The Historical Reliability of the Gospels— The Greer-Heard Forum at NOBTS

This weekend is shaping up to be quite the little dialogue—- Bart Ehrman, Dale Martin, and Jennifer Knust on one side,  and  Craig Evans, Craig Keener, and me  on the other, debating the historical reliability of the Gospel accounts about Jesus at New Orleans Baptist’s Greer-Heard Forum on this Friday and Saturday.   Your truly will also be preaching in chapel there on Thursday, and at  Calvary Baptist on Sunday.  The person to contact about this is Dr. Bob Stewart at the seminary.     Here is the link to the Google announcement.

Yes, some of this will eventually be available online.

And BTW,  any jazz maven wanting to go see Ellis Marsalis at Snug Harbor on Friday night with me,  talk to Bob.  He’s got the tickets.    Ya’ll come.

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  • graham veale

    Will this be available online?

  • graham veale

    Dr Witherington

    I’m a little puzzled to discover Dale Allison on the same “side” as Bart Ehrman. I would have thought that Ehrman was more of a “minimalist” than Allison.

    (My impression was that Allison would allow that we can draw a broadly accurate portrait of Jesus from the Gospels, but that we can’t depend on the details of the Gospel accounts).


  • ben witherington

    Who said anything about Dale Allison? It’s Dale Martin.


  • graham veale

    Is there anything that I could type right now that would make my question look like a deliberate mistake that conceals a subtle point?

  • graham veale

    I also noticed that you answered my first question on the original post.
    If anyone can think of a better way to make a complete clot of yourself on a public blog, don’t hesitate to let me know.

  • Mike Taylor

    Graham – don’t feel too bad. We’ve all been there – some of us have lost count how many times.

    Doc, wish I could be there. Both for the debate and the music.

  • Steve Korn

    sorry this has nothing to do with your debate…
    years ago at Ashland you previewed our study of Acts 2 with a Jewish source that described God’s giving of the law that sounded VERY MUCH like Acts 2 – what, pray tell, is that document and passage?

    Thanks for your help, may God give you grace and wisdom this weekend!

  • anon

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I hope it works out better than the Ehrman/Evans debate in Kansas City. I’ve seen it discussed by a UCLA Archeologist ( and the comments on youtube are decidedly pro-Ehrman. I thought Evans did a fine job, but apparently my views are in the minority.

    I hope you do well, Dr. Witherington. You are in my prayers (and I also confess envy that you get to hear the great music!)

  • Austin Hoyle

    Michael Carney used to be my next door neighbor.

  • graham veale

    Did I at least summarise Allison’s views correctly?

  • Quiddity

    I love this stuff! My local radio stations don’t carry this kind of thoughtful dialogue.