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Lecture 1: Widely Held Myths about Ancient Sources

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Lesson

An introduction to the common myths that challenged the historicity of the gospel message. Some of the myths have no connection to any historical evidence (e.g., the Da Vinci Code), recently discovered “evidence” is often distorted (Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic literature), and Blomberg concludes that we should be initially skeptical of new findings.

Outline

I. MYTHS UNRELATED TO ANY REAL HISTORICAL EVIDENCE

A. Jesus never existed

B. New Testament Apocrypha (Jesus infancy stories)

C. Medieval fiction (Islamic stories from the 7th century)

D. Modern period (e.g., The Da Vinci Code and the Council of Nicaea)

II. DISTORTION OF “RECENTLY” DISCOVERED EVIDENCE

A. Dead Sea Scrolls

1. Biblical copies confirmed quality of Hebrew manuscripts

2. Essenes sectarian literature

a. Not Christian documents

b. Does not undermine Christianity, but does overlap

B. Gnostic literature

1. Second century A.D.

2. Mutation/Synthesis of Greek philosophy and Christianity

3. Dualists

4. Nag Hammadi

a. Gospel of Judas

b. Gospel of Jesus’ Wife (forgery)

C. “Jesus’ Family Tomb”

1. Wealthy Maccabean family

2. Common names

 

 

 

 

 

B. Genuine evidence is often skewed