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The Historical Reliability of Popular Biographies, Part 1: Framing the Comparison

Recently on Κέλσος I have been discussing the generic features that the NT Gospels share with Greek popular-novelistic biographies. Such features include the simple vocabulary and sentence structure found in these texts (as I discussed in my most recent post), which distinguish popular … Continue reading

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Radio Debate with Craig Evans on the Dating of the Gospels

Last Thursday I took part in a radio debate, sponsored by First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Houston, TX. The debate was moderated by reverend Evan McClanahan, and my debate partner was evangelical biblical scholar Craig Evans. The topic of the debate was 1) the date(s) … Continue reading

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Matthew the τελώνης (“Toll Collector”) and the Authorship of the First Gospel

Last weekend I presented a paper at an Education in Antiquity academic conference, in which I discussed how one’s occupation and social status was tied to literacy and education in the ancient world. Knowing nothing about an individual, except for one’s profession, gives us … Continue reading

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Why Scholars Doubt the Traditional Authors of the Gospels

[I am currently expanding this blog essay into an electronic journal article for publication. As part of the publication process, I plan to make a few changes and revisions to this current version in the future version. I will post a … Continue reading

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Yet Another Case of Apologetic Dishonesty in Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ”: The Historical Evidence for Alexander the Great versus that of Jesus of Nazareth

Years back when I was completing my Classics M.A. program at the University of Arizona, I was gifted by my sister’s former pastor with a copy of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ. In the book Strobel tries to argue … Continue reading

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Ancient Historical Writing Compared to the Gospels of the New Testament

[I am currently expanding this blog essay into an electronic journal article for publication. As part of the publication process, I plan to make a few changes and revisions to this current version in the future version. I will post a … Continue reading

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Outside Corroboration as a Historical Criterion and the Validity of Arguments from Silence

A commonly misunderstood and complained about historical criterion among apologists is that of outside corroboration. “You do not demand that every single claim from every other ancient author outside of the New Testament be independently corroborated to trust their overall reliability!” … Continue reading

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