What Did the Original Books of the Bible Say? (Part 2)

Page from Book of Kells, a Latin illuminated manuscript written in about 800 by Irish monks

What do we do with the contradictory passages in our thousands of copies of New Testament manuscripts? Historians have some inventive approaches to finding the most reliable copies, but there’s plenty of room for error. [Read more...]

Limitations in Historical Analysis of the New Testament

John the evangelist is represented as an eagle in the Book of Kells (c. 800)

The New Testament has several important disputed passages (such as the Comma Johanneum and the story of the woman caught in adultery). Let’s take a look at how historians have resolved these puzzles. The evidence is a little more precarious than one might hope, however. What does this tell us about the unresolved puzzles? [Read more...]