the historicity of Christianity

  1. If Jesus historically exists, what is the next question that critics will bring up?
    No one can know the personality and the character of Jesus Christ
  2. What is the name of the German scholar who was a former leader of the historical Jesus movement?
    Rudolph Bultmann
  3. What is the name of the mythology campaign that seeks to determine what saying of Jesus are legitimate?
    Jesus Seminar
  4. Of the 1500 statements made by Jesus, what percentage did they declare were definitely stated by Jesus and what percentage wasn't stated by Jesus at all?
    2%; 82%
  5. What are the three approaches to the study of the historicity and inerrancy of God's Word?
    • bibliographical approach
    • internal evidence
    • external evidence
  6. In regard to the bibliographical approach, what three factors are important?
    • number of manuscripts
    • time span
    • consistent manuscripts
  7. What is notable about the number of manuscripts found of the New Testament text?
    The NT text is preserved in 5685 partial and complete manuscript portions
  8. What is notable about the time span of the NT manuscripts?
    There is a complete NT manuscript from w/in 250 years of its conception. These manuscripts were written closer to the date of the original writing than any other ancient manuscript
  9. What is notable about the consistency of the manuscripts?
    They are consistent to each other with variants chiefly having to do w/ a copy error
  10. What percentage of the NT do we have and how sure are we about it?
    100% of NT and sure about 99.5% of it
  11. What two factors are notable about the internal evidence regarding the writers of the NT?
    • The writers were either eye-witnesses or interviewed eye-witnesses
    • They were apostles who wrote early and w/in the 1st century
  12. What are the 3 D's formulated to convince the unbeliever that the Bible is credible in regard to internal evidence?
    • details
    • digits
    • deaths
  13. Why are details important?
    Becuase it suggests that the writers were eye-witnesses
  14. Why are digits important?
    Because it's impossible for 9 men to write 27 books that corroborated each others' details unless they were eye-witnesses
  15. Why are the deaths of the disciples important?
    10 of the original 12 were martyred for their beliefs. John was exiled and Paul later martyred. They died for what they saw and heard and would not have died for a lie.
  16. Why is it important to show that these apostles wrote early?
    If the books were written after the 1st century, then it's too late for them to be written by the apostles, who were eye-witnesses
  17. Hardy states that all of the NT (except John and Revelation) was written before what time?
    AD 70 (documents don't mention the destruction of the temple)
  18. What two important factors are associated w/ the external evidence for the reliability of the Bible?
    • Non-Christian & Christian sources attest to the accuracy of the NT
    • Archaeology supports the NT
  19. Why is biblical inerrancy important?
    Because rejecting this doctrine affects your view of the nature of God and allows for the idea that God didn't inspire the Bible
  20. Inerrancy
    God's word without error
  21. Autographs
    original documents
  22. Manuscript
    a copy of an original document
  23. Variant
    an instance where a manuscript was copied incorrectly
  24. Ossuary
    a bone box
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the historicity of Christianity
Historicity if Christianity