Archive | June, 2012

Do Jesus’ Biographies Hold up to Scrutiny?

8 Jun

The Gospel writers intended to preserve reliable history, they were able to do so, were honest and willing to include difficult-to-explain material, and didn’t allow bias to unduly color their reporting. The harmony among the Gospels on essential facts, coupled with divergence on some incidental¬† details, lends historical credibility to the accounts. What’s more, the early church could not have taken root and flourished right there in Jerusalemif it had been teaching facts about Jesus that his own contemporaries could have exposed as exaggerated or false. The Gospels were able to pass all eight evidential tests, demonstrating their basic trustworthiness as historical records.

— Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator

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Are the Biographies of Jesus Trustworthy?

8 Jun

Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the biographies of Jesus, built a convincing case that they reflect eyewitness testimony and bear the unmistakable earmarks of accuracy. So early are these accounts of Jesus’ life that they cannot be explained away as legendary inventions. “Within the first two years after his death,” Blomberg said, “significant¬† numbers of Jesus’ followers seem to have formulated a doctrine of the atonment, they were convinced that he had been raised from the dead in bodily form, associated Jesus with God, and believed they found support for all these convictions in the Old Testament.” A study indicates that there was nowhere enough time for legend to have developed and wiped out a solid core of historical truth.

— Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator