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New York Times bestselling books have taken the view that the oldest New Testament documents paint a very different picture to later copies. Others are of the opinion that the original gospel accounts were never intended to be historically accurate. Many people assume that the bias of the original NT authors distorted their recollections of Jesus, and Jesus’ words were not put into written form for several decades.
Echoes of Jesus – now in its second edition – is a Christian apologetic response to these issues. It presents evidence in an engaging manner, following a logical journey of discovery. It is accessible to both Christian believers and those who know little about Jesus. Questions for discussion and reflection at the end of each chapter reflect this welcoming approach. This highly readable journey of discovery considers gospel textual criticism, authorship of the Gospels, Christian historiography, literacy & more. See evidence for the reliability of the recounting of Jesus.
After reading this book you will:
- understand the extent of literacy and historical awareness in ancient civilisations
- appreciate how it was possible for the first disciples to accurately record Jesus’ life and teachings
- have a highly readable explanation of ancient New Testament documents and know what they have to say about accuracy in copying
- know the content and credibility of non-Christian ancient literature that comment on Jesus and the first Christians.