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Let Ancient People Speak for Themselves

by Lydia McGrew January, 2018 As I've noted before, New Testament scholarship seems to give rise to sweeping statements about "ancient people" and how vastly differently they thought about the matter of truth than do "modern people." The implication is usually that...

Handout on Evidence

Replica of an 1835 letter to the editor, with response detailing two dozen recommended works in apologetics. PDF may take some time to load. If file does not load, click here. [pdf-embedder...

Licona gospel examples V: Making things complicated

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 A common theme among the examples I've examined from Michael Licona's Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? is that New Testament scholars tend to go for more complicated theories over simpler theories. This problem is endemic to the...

Licona gospel examples IV: More over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'll discuss more examples from Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? in which Licona's approach creates unnecessary tensions between the gospel accounts by over-reading. Here, as elsewhere, Licona opts for the...

Licona gospel examples III: Over-reading

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this entry and one other (with a short theological digression post in between) I plan to discuss passages in which Licona engages in over-reading in Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? Here I will focus on over-readings...

Licona gospel examples, Part II: Fictions Only Need Apply

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 In this post I'm going to continue discussing specific examples from Michael Licona's book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? My goal is to continue showing that Licona fails to provide examples from the gospels where the best...

Licona gospel examples, Part I: Utterly Unforced Errors

by Lydia McGrew October, 2017 Having discussed and answered Licona's claim in Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? to have found ample evidence of the use of fictionalizing literary devices in Plutarch, I'm starting on a series of posts analyzing a sample of his...

Fake Points Don’t Make Points

by Lydia McGrew November, 2017 We pause in our series of detailed discussions of Dr. Licona's examples for a broader theological reflection. It is all-too-common in New Testament circles, and certainly not unique to Dr. Licona's work, to hold that a Gospel author...

On Some Examples in Plutarch

by Lydia McGrew October, 2017 In this post I'd like to discuss some examples from Michael Licona's book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? concerning Plutarch. These examples are supposed to be part of a cumulative case for the widespread existence in ancient...

Response to Licona

by Lydia McGrew October, 2017 Dr. Michael Licona has posted the current version of a response to my remarks here. A fair bit of it is assertion without argument, but there are some points I would like to discuss and reply to. (I should mention that McAfee Site Adviser...

Flowchart: On Alleged Literary Devices

by Lydia McGrew September, 2017 This is just the first entry in which I intend to display this flowchart. You'll be seeing it again! Here I want to discuss the flowchart itself and how it applies both to biblical and to non-biblical texts. The intention is to provide...

Hoaxer or historical witness: The Johannine Dilemma

by Lydia McGrew September, 2017 In C.S. Lewis's exposition of his famous Liar, Lunatic, or Lord trilemma concerning Jesus Christ, he says, I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as...

New Testament Interpretation in the Real World

by Lydia McGrew September, 2017 New Testament scholars are particularly prone to ivory tower disease. A symptom of this disease is that one interprets one's subject matter texts (in this case, the books of the New Testament) without any reference to the ways in which...

Licona Wrap-Up

by Lydia McGrew December, 2017 I'll begin this wrap-up by discussing a portion of an e-interview from this past summer that Bible Gateway did with Dr. Licona. In the e-interview, Licona has this to say about harmonization and the Gospels: By harmonization efforts, I...

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