Gutenberg Bible of the New York Public Library. | NYC Wanderer (Kevin Eng)/Wikimedia Commons

Fact-Checking the Bible

Is the Bible Fact or Fiction? This question has been debated for centuries. So far, no definitive answer has been given -- here are some of the more contentious issues in the Bible that may or may not stand up to historic and scientific scrutiny.

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Abraham's Journey from Ur to Canaan, József Molnár, 1850. | Wikimedia Commons
Adam and Eve, Domenichino, 1623-1625. | Wikimedia Commons
The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo. | Wikimedia Commons
The great flood, Doré, 1866. | Wikimedia Commons
The cuneiform script on this 3,700-year-old clay tablet reveals that the ark was round. | Douglas Simmonds
Crossing of the Red Sea, Poussin. | Wikimedia Commons
Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law, Rembrandt, 1659. | Wikimedia Commons
Herod built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BC. | Wikimedia Commons
The Adoration of the Shepherds, Gerard van Honthorst, 1622. | Wikimedia Commons
Detail of the front image of the Turin shroud | Wikimedia Commons.
Ossuary of Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest who handed Jesus over the Romans for crucifixion. | Deror Avi/Wikimedia Commons
The inscribed Pilate Stone. | BRBurton/Wikimedia Commons
A detail of the Gospel of Judas's first page | Wolfgang Rieger/Wikidepia Commons