For more than a century, on the basis of analysis of the known texts, New Testament scholars have sought to demonstrate the unreliability of these texts as evidence for what they claim, and to establish them as the work of communities several decades after the events they describe.
This remarkable book shows the potential of modern scientific and archaeological studies, to demolish the speculations of these scholars, who have made claims only on the basis of their own suppositions about the texts, not only in relation to the New Testament itself, but also to the surviving physical evidence for the earliest Christian sites and relics.
It is of course deeply embarrassing for those who have purported to use "scientific" methods in order to discredit the biblical texts, to see the results of genuine scientific studies and the collapse of their school of literary criticism.
This makes the book doubly enjoyable: not only to discover more about the early history of the Church as it emerges from the exciting archaeological discoveries which have taken place in the Holy Land; but to see how archaeology is now providing substantial evidence in support of the New Testament as the work of living witnesses to the events they describe.
If the fragment called the Titulus, still preserved in Rome, really is a part of the notice pinned by Pontius Pilate above the head of Jesus on the cross, and not, as has been almost universally assumed, just another bogus relic, then the implications are truly staggering. This book indicates that the possibility that it is genuine certainly can not be ruled out - and may one day even yield scientific proof of its age.