Late 1800's/early 1900's Sir William Ramsey was a well-known archaeologist and historian. He was professor of humanities at Aberdeen University. He was considered to be the world's most imminent scholar on Asia-Minor, and it's geography and history. He read the book of Acts and said, "The book of Acts is a highly imaginative and carefully coloured account of primitive Christianity" (in essence, "of my knowledge of history, I have no respect for Luke as a historian").
Then he went to the Middle East for the express purpose of proving the Bible wrong in its history. He came home and wrote the book, "Luke, the beloved physician" in which he proclaimed Dr. Luke to be one of the worlds foremost historians.
Here's a quote from Sir William Ramsey...this was after looking carefully at the evidence: "I take the view that Luke's history is unsurpassed in its trustworthiness. You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian, and they will stand the keenest scrutiny, and the harshest treatment."
(From a sermon by Dean Courtier, Consider the Word of God, 11/4/2010)
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