12 Reasons to Trust the Gospels

Andrew Wilson briefly summarises 12 arguments from fellow New Testament scholar Peter J. Williams recent book Can We Trust The Gospels?  The reasons range from unintended coincidences to botany. A favourite reason of mine is the type of names we find in the gospels. Wilson writes,

Richard Bauckham has done a lot of work here, and Peter summarises it well: the distribution of personal names we find in the Gospels corresponds extremely well to what we know of Palestinian Judaism on the basis of other sources (including Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic texts and ossuaries). Jews in other parts of the empire had very different naming habits, so nobody from outside the area would have invented plausible names with such accuracy.

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