Which reminds me of the Pontius Pilate controversy. There is no contemporary mention of Pontius Pilate except in the Gospels. That led some “scholars” to conclude that he did not exist...that he was made up just to move the story along.
Then in 1961 the Pilate stone was found. There is now no doubt that Pontius Pilate existed, and that he was prefect of Judaea. Of course we Christians knew that all along.
Actually Josephus, Tacitus and Philo of Alexandria mentions him in their writings. None of these writers were Christian. As far as I know, no one has doubted the existence of Pontius Pilate.
Not only that, we also know that his Family was Samnite in origin, due to the name.