“What does it mean to say the New Testament is ‘Historically Reliable?'”


Over the years I have seen more than my share of articles and books written on what is called ‘The Historical Reliability of the New Testament.’

The irony is that hardly any of them have actually defined what ‘historically reliable’ even means.

I recently finished Michael Bird’s book The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus.  In it, he mentions  the issue of ‘historically reliability.’ He says:

“What is more, when we say that the Gospels are historically reliable, we do not mean that they were intended to be judged by the standards of modern historiography or that they are the ancient equivalent of what it would have been like to follow Jesus around with a hidden video camera. They are historically rooted in the memories of the earliest eyewitnesses. ”

“While I think the overall historical reliability of the Gospels is vitally important…

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