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Isn’t the New Testament a corrupted, unreliable text?

March 3, 2015
  • Please Listen to the Wayne State Debate Prior to 3/31/2015
    • Archived at and on YouTube at
      • Refer to Bruce Russell “God Debate” Handout as you listen and take notes
    • Last class in this course (April 7, 2014): The Problem of Evil (Introduced 3/31)
      • Final Exam (Take-Home) is due at 7 pm April 7.
  • Shortened Class on March 24: Visit with MCREST guests after class and help clean up.
  • Questions and Answers from Last Week’s Discussions and the Readings for This Evening
  • Quiz and Review of Quiz
  • Follow-Up Discussion: Chapter 6: Where did the New Testament Come From; and Chapter 7: Is the New Testament Reliable
    • Who Chose the Books and How Were They Chosen
    • Who Wrote the Books
    • Dating the Gospels
    • Dating Paul’s Writings
    • What about the Books that were Left Out?
    • Textual Criticism / Transmission
    • Manuscript Authority / Thousands of Errors?
    • Archaeological/Non-Christian Writings
  • Kyle Butt: “That Which We have Seen and Heard,” at
    • Discussion
  • Introduction: Isn’t the Old Testament a corrupted, unreliable text? (Chapter 8)
  • Existential Questions:
    • (How) Can I trust what I am reading in the Old Testament?
    • (Why) Should this book matter to me?
    • Is the story true? Is the depiction of God true?
    • Where do I Look for the Answers?
      • In the Bible?
      • Outside of the Bible?
  • The Key Question: Is the Old Testament Reliable?
    • Why pay attention to the Old Testament?
    • T A N A K H: Torah, Nevim, Ketuvim
      • Noted by Josephus
    • The Septuagint
    • The Talmudists
    • The Massoretes
    • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Christ’s Teachings on the Old Testament
    • Matthew 5:17-18; 11:13; 12:39; 15:3-4; 22:31-32, 40; 24:15-16; 26:56
    • Mark 12:36; Luke 4:21; 11:49-51; 16:16-17, 31; 18:31; 24:44
  • For Next Week:
    • Read Holman text: Chapter 08: Is the Old Testament Reliable?
    • Garry K. Brantley, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and Biblical Integrity”
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