HISTORICAL RELIABILITY: Did the authors want to preserve accurate history?

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Lesson

Would the gospel writers have wanted to preserve accurate history? Why are there four Gospels, with all the similarities and differences?

Outline

4. Would the gospel writers have wanted to preserve accurate history?

A. They thought Jesus was the unique God-man.

B. They expected Jesus to return quickly

C. Doesn't theology inherently bias a historian?

5. Why Four Gospels, with the similarities and differences?

A. Ancient cultures valued memorization (“guarded tradition”)

B. Differences match the patterns of ancient story telling

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