Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, there are numerous references to historical facts. The names and occupations of well and lesser known people and events have been proven through scientific research. For our uneducated guests, that is research done by scientists, some of whom, in spite of enormous evidence to the contrary, are atheists. These scientists perform tasks called archaeology, where they dig in and around the ruins of old building sites, searching for clues to the inhabitants of said buildings. Some of these scientists discovered ancient manuscripts, which they then translated. In the case of archaeological digs in the area of Judea, they have found numerous scientific facts supporting the Bible, but oddly enough, there has never been an archaeological discovery to disprove the Bible.
A few excerpts of this source, for our lazy friend:
It could be said that the Bible is a book of history -- and it is. The Bible describes places, people, and events in various degrees of detail. It is essentially an historical account of the people of God throughout thousands of years. If you open to almost any page in the Bible you will find a name of a place and/or a person. Much of this can be verified from archaeology. Though archaeology cannot prove that the Bible is the inspired word of God, it has the ability to prove whether or not some events and locations described therein are true or false. So far, however, there isn't a single archaeological discovery that disproves the Bible in any way.
There are many such archaeological verifications of biblical events and places. Is the Bible trustworthy? Absolutely! Remember, no archaeological discovery has ever contradicted the Bible. Therefore, since it has been verified over and over again throughout the centuries, we can continue to trust it as an accurate historical document.
Using scientifically proven and acceptable measures, such as the number of manuscripts of an early book, we can see that the Bible is a historical document. That is, if you believe in science.