Why We Trust Our Bible

The uniqueness and authority of the Bible are always under attack. Professors and writers are claiming that Jesus never existed, Jesus never claimed to be God, the early church changed the basic preaching of Jesus, books were left out of the Bible, the copies of the Bible that have come down through the centuries are hopelessly corrupt, and how can you trust your translation where there are so many? This class walks you through the process of how we received our Bible and why we can trust it.

You can download the Blomberg study guide under the Downloads section. It contains outlines and review questions related to Dr. Blomberg's lectures. 

This class is in progress and more lectures will be added as we have the opportunitiy.

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Lectures

Historical Jesus (Dr. Darrell Bock)

1

In the historical Jesus debate, some scholars actually question whether Jesus even lived. How can we show that he did live using sources other than the Bible and the writing of the early Church Fathers?

2

Some liberal scholars argue that because the stories of Jesus were first told by word of mouth, and since memory is faulty, that we cannot trust the gospel witness to Jesus. Dr. Bock discusses three views of orality and why the "informal controlled" model of the Bedouins best parallels the gospels and argues for the authenticity of their accounts. He also shows why the supposed "time gap" between Jesus living and the writing of the accounts is only a few years due to the wintess of Paul, and not decades as some propose.

3

When the authenticity of the gospels is questioned due to faulty human memory. Some people claim that since we do not know for sure who wrote the gospels, we cannot trust their message. Others argue that there is nothing special about presenting Jesus as a common miracle worker. In this session, Dr. Bock answers each of these charges.

4

Scholarship has created a series of rules they use to judge the authenticity of a gospel passage. Dr. Bock critiques those rules and shows how they still can argue for the authenticity of the core events of the gospel message.

5

Dr. Bock looks at two key events in the gospels, Jesus' trial and the resurrection. Using the rules of scholarship, he shows that even by those standards these events are authentic.

Are the NT Documents Reliable (Dr. Craig Blomberg)

6

Dr. Blomberg begins by introducing the issue of the historical reliability of the New Testament documents, focusing on Dan Brown and some of the other recent "discoveries." He will cover 12 truths agreed upon except by the most liberal theologians.

7

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

8

Seven questions and Dr. Blomberg's answers.

9

Reasons 7 - 9.

10

10. Non-Christian testimony to Jesus. 11. Archaeology. 12. Testimony of other early Christian Writers. Dr. Blomberg concludes with a powerful discussion of three ways to believe, and what is the relationship between faith and reason.

11

Final nine questions from the audience.

Can we Trust our Translations (Dr. Bill Mounce)

12

Dr. Mounce begins the seminar by talking about how we use words and grammar to communicate within our historical context. This is the theoretical basis for the rest of the seminar.

13

Do you translate words or meaning? At one level, all translations translate for meaning. However, every translation has to decide if they want to err on the side of words or the side of meaning. (Bill references "12" principles, but shortened the presentation to "10.")

14

Four more principles of translation that stem from the basic decision of translating words or meaning. 2. Audience. 3. English style. 4. Ambiguity. 5. Implicit to explicit.

15

Four more principles of translation that stem from the basic decision of translating words or meaning. 6. Fill out the story. 7. Misunderstanding. 8. Sensitivity. 9. Theological biases.

16

This is the most difficult issue in modern translation. For many people, the words "he" and "man" refer to all people, men and women alike. But for many others, "he" and "man" only refer to males. This is not an issue of conservative or liberal. English is in the middle of a significant shift on how it uses these words, and others like "they."

Elder Training (Dr. John Piper)

17

The importance of inspiration and inerrancy for our belief in the Bible.

18

The writings of the apostle Paul are a significant part of the New Testament. The Westminster Confession includes a concise statement about why the Bible is the Word of God.

19

The scope and cohesiveness of the message of the Bible is remarkable, considering it was written over a period of hundreds of years by over 40 different authors.

20

Manuscript evidence indicates that we have the words of the authors. Jesus, the apostles and the authors of the Old Testament claim that Scripture was written by people who were inspired by God.

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Duration

20 hours