At robertson redating the new testament
The historical accuracy of the New Testament can be proven by subjecting it to three generally accepted tests for determining historical reliability.
Such tests are utilized in literary criticism and the study of historical documents in general. 1 They involve 1) bibliographical, 2) internal and 3)external examinations of the text and other evidence.
is so large that it is practically certain that the true reading of every doubtful passage is preserved in some one or another of these ancient authorities.
The caution exercised by the writers, their personal conviction that what they wrote was true and the lack of demonstrable error or contradiction indicate that the Gospel authors and, indeed, all the New Testament authors pass the second test as well (Luke 1:1-4; John ; ; Acts 1:1-3; ; -26; 2 Peter ; 1 John 1:1-3).
The kinds of things the Gospel writers include in their narratives offer strong evidence for their integrity.
This test seeks either to corroborate or to falsify the documents on the basis of additional historical literature and data.
(In this section, we will look at Christian sources; in the next section, fact four, we will look at non-Christian sources.) Is there corroborating evidence for the claims made in the New Testament outside the New Testament?They forthrightly supply the embarrassing and even capital charges of Jesus’ own enemies.