Monthly Archives: July 2014

A New Kind of Bible

What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing (Michael Hyatt talks about the new Bible designed for reading and that comes in four volumes – three for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament.)

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Are The New Testament Documents Historically Credible? – William Lane Craig

The questioner in this video demonstrates a common but seldom-admitted skepticism about the New Testament documents – a skepticism that is abandoned when it comes to practically all other ancient literature. The questioner leads me to imagine a court case … Continue reading

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A Deeper Look at the Reliability of the Bible by Craig Keener

In this post, Craig Keener looks at three different historical periods covered by the Bible – the times of Abraham, Israel’s Kings, and Jesus – and explains how our historical knowledge of each period differs.  In providing this nuance, Keener … Continue reading

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The Power of Oral Tradition in Ancient Cultures | Craig Blomberg, Craig Evans, and Mike Licona

This video is from Scott Sullivan.

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Mike Licona’s Research on Plutarch’s Lives Relative to the Gospels

On July 12, 2014, Nick Peters interviewed Mike Licona about research on Plutarch’s Lives (links below). Some data points mentioned by Licona beginning about the 30:00 mark: – Licona wanted to research ancient biographies written 150-200 years either side of Christ for … Continue reading

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Are Scribal Variations In The Gospels A Problem? – J. Warner Wallace and Bobby Conway

Jim Wallace explains to Bobby Conway (for our sake, of course) why scribal errors do not prevent us from understanding what the New Testament writers originally wrote. I hasten to add that scribal errors are simply a fact of life … Continue reading

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How Ancient Eyewitness Testimony Became the New Testament Gospel Record by J. Warner Wallace

(4 min read; 1,093 words) How Ancient Eyewitness Testimony Became the New Testament Gospel Record | Cold Case Christianity. (HT:  The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

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The Case for the Eyewitness Status of the Gospel Authors by J. Warner Wallace

(6 min read; 1,455 words) The Case for the Eyewitness Status of the Gospel Authors | Cold Case Christianity. (HT: The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

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Craig Evans Says the Evidence for Christ Is as Good or Better Than the Evidence for Anyone Else from Antiquity

Related posts: Double Standards in Reception of Ancient Documents and Their Authors Scholars with an Appreciation of Textual Criticism for Classical as well as Biblical Literature

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Ancient Authors Did Not Attempt to Quote Word for Word – from a post by Timothy Paul Jones

 [T]he notion of word-for-word agreement is a relatively recent historical development. In times of antiquity it was not the practice to give a verbatim repetition every time something was written out. To be sure, I don’t believe that one passage … Continue reading

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