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   Do we capitalize “Truth” because it’s Divinely true (or “really true”) or just because it’s part of the title here?

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To see how National Geographic presents the “Real Jesus,” presenting 62 portraits of how Jesus–may have–looked,

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   First, a few quotes from an intriguing article¹:

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   Was Jesus real or a myth?

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   “Archaeology is largely silent on the matter. After all, what are the odds of unearthing any evidence of a peasant couple’s fleeting visit two millennia ago? Excavations at and around the Church of the Nativity have so far turned up no artifacts dating to the time of Christ, nor any sign that early Christians considered the site sacred…”

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   ” ‘I don’t know any mainstream scholar who doubts the historicity of Jesus,’ said Eric Meyers, an archaeologist and emeritus professor in Judaic studies at Duke University. ‘The details have been debated for centuries, but no one who is serious doubts that he’s a historical figure.’ “

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   “Many of the scholars I² spoke to  are neutral on the question of Christ’s birthplace, the physical evidence being too elusive to make a call. To their minds, the old adage I learned in in Archaeology 101–‘Absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence’³ applies here.

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   Things to consider: Many “old-timers” from the past that we take for granted–going back centuries and millennia–Homer, Virgil, Mohammed, even Shakespeare, and the much more recent Joseph Smith (founder of the Morman faith) for example, have left much more shadowy details about their lives than has Jesus.

   Also, changes in “place,” geography, can easily forever destroy many things as civilizations come and go. Documents and records, however, are much more friendly in retaining information.

   More on this article, which we recommend, in the future.

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   ¹ Kristin Romey, “The Real Jesus: What Archaeology Reveals About His Life,” National Geographic (Dec. 2017, Vol. 232, No. 6).

   ² Romey (the author, above, who declares that she is an “archaeologist toured journalist.”)

   ³ Boldface ours.