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Scot McKnight on The Three Bears

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I was browsing around one of my favorite websites, Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed, when, lo and behold, I found a post on “Three Bears of Reliability” of the Gospels. I was delighted to find that my book Can We Trust […]

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More on the Gospels by James Arlandson

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Check out the latest entry in his excellent series on the Gospels, this time on Matthew. Thanks, James.

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My â??Converse with Scholarsâ? Conversation about the Gospels is Now Available

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Last night I was involved in an interview/online discussion at “Converse with Scholars.” Our conversation focused on the question of the reliability of the Gospels. The 90-minute recording is now available for listening or download.

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I Did â??Converse with Scholarsâ? Tonight

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Yes, right in the middle of the Cowboys and Packers football game! We did have about 60 people in the conversation. In a couple of days you can download the whole session, which lasted about 90 minutes. For now, let […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus? Part 4

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If you’ve been following my blog in the past few days, you know I’ve been developing an analogy that helps to explain why we can have confidence in the oral traditions about Jesus. So far, here’s what I have: You […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus? Part 3

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In my last two posts I’ve been developing an analogy that helps to explain why we can trust that the oral traditions about Jesus accurately passed along what He really did and said. Here’s what I have so far: You […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus? Part 2

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In my last post I began to explain why we can trust the accuracy of the oral traditions about Jesus, using the following analogy: You are diagnosed with terminal cancer. But your doctor gives you a ray of hope. If […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus?

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Today I did an hour’s interview with Greg Koukl, president of Stand to Reason, a Christian apologetics ministry. Greg is one of my favorite apologists, not only because he’s very smart, but also because he believes in careful and calm […]

My Agenda-Driven Story

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. My theological agenda also motivates me to be truthful when I’m […]

Truthful History Motivated by Theology

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Sometimes I find it odd that certain scholars have so much […]

The Gospel Writers: No Hidden Agenda

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If there’s one thing that all New Testament scholars agree on, […]

“All Truth Is God’s Truth”

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. When I was a freshman in college and was struggling with […]

The Gospels as Hellenistic Biographies

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Not long ago it was common for New Testament scholars to […]

What are the New Testament Gospels?

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. What are the New Testament Gospels? Are they histories? Biographies? Novels? […]

Closing Thoughts on Oral Tradition

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. When my daughter, Kara, was four years old, I decided to […]

The Process of the Oral Tradition about Jesus

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Telephone game assumes that the communication of the key sentence […]

The Community of the Oral Tradition about Jesus

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. My favorite high school teacher was Mr. Bottaro. He was my […]

Luke and His Sources

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Good sources are treasure for historians. Even when writing about an […]

Do the Gospel Manuscripts Misquote Jesus?

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. At this point I should say a few words about Bart […]

The Quantity and Quality of Textual Variants

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Skeptics who try to cast doubt upon the reliability of the […]

How Should We Evaluate the Antiquity of the Gospel Manuscripts?

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The smallest time gap, the one between P52 and the autograph […]

Standards for Evaluating the Reliability of Gospel Manuscripts

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Before we examine the data, let’s think for a moment about […]

The Relationship between Existing Manuscripts and the Original Compositions

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The documents we know as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written sometime in the second half of the first century A.D. (I’ll say more about the dating of the Gospels in chapter 4.) They were written on scrolls of […]

F.A.Q. Format

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Influence of the Internet can also be seen in the basic […]

Critical Scholarship and Confidence in the Gospels

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Beginning with my days at Harvard and continuing throughout the last […]

Critical New Testament Scholarship: Up Close and Personal

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The following is an excerpt from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Without exception, my grad school teachers echoed Professor MacRae’s conclusions about the historical limitations of the New […]

Doubting the Gospels

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I grew up in a solid evangelical church. The Gospels were […]

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