Reliability
of the new testament

Introduction

The Bible is the textual means of God’s message to us and it affects and influences every part of the Christian life. The Bible has been thoroughly attacked moreso in the last few hundred years and there are questions we need to have answers to. 

Some of the questions are big, some are small, others may not even be on your radar. WhatI aim to give you here is a well rounded base of answers for questions from multiple angles either in the resources and articles

  • How did the canon form and how do we know it’s correct?
  • Were the New Testament authors telling the truth?
  • What about the manuscripts?
  • What do we do if we only have copies of the original papyri?
  • Before the apostles and fellows wrote it all down, how was the message preserved?
  • What evidence outside of the Christian faith recognised the existence of first century Christians? And does it align with today’s Christianity?
  • What about supposed errors and contradictions?
  • What do we mean by “Inspiration”?

Introductory Videos

Essential Books

There are many books! But finding the best for normal people to read isn’t easy! Here I’ve added a few great reads that won’t force you to slug through difficult terminology. 

A great book for beginners when it comes to knowing if the Gospel authors were right in the detail. Did they know the first century? How can we tell they used reliable information? Can we know if we have the words of Jesus? For the reliability of the Gospels, this provides a great introduction into this topic.

Level: Beginner

J Warner Wallace’s book has been built for those who want to investigate the Christian story from a detective direction. What this book does is looks at the Christian texts purely as documents and from then on proceeds to determine them as historical and eyewitness sources that are reliable. 

Level: Beginner

This is your encyclopedia for questions on the Bible and the resurrection. You can find books based on the chapters from this, but what this will do is give you all the essential information you need. Buy it. It is essential.

Level: Beginner 

This book will take you from the Old Testament formation right through to the modern Bible’s of today. This book is designed to give you an overall treatment of the history so you can observe the chain of events that led up to the Bible you read today.

Level: Beginner

Has the Bible been corrupted? What about the Gnostic works? Was Jesus just a social justice warrior? Did Paul take Christianity to the next level with a plan in mind from the beginning prior to conversion? Have we found the tomb of Jesus and his body? These are the questions sceptics can ask of Christians and this is the book to have answers to these objections.

Level: Beginner

In Depth specifics

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Tim McGrew Lecture series

Michael Licona Compositional devices approach

Pastor Marc on easter contradictions resolved
Others

Fragments of Truth

The God who Speaks

Archaeology + Jesus 4 episode series

Textual Criticism

Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Wasn’t the bible created to control the masses?

Can we trust the New Testament manuscripts?

Best argument for and against the gospels – Peter J Williams

Can we trust the gospels – Peter J Williams

Nicene creeds – Darrel Bock

Archaeology in Israel

Uncovering Jerusalem with Archaeologist Eli Shukron

Do the fig tree passages contradict each other?

New Testament manuscripts website: http://www.csntm.org/

Ryan Reeves

Post-Apostolic Church

Bible Archaeology

Ehrman Project

Pastor Marc