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...]

Who Would Die for a Lie? (1 of 2)

Apologists like to point to the deaths of the apostles and ask, “Who would die for a lie?” What doesn’t get enough attention is the more fundamental question: “Why think that any of the apostles were martyred in the first place?” The evidence that they were is quite flimsy. [Read more...]

The Evolving Jesus Story

The gospel story grew with time, and the New Testament books themselves record this evolution. [Read more...]

Is Mark an Eyewitness Account?

How do we know that Mark wrote Mark? Why believe the claims that Mark documented eyewitness testimony? Or that any of the gospels do? There is evidence, but it’s pretty flimsy. Here’s how apologists justify those claims. [Read more...]