8 Points to Consider on the Authenticity of the Bible {Historical Method} 5 of 9

8 Points to Consider on the Authenticity of the Bible {Historical Method} 5 of 9 February 5, 2014

Special Guest D.M. Johnson

When someone places faith in the Bible, they place it in the direction of evidence, not against the evidence

In this fifth of nine podcasts with D.M Johnson, we’ll examine the various methods historians use when studying ancient texts. D.M. and I address the following methods:

  • Multiple attestation: having multiple ancient sources talking about the same event

  • Early attestation: having an ancient source or sources that date close to the time an event is thought to have happened

  • Disinterested testimony: having a source from a writer who was completely detached and unbiased

  • The criterion of dissimilarity: when a historical figure does something against the social norms of his/her time period

  • The principle of embarrassment: when something embarrassing or incriminating is recorded about a historical person

  • Enemy attestation: when an enemy of a cause or group writes something about that cause or group

We’ll talk about each of these methods and how using them with the Bible can help give us confidence that it is true.

We invite you to read the Bible for yourself and gain a spiritual witness of its truthfulness!

You can find the complete transcript at ibelievepodcast.com. [link here]

Additional Episodes:

{Manuscript Evidence} 8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible

Christianity: What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

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