The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document – The External Evidence Test

The last test used by scholars is the External Evidence Test. Are references to historic events verifiable by outside sources? Despite numerous claims of factual errors through the years, time and time again these allegations have been disproved. Extra-biblical written records and archaeological discoveries have demonstrated the reliability of details. The next post will discuss … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document – The External Evidence Test

The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: John

The writer of the fourth gospel is very clear about the source of his information -- himself! The Apostle John testifies that he witnessed the events and is writing from personal knowledge, with the purpose of providing sufficient evidence that his readers would believe in Jesus: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: John

The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: Luke

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: Luke

The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: Matthew

The primary reports of the resurrection are contained in the Four Gospels:  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  References to the events are also made in some of the letters in the New Testament.  Are these documents reliable evidence? First let's look at the Gospels.  The word Gospel means 'good news.'  These books were written within … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — The Gospel Writers: Matthew

The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — Courtroom Testimony

When you look to the Bible for evidence, aren't you just using circular reasoning? --The Bible is true because Jesus said so, and Jesus is God because the Bible says so.  How does this make the Bible different from any other ancient religious text or mythical account? Some of the writings in the New Testament … Continue reading The New Testament is a Reliable Historical Document — Courtroom Testimony

Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Legal-historical method

Definition of the Legal-Historical Method -- showing something is true (according to some legal standard, e.g. preponderance of the evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, etc.) by offering available data as evidence.  Three types of data are used in the courtroom: Oral Testimony includes eyewitness accounts of the event and other personal testimony bearing on the … Continue reading Resurrection: Miracle or Myth? Legal-historical method