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The Authority and Authenticity of NT Scripture


I believe that the Bible (both the Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament) is inspired by God and is supremely authoritative. The Scriptures, through narrative, poetry, and instructions, etc, show us how we can know God. They also show us how we can live lives that please God, lives that will be blessed and used by him.

Here are a few resources that I’ve found useful and informative in regard to trusting the authority and authenticity of the New Testament.

The Development of the Canon of New Testament Scripture

The information on the NT Canon website, collated and organised by Glen Davis, shows the processes by which the Church selected certain writings and deemed them as authoritative, separating them from a larger body of early Christian literature. I like the information on this website and how it has been arranged.

The Reliability of New Testament Scripture with Dan Wallace

This is an excellent and entertaining video of Dr Daniel Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. In this video, Dan Wallace gives a 35-minute talk about textual variants in Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, and how these variations do not undermine our trust in the reliability and message of Scripture.

Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?

This is a more recent 50-minute video where Dan Wallace speaks about the reliability of the Greek New Testament. His speech starts at the 5-minute mark.

Fragments of Truth with Craig Evans

Fragments of Truth is a one-hour documentary featuring Dr. Craig Evans, Professor of Christian Origins at
Houston Theological Seminary, who has traveled the globe to track down the most ancient New Testament manuscripts. In this video, “he highlights groundbreaking new evidence, demonstrating that the case for the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts is stronger than ever.”

In this 1-minute video, Craig Evans speaks with Larry Hurtado about the second-century fragment Papyrus 52 of John’s Gospel housed at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK.

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Dan Wallace is an expert on New Testament Greek. However, I disagree with his conclusions about the ministries of Priscilla and Junia. My articles on Priscilla and Junia where I refer to Dr Wallace’s ideas are here.

Did Priscilla Teach Apollos?
Was Junia well known “to” the apostles?

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The Bible and “Plain Sense” Reading
The Pitfalls of Using Greek-English Dictionaries
My articles about Bible translations are here.

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