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Don Stewart :: Are the Four Gospels Reliable? (Introduction)

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Are the Four Gospels Reliable?

Which Written Records about Jesus Are Trustworthy? – Introduction

We know that Jesus Christ was an historical character. There are a number of ancient sources that testify to His existence while no ancient source denies He existed. Consequently, the fact that He lived is really beyond all doubt.

However, we need to know more than the fact that Jesus lived. It is important that we have reliable records about Him so that we can have a trustworthy account of His life and ministry. Can we have any accurate knowledge of Jesus or are we left with unreliable evidence about Him?

This book looks into the reliability of the various sources that claim to give us testimony about Jesus’ life and ministry. The main sources are the four gospels. They claim to have been written by people who had firsthand knowledge of Jesus life and ministry. We will examine their claims as well as their reliability.

Apart from the four gospels there have been other works about the life and ministry of Jesus that have been written. While not everything written about Jesus has survived, there are a few writings that claim to contain information about what He said or what He did. This section will also examine some of the more popular of the early writings that claim to give us insight into the life and ministry of Jesus. We will see if any of them can add to our knowledge of Jesus.

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