Just the Beginning
Through reading this book, you have journeyed back in time as a detective and examined the evidence of literature, archaeology, and science. You have investigated wondrous and mysterious artifacts and events, and explored hundreds of Bible passages in pursuit of the truth behind the stories. But the adventures don't end with this book; this is only the beginning. There are so many exciting places to explore and excavate. Even the best-educated, most devoted scholars in the world have only just begun to scratch the surface.
There are so many literary documents to translate and learn from. Seeking them out and uncovering the facts they hold is the only way to discover the truth about the past. The world holds so much knowledge, and it's all out there just waiting to be found! Keep a lookout for new archaeological finds and discoveries. Look at all the evidence, be logical, and, most importantly, think for yourself.
Sincerity is an admirable trait, but keep in mind that Saul of Tarsus was sincere in his persecution of the early Christians—and was also sincerely wrong. Don't accept anything without investigating it for yourself. Don't be afraid to look at alternatives to your own positions and to expand your own horizons.
The Bible is an ancient text that many deem largely impossible to confirm or deny. Think of it as a great mystery to be solved, though it may not be solved in this lifetime, or the next, or ever. As time passes, more and more historical and archaeological evidence is uncovered, but time also serves to bring ancient documents and artifacts further wear and tear. For this reason, it's important to be diligent and consistent in your continued study of the history of the Bible. Beware of those who seek to completely assert or discount any one hypothesis without providing evidence to back up their claims. Keep an open mind and let the facts guide you as you move forward on your biblical journey of discovery!