It amazes me how often I hear that Jesus never existed or that scripture is just fiction.
So here are a few rather recently published books for the skeptic who claims to have never seen any evidence that scripture is not fiction or that Jesus ever existed.
Showing both the strained harmonizations and the hasty dismissals of the Gospels as reliable accounts to be misguided, Licona invites readers to approach them in light of their biographical genre and in that way to gain a clearer understanding of why they differ.
- Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?
This work is a careful and critical study of the biographical information about Jesus of Nazareth. The results of this work must be taken into account in future research into the gospels’ use of sources and historical reliability. Through careful comparative study of the relevant ancient sources, with which many contemporary interpreters are not adequately acquainted, this book shows that the gospels were competently and reliably written.
- Biographies and Jesus
Questions about the reliability of the New Testament are commonly raised today both by biblical scholars and popular media. Drawing on decades of research, Craig Blomberg addresses all of the major objections to the historicity of the New Testament in one comprehensive volume. Topics addressed include the formation of the Gospels, the transmission of the text, the formation of the canon, alleged contradictions, the relationship between Jesus and Paul, supposed Pauline forgeries, other gospels, miracles, and many more. Historical corroborations of details from all parts of the New Testament are also presented throughout. The Historical Reliability of the New Testament marshals the latest scholarship in responding to New Testament objections, while remaining accessible to non-specialists.
- The Historical Reliability of the New Testament
Study up Patrick. Argument from Ignorance is frowned upon here at “The Skeptical Zone.”