Category Archives: Attestation & Corroboration

References to New Testament Persons Outside the Bible

(These could be called extra-biblical or extrabiblical sources.) Wikipedia article:  List of biblical figures identified in extra-biblical sources John the Baptist is mentioned by Josephus. Jesus Peter James the brother of Jesus is mentioned by Josephus. Paul

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Notes on the Verisimilitude of the New Testament

My post Craig Evans on the Reliability of the Bible.  It contains a link to a transcript of an interview with Evans titled “Is the Bible Reliable?”  (The article does not, however, contain the word “verisimilitude.”) YouTube video Bart Ehrman & Craig … Continue reading

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Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | by J. Warner Wallace

In this substantive post, Wallace includes a three-column chart showing the major historical claims about the life of Jesus from the point of view of the biblical writers, hostile Jewish witnesses, and hostile Gentile witnesses. (13-minute read; 3,103 words) Source: Why … Continue reading

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A. N. Sherwin-White on Jesus as Historical Figure

(2-minute read; 350 words) Source: Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: A. N. Sherwin-White on Jesus as Historical Figure

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Craig Evans on the Reliability of the Bible

The link below is to the transcipt of an interview with New Testament scholar Craig A. Evans of Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, Canada. Evans is a good source of information on the Bible for many reasons, but particularly … Continue reading

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Scholars Agree: Luke and Acts are History 

In this short post, Lenny Esposito quotes respected scholar Craig Keener on the issue of the historicity of Luke’s writing. (2 min read; 417 words) Source: Scholars Agree: Luke and Acts are History | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

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Evidence for Jesus Outside the New Testament

Michael F. Bird links to “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible” – an article at Bible History Daily by Lawrence Mykytiuk. Bird calls it “a depressing read if you’re a Jesus Mythicist.” He also recommends Robert E. Van Voorst, … Continue reading

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J. Warner Wallace – The Top Three Reasons the Bible Is Reliable – YouTube

J. Warner Wallace – The Top Three Reasons the Bible Is Reliable – YouTube.

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William Lane Craig on the Historical Value of the New Testament

Is There Extrabiblical Evidence About Jesus’ Life? – YouTube.

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Early Christian Writings Claiming Apostolicity, but Rejected as Such

What distinguishes the writings of the New Testament from all other early Christian writings was their apostolic origins.  That is, all writings that were ultimately determined by the ancient church to be apostolic were included in the New Testament.  This … Continue reading

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