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Why Should We Think That Mark, Luke, and Acts Were Written Before AD 62? Part 6

| August 2, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 6, we conclude J. Warner Wallace’s case for the early dating of Mark, Luke, and Acts, as written in his book Cold-Case Christianity. In the previous 5 posts, we have seen 11 pieces of evidence with which Wallace builds his case.  Now it is time to see what we can […]

Why Should We Think That Mark, Luke, and Acts Were Written Before AD 62? Part 5

| July 26, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 5, we continue with J. Warner Wallace’s case for the early dating of Mark, Luke, and Acts, as written in his book Cold-Case Christianity. The eleventh piece of evidence is that Mark seems to be protecting key players. Wallace explains: In my years as an investigator, there have been many times […]

Why Should We Think That Mark, Luke, and Acts Were Written Before AD 62? Part 4

| July 24, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 4, we continue with J. Warner Wallace’s case for the early dating of Mark, Luke, and Acts, as written in his book Cold-Case Christianity. The ninth piece of evidence is that Luke quoted Mark (and Matthew) repeatedly. Wallace explains: Luke, when writing his own gospel, readily admitted that he was […]

Why Should We Think That Mark, Luke, and Acts Were Written Before AD 62? Part 3

| July 22, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 3, we continue with J. Warner Wallace’s case for the early dating of Mark, Luke, and Acts, as elucidated in his book Cold-Case Christianity. The seventh piece of evidence is that Paul reinforced the claims of the Gospel writers. Wallace explains: While some modern critics challenge the authorship of Paul’s pastoral […]

Why Should We Think That Mark, Luke, and Acts Were Written Before AD 62? Part 2

| July 19, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1 we looked at three reasons that Mark, Luke, and Acts were probably written before AD 62. However, J. Warner Wallace, in his book Cold-Case Christianity, provides several more pieces of evidence. The fourth piece of evidence is that Luke said nothing about the death of James. Luke featured another important […]

Why Should We Think That Mark, Luke, and Acts Were Written Before AD 62? Part 1

| July 17, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Some New Testament critics claim that all of the Gospels (plus Acts) were written after AD 70, some 40 years after Jesus’s death. While this is possible, it seems very unlikely. There are good reasons to believe that at least Mark, Luke, and Acts were written before AD 62. J. Warner […]

Did Jesus’s Disciples Conspire to Lie about Him? Part 2

| July 15, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1, we started to look at J. Warner Wallace’s analysis of whether the disciples of Jesus could have successfully conspired to lie about his death and resurrection. We already saw that there were too many conspirators (disciples) for them to be successful, and the disciples were separated by great […]

Did Jesus’s Disciples Conspire to Lie about Him? Part 1

| July 13, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In a previous post we laid out the requirements for successfully pulling off a conspiracy: small number of conspirators thorough and immediate communication short time span significant relational connections little or no pressure. Former cold case detective J. Warner Wallace, after sharing these requirements, investigates whether the disciples of Jesus could […]

How Can a Successful Conspiracy Be Pulled Off?

| July 10, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Former cold case detective J. Warner Wallace investigated many criminal conspiracies during his career.  Because of this experience, he was able to summarize rules for successful conspiracies in his book Cold-Case Christianity. Here they are: A SMALL NUMBER OF CONSPIRATORS The smaller the number of conspirators, the more likely the conspiracy will […]

Is Mark’s Gospel Peter’s Eyewitness Account? Part 2

| July 5, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1, we looked at evidence for Mark’s use of Peter’s eyewitness accounts for his Gospel. There are 6 pieces of evidence that have been assembled by J. Warner Wallace in his book Cold-Case Christianity. We will look at the final two pieces of evidence below. Fifth, Mark included details that can […]

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