Interviewed by Brian Auten of Apologetics 315.
Transcript of that interview.
Regarding those who question the historicity of Jesus, Maier says this during the interview:
Well anybody who is using that argument is simply flaunting his ignorance. I hate to say it but it’s about that bad. We have more documentation on Jesus Christ than anybody in the ancient world as far as that’s concerned. There is no question whatever in the mind of any serious scholar, anywhere in the world that there certainly was a historical personality named Jesus of Nazareth.
Here is a list of other Scholars with an Appreciation of Textual Criticism for Classical as well as Biblical Literature
Sean McDowell writes in this post:
[H]ow do we really know they died as martyrs? For the past couple years I have been researching this question as part of my doctoral dissertation.
(3 min read; 773 words)
Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith? « Biola Magazine (Fall 2013)
(HT: The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)
The referenced post was written Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members.
The earliest undisputed manuscript of a New Testament book is the John Rylands papyrus (p52) (pictured above), dated from 117 to 138. This fragment of John’s gospel survives from within a generation of composition. Since the book was composed in Asia Minor and this fragment was found in Egypt, some circulation time is demanded, surely placing composition of John within the first century. Whole books (Bodmer Papyri) are available from 200.
Most of the New Testament, including all the gospels, is available in the Chester Beatty Papyri manuscript from 150 years after the New Testament was finished (ca. 250).
No other book from the ancient world has as small a time gap between composition and earliest manuscript copies as the New Testament.
Christian Medical Comment: How do we know the NT documents were written in the first century?
(HT: The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)
Michael Kruger gives a brief but moving personal testimony of his faith in the historical reliability of the New Testament…in the face of great skepticism from Bart Ehrman.