Are the four New Testament Gospels reliable accounts of Jesus? Are the Gospels accounts of real history? In this article, Richard Bauckham highlights the importance of the eyewitnesses described in the Gospels - those who were actually there at the events of Jesus' life. Bauckham asks the question: How are the Gospels related to the testimony of the eyewitnesses?
Should we expect the Lord Jesus to include a substitutionary atonement theory in every one of his parables? Not at all, contrary to what liberal theologians have suggested by their criticisms of the parable of the prodigal son. This article shows at the same time how the atonement is a series of historical events, and not simply that of the cross.
Chapter 1 gives a brief overview of the content of the four Gospels.
Are the Gospel accounts reliable? Do they record historical events? This article looks at nine perspectives on the reliability of the Gospels.
Was the period of transmission of the words and deeds of Jesus exclusively an oral tradition? Stein argues that it was not.
What do we know about the Pharisees and the Sadducees? Newman wants to characterize these two groups and gather information from Josephus and rabbinic literature. However, to understand what Jesus meant when he said, “Beware the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees,” Newman argues that the New Testament must be the primary source. He uses the biblical text as an exhortation to the contemporary church.
What is the nature and character of the Gospels? This article wants to describe the shift in the view of the Gospels over the last thirty years. Are the Gospels snapshots, abstract paintings, or portraits of the life of 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.