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How Do Palestinian Names Lend Credence to the Gospels?

| October 20, 2014

Are the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s life rooted in first century Palestine or are they legendary accounts written more than a hundred years later? What of the so-called apocryphal gospels (e.g., Gospels of Thomas, Mary, Judas) that also claim to be true accounts of Jesus’s life? A few biblical scholars claim that the apocryphal gospels deserve […]

Were the Gospels Written and Circulated Anonymously? Part 4

| March 12, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 3 we finished looking at Richard Bauckham’s second reason for rejecting the anonymity of the Gospels. Bauckham concludes with the third of his three reasons. About the first two reasons, Bauckham explains that these two lines of argument establish that as soon as the Gospels circulated around the churches they had […]

Were the Gospels Written and Circulated Anonymously? Part 3

| March 10, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 2 we finished looking at Richard Bauckham’s first reason for rejecting the anonymity of the Gospels. Bauckham continues with the second of his three reasons, the traditional titles of the Gospels. Throughout the early manuscript tradition, from c. 200 onward, the only titles for all four canonical Gospels are […]

Were the Gospels Written and Circulated Anonymously? Part 2

| March 7, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 we started looking at Richard Bauckham’s case against the anonymity of the Gospels. He offered three main reasons for rejecting this view. We were right in the middle of the first reason, and that is where we pick up. Bauckham explains why the Gospel of Luke could not […]

Were the Gospels Written and Circulated Anonymously? Part 1

| March 5, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of the most common refrains we hear from skeptics is that the Gospels are anonymous community documents that are simply collections of folklore and legend. They were never meant to record eyewitness testimony about the life of Jesus. Are they correct? Not according to biblical scholar Richard Bauckham. In his […]

Were There Written Sources for the Gospels?

| March 3, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  We can surmise that the acts and sayings of Jesus were memorized and transmitted orally for many years after his death and resurrection, but before the Gospels were written. Another question to ask is this: Were there written documents that the Gospel authors also used as source material? Richard Bauckham, in […]

Did Jesus Expect His Disciples to Memorize His Teaching?

| February 28, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Memorization of important traditions was an essential part of life in ancient Palestine, when Jesus was alive. Is there any evidence that Jesus structured his teachings to facilitate memorization by his followers, or was he just flying by the seat of his robes during his public speeches? Did he expect his […]

How Important Was Memorization in Ancient Palestine?

| February 26, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Most historians agree that the four Gospels were not written until at least a couple of decades had passed after Jesus’ death and resurrection, if not more. Even the apostle Paul’s letters were written 10 or more years after Jesus died. Likewise with the other letters in the New Testament. If […]

Did Christians Steal from Egyptian Mythology?

| January 1, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Generally I don’t post videos as I’m more of a fan of the written word, but sometimes I run across something that is just too good to not post. Check out this video from Lutheran Satire that does an accurate and funny debunking of the folks out there who claim that […]

#4 Post of 2013 – When Did the Idea That Jesus Never Existed Originate?

| December 23, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Contemporary Jesus mythicists like Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Earl Doherty have argued that Jesus, as a historical figure, never really existed. They, however, are hardly the first to make this claim. Biblical scholar Robert Van Voorst, in his book Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence, traces […]

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