Excellent lecture by Peter Williams on the trustworthiness of the Gospels and their eyewitness accounts to Jesus. Dr. Williams explores many details in the Gospels that I had previously read over not thinking much about: agriculture, architecture, botany, culture, economics, geography, language, law, personal names, politics, religion, social stratification, topography, weather.
The reliability of the eyewitness accounts in the Gospels is important not only because they affirm that the Bible is the Word of God. The eyewitness accounts in the Gospels are also important because Christianity is rooted in history. The Christian faith is rooted in the real world and is true for everyone even if unbelievers reject its significance.
One of the reasons many Muslims do not believe the New Testament is because they are under the impression that Jesus was given a book from heaven, which the Quran calls the Injil (cf. Qur’an 5:46; 57:27) .
The fact is that Jesus was never given a book from heaven. The New Testament was revealed to the 1st century church after Jesus ascended to the right hand of God in heaven.
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