Is the New Testament Reliable?  -     By: Paul Barnett
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Is the New Testament Reliable?

Inter-Varsity Press / 2005 / Paperback

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The historical claims of the New Testament: that Jesus performed miracles, fulfilled prophecy, died and rose again, and ascended into heaven--come to us as received tradition, and we receive them in faith, trusting that the New Testament is indeed an inspired collection of writings, that it indeed tells us the truth.Increasingly, the reliability of not just the New Testament but really any document of history is called into question. If everyone writes from a point of view and with an agenda, can we reasonably expect any historical account to be objective--to tell us the truth? In this revised edition of Is the New Testament Reliable? Paul Barnett defends the task of the historian and the concept of history. He then addresses questions about the New Testament of importance to people of faith and skeptics alike such as: how close in time are the New Testament documents to the life of Jesus?, why should we believe the writings of "biased" early Christians?, were any of the writers of the New Testament books eyewitnesses to the events it records?, and how can we know that what was originally written has not been altered through the centuries? It is no small thing to trust ancient claims, but Barnett shows that we can take confidence in the New Testament, for it tells us the truth.

Paul Barnett is a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, and a visiting fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University in Australia. He was the Anglican bishop of North Sydney from 1990 to 2001, and is the author of Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 221
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0830827684
ISBN-13: 9780830827688
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The historical claims of the New Testament--that Jesus performed miracles, fulfilled prophecy, died and rose again, and ascended into heaven--come to us as received tradition, and we receive them in faith, trusting that the New Testament is indeed an inspired collection of writings, that it indeed tells us the truth. Increasingly, the reliability of not just the New Testament but really any document of history is called into question. If everyone writes from a point of view and with an agenda, can we reasonably expect any historical account to be objective--to tell us the truth? In this newly revised edition of Is the New Testament Reliable? Paul Barnett defends the task of the historian and the concept of history. He then addresses questions about the New Testament of importance to people of faith and skeptics alike:
  • How close in time are the New Testament documents to the life of Jesus?
  • Why should we believe the writings of "biased" early Christians?
  • Were any of the writers of the New Testament books eyewitnesses to the events it records?
  • How can we know that what was originally written has not been altered through the centuries?
It is no small thing to trust ancient claims, but Barnett shows that we can take confidence in the New Testament, for it tells us the truth.

Author Bio

Barnett (Ph.D., London University), was until his retirement Anglican bishop of North Sydney, Australia. He remains a visiting fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) and research professor at Regent College (Vancouver, British Columbia). He has written several books.

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    Barnett is a well-known and highly respected New Testament scholar. I found this book to be very helpful. He defends the New Testament's reliability by presenting relevant evidence and by comparing it with the evidence from other ancient writings. He shows that the New Testament evidence far exceeds the criteria that scholars use in determining the reliability of other works. Yet, in many cases, literature with less and weaker supporting evidence, is held in high regard while the reliability of the New Testament continues to be disputed. I found his argument to be largely persuasive.
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