- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Xulon Press (May 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607917335
- ISBN-13: 978-1607917335
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trusting the New Testament Paperback – May 14, 2009
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I give this product 4 stars as I feel it is not quite the slam dunk that "Shattering the Christ Myth" was, and he ventures a little more into pure Christian apologetic. This is not to say it is worthless, but it will have a more limited appeal. This time, instead of engaging most amateur conspiracy theorists, his targets including so-called liberal and "radical" scholars, especially biblical "Higher Critics." There is a nice section addressing the popular "telephone game" argument against the reliability of ancient texts which is helpful. Essentially the book helps the reader understand the process of remembering the life of Jesus, writing it down, and the process that went into collecting the New Testament into a canon, as well as the process of preservation of ancient texts, and how historians attempt to determine what most likely happened in the past. Through the lens of a discussion of whether we can "Trust" the New Testament, Holding provides a concise primer on historical criticism, as well as asking how we know what we think we know.
In many cases, Holding admittedly strays out from mainstream scholarship in his assertions about certain texts. Off hand, I could only recall two times however when I thought he had made a genuine mistake. The breadth of the book's positions were reasonable, even if some were held by only a minority of scholars.Read more ›
If you believe anything historical from 1700+ years ago-- then it is very hard to justify not acknowledging the fact that the textual evidence of the New Testament is superior to other events in history that you already believe....
I have even contacted JPH with a few questions and to my suprise he actually takes the time to write back everytime. How many authors will do that?
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One of the most informative books I've ever read. The vocabulary in this book is a little thick, but the information is invaluable. I give this book a huge thumbs up.Published 3 months ago by Speedlearner
J.P. Holding has many good intentions, but his efforts in apologetics are marred by his use of mockery and insult. As a brother in the Lord I cannot support Holding's ministry. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Mandude