Do we have in the four Gospels in the New Testament reliable means of access to the real Jesus? Are the Gospels history, legend, myth, or mere propaganda? Many people in the contemporary world, perhaps especially in the media, and even in the contemporary church have come to think that the four Gospels in the New Testament are basically very unreliable sources for knowing anything about Jesus.
The canonicity of the Gospels was an issue that arose in the period from the second to third century. In this time the church was determining the authority of these Gospels. In this article Richard Bauckham looks briefly at the way in which apostolic eyewitness functioned as a criterion of authenticity.