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Are the New Testament Documents Reliable? Paperback – June 8, 2011

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614270589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614270584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 17, 2013
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Frederick Fyvie Bruce (1910-1990) was a Biblical scholar who taught at a variety of universities, and was editor of The Evangelical Quarterly and the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. He wrote a number of influential books, such as New Testament History, The Defense of the Gospel in the New Testament, etc.

He wrote in the first chapter of this 1943 book, "Does it matter whether the New Testament documents are reliable or not? Is it so very important that we should be able to accept them as truly historical records?... For the Christian gospel is not primarily a code of ethics or a metaphysical system; it is first and foremost good news, and as such it was proclaimed by its earliest preachers... this good news is intimately bound up with the historical order, for it tells how for the world's redemption God entered into history... Whether our approach is theological or historical, it does matter whether the New Testament documents are reliable or not." (Pg. 7-9)

He explains, "the Gospels fall naturally into two groups, the first three on one side, and the fourth Gospel on the other... It requires no very detailed study to discover that these three have a considerable amount of material in common. We find, for example, that the substance of 606 out of the 661 verses of Mark appears in Matthew, and that some 380 of Mark's verses reappear with little editorial change in Luke... When we compare Matthew and Luke by themselves, we find that these two have about 250 verses containing common material not paralleled in Mark.
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