Just How Reliable Is The New Testament?

Contextualizing the details:

The Dish


According to Craig L. Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible?: An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions, perhaps more than you think. Reviewing the book, Louis Markos highlights areas where Blomberg pushes back against well-known critics of the Bible’s reliability, such as Bart Ehrman, arguing its trustworthiness “does not depend on its living up to logical positivist standards that would have meant nothing to Moses, David, Luke, or Paul”:

In chapter one, Blomberg puts Ehrman’s claim (from Misquoting Jesus) that “there are four hundred thousand textual variants among the ancient New Testament manuscripts” in the proper context. As he demonstrates, there are only two lengthy passages in the entire New Testament (the extended ending to Mark’s Gospel; the woman caught in adultery in John 8) that are sharply contested, and that do not appear in the oldest and best manuscripts. Neither of these passages contains vital theological or…

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