Can we trust the New Testament?: thoughts on the reliability by George Albert Wells

By George Albert Wells

Do we belief the recent testomony? questions the old accuracy of generally held perspectives of early Christianity. during this booklet radical Bible student G. A. Wells examines Biblical money owed of the lives of the apostles Peter and Paul and provides facts that the occasions defined within the New testomony have been written over the years to aid the agendas of the Christian church. He embarks on an in depth research of the e-book of Acts, wondering its authorship and casting doubt at the occasions it and the gospels describe.

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Chris tian \vriter::; of later date, who did believe that Jesus had been brought befo re Pibte, :1rc noticeably less positive in their assessments of governors. J t epistles, who declares at 1 Tim . 6: 13 that Jesm; "witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate . ~ urges that supplications be made to kings and all ()(her authorities ~ that we may lead a tmnquil and quiet l ife~ (2:1 - 2). (The Pastoral epistles, although ascribed to Paul in the NT, arc gcnemtly admitted, for reasons set out in detail in 'lbejesus lrlylb, pp.

His are not the only NT writings that are vitiated by this need. We shall see in Chapter 2 how hard Luke tries in Acts to represent the church as really continuo us with Israel and alienated from it only by perversity on the pan of the Jews. The way in which he suggests this continuity in his gospel is equally unconvincing. llitical and nationalist hopes familiar from the OT: an angel (no less) fo retells that God will give him the throne o f David to reign over Ismel for ever (1 :32-33). Zechariah, speak ing in this same chapter not just as a pious Jew, but "'through the holy spirit," tells of the promised one who w ill save God's people, who will ~de l ive r us from our e nemies" and "rescue us fro m their h:mds" (1:67- 74).

His are not the only NT writings that are vitiated by this need. We shall see in Chapter 2 how hard Luke tries in Acts to represent the church as really continuo us with Israel and alienated from it only by perversity on the pan of the Jews. The way in which he suggests this continuity in his gospel is equally unconvincing. llitical and nationalist hopes familiar from the OT: an angel (no less) fo retells that God will give him the throne o f David to reign over Ismel for ever (1 :32-33). Zechariah, speak ing in this same chapter not just as a pious Jew, but "'through the holy spirit," tells of the promised one who w ill save God's people, who will ~de l ive r us from our e nemies" and "rescue us fro m their h:mds" (1:67- 74).

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