Jesus, and the tomb can be seen to this day.
 
The reaction from discoveries of “Yeshua bar Yosef” inscriptions by anti Christian critics is usually that it’s Jesus of the New Testament. This has been the case since an inscription was found and published October 3, 1945: “Name of Saviour Found On Old Urn,” as well as the more recent one in 1980. In the latter, a common tomb which contained a “Yeshua bar Yosef” in Talpiot was found. This person was married and had a child. Such an identification with Jesus of Nazareth is clearly false since a married Jesus of Nazareth with child is contrary to the contemporary first-century New Testament documents and Josephus.
 
It is written in the first century documents:

Then [after his resurrection, Jesus] said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and observe my hands. Reach out your hand, and put it into my side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."