Reliability of the Gospels: Canon Issue/The Book of Acts/Authorship of Gospels 

External Evidences for the Truth of the Gospels by Dr. Timothy McGrew

Dr. Mark Strauss: Who Wrote the Gospels, and How Do We Know for Sure?

Common Mistakes Critics Make When Approaching the Gospels

An Evangelical and Critical Approach to the Gospels: Michael Bird

Are the Gospels Historically Reliable?: Dr. Michael Licona

Craig Keener on the historical reliability of the Book of Acts

Was Jesus Born In Bethlehem? Dr. Tim McGrew

Three Things The Gospel Authors Would Have Never Invented About Jesus

Who Decided Which Books Belong In My Bible?

F. David Farnell, “The Synoptic Gospels in the Ancient Church: A Testimony to the Priority of Matthew’s Gospel,” The Master’s Seminary Journal 10.1 (Spring 1999)

Recent Perspectives on the Reliability of the Gospels: Gary Habermas

Dr. Tim McGrew Lectures on Alleged Historical Errors in the Gospels of Luke & John

Who wrote the Gospels? Dr. Timothy McGrew

Did Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John actually author the gospel accounts? Darrell Bock

Peter Williams Lecturing on The Reliability of the Gospels

Archeology and the Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Peter S. Williams

Anthony R. Cross, “Historical Methodology and New Testament Study,” Themelios 22:3 (April 1997): 28-51.

James M. Arlandson: Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Click on the link above and here are all the articles by Arlandson

Note: James M. Arlandson teaches World Religions, Humanities, Introduction to Philosophy, and Introduction to Ethics at various colleges. He has written many articles and one book, Women, Class, and Society in Early Christianity (Hendrickson, 1997). His Ph.D. is in Comparative Literature (ancient Greek literature, religious studies, and critical theory). In the above link, he covers the following:
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
Archaeology and the Synoptic Gospels: Which way do the rocks roll?
Archaeology and John’s Gospel: Is skepticism chic passé?
Did Jesus Even Exist?
Authoritative Testimony in Matthew’s Gospel
Reliable Gospel Transmissions
What is the Q ‘Gospel’? The Gospel According to ‘St Q’?
Did Some Disciples Take Notes During Jesus’ Ministry?
Authoritative Testimony in Matthew’s Gospel
Eyewitness Testimony in Mark’s Gospel
Eyewitness Testimony in John’s Gospel
Are There Contradictions in the Gospels?
Similarities among John’s Gospel and the Synoptic Gospels
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels: Summary and Conclusion

Why the Lost Gospels Did Not Make the Canonical Cut by Michael Bird

Craig Blomberg: Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him And Why It Matters

New Testament Canon: Craig Blomberg

84 Confirmed Facts in the Last 16 Chapters of the Book of Acts

59 Confirmed or Historically Probable Facts in the Gospel of John

The Historical Reliability of John by Craig Blomberg

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg

The Historical Reliability of Acts: Support from Extra-Biblical Primary Sources

How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels? Timothy Paul Jones

The Existence of Jesus: Sources Outside the New Testament: “There are no contemporaries who wrote about Jesus”: The Abuse of Arguments from Silence (thanks to Cadre for some of these)

Did Josephus Refer to Jesus, A Thorough Review of the Testimonium Flavianum (Highly Recommended) CADRE member Christopher Price demonstrates the partial-authenticity of Josephus’ first reference to Jesus and discusses what we can know about the historical Jesus from Josephus.

When an Argument from Silence Becomes Utterly Meaningless by Craig Blomberg

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible

Testimonium Flavianum: Josephus’ Reference to Jesus: Early Christian Writings

What Did the Jewish Historian Josephus Really Say About Jesus?: Jonathan Morrow

Josephus’ Writing and Their Relation to the New Testament Dr. Greg Herrick reviews the value of Josephus’ writings for the study of Jesus and the New Testament.

Early Historical Documents on Jesus Christ The New Advent Encyclopedia chronicles the early references to the historical Jesus, including Pagan, Jewish, and Christian sources.

Extrabiblical References to Jesus before 200 a.d. The Chrisitan Thinktank’s Glen Miller discusses the second-century pagan historian Thallus’ reference to an eclipse that contemporary Christian writer Africanus believed was a reference to the darkness that descended during Jesus’ crucifixion.

Josephus and Jesus: By Paul L. Maier, The Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University

Gospel Critics and the Argument from Silence -Michael Kruger

Did Jesus Exist? All Scholars Agree He “Certainly” Existed

How the Jesus Myth Really Started:? Stephen J. Bedard

Evidence for Jesus as a Miracle Worker

The Miracles of Jesus: A Historical Inquiryy the Disciples/Evangelists? Glen Miller

Craig Evans: Jesus and the Exorcists: What We Learn from Archaeology

Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources

The Existence of Jesus/Answering Jesus Mythers and Parallelomania

What Can We Know About Jesus? Six Guidelines to Follow

Did Jesus Even Exist?-The Problematic Argument from Silence

Jesus Never Existed? Give Me a Break! – Paul L. Maier, PhD

The Gospels Are Reliable and the Gospel Jesus is a Historical Person: Stephen Bedard

Evidence for Jesus and Parallel Pagan “Crucified Saviors” Examined

Bart Ehrman Creates Stir in Atheist Community Over The Existence of Jesus

A Challenge for the Jesus Mythers and the Religious Plagarism Charge

Responding to Richard Carrier’s Myth Hypothesis

Is there no evidence that Jesus even existed? Part 1 by Glenn Peoples

Is there no evidence that Jesus even existed? Part 2 by Glenn Peoples

◾Is there no evidence that Jesus even existed? Part 3 Glenn Peoples

A fight they can’t win: The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus

The Jesus Process: Maurice Casey: Mythicism: A Story of Bias, Incompetence and Falsehood

Bart Ehrman On Why There Are Jesus Mythers

Michael J. Kruger: Did Jesus Even Exist? Responding to 5 Objections Raised by @rawstory

Why The Pre-Jesus Mythologies Fail To Prove Jesus Is A Myth by James Warner Wallace

The Starting Point for Discussions About Jesus: The Historical Bedrock

Are the Sources for the Life of Jesus Really Unreliable? Answering Richard Dawkins

The Existence of Jesus by Craig Keener

Did Jesus Really Exist? Dr. Paul L. Maier, The Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University

Ben Witherington’s Review of Earl Doherty’s The Jesus Puzzle

Method or Madness? A reflection on Jesus, the Titanic, and Parallelomania

Was Early Christianity Corrupted by ‘Hellenism’?

Was Jesus Christ just a CopyCat Savior Myth? Glen Miller

Genre Issues: What are the Gospels?

Richard Bauckham: The Gospels as Histories: What sort of history are they?

Michael R.Licona: Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?: What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography

A Closer Look at the Genre of the Gospels: Ancient and Modern Historiography: What are the Gospels?

Craig Keener on the Genre of the Gospels

The Gospels as Historical Biography (Richard Bauckham)

Glen Miller’s Were the Miracles of Jesus invented by the Disciples/Evangelists?

The Gospels as Biographical Kerygma-Michael Bird

Textual Reliability

Norman Geisler: A Note on the Percent of the Accuracy of the New Testament Text

Inerrancy and the Text of the New Testament: Assessing the Logic of the Agnostic View by Daniel Wallace

Dr. Daniel Wallace: Earliest Manuscript of the New Testament Discovered

Can We Construct The Entire New Testament From the Writings of the Church Fathers?

Is the Bible Today What Was Originally Written? By Andreas J. Köstenberger

An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts

A Response to Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus: Dr. Thomas Howe

Wallace, Daniel B: The Gospel According to Bart: A Review of Bart D. Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

Oral Tradition/The Oral Phase

From Jesus to Us: A Look at P.O.W.E.R.

Jesus, the Gospels, and the Telephone Game Objection

Jewish Scripture and the Literacy of Jesus by Craig Evans

Three Stages In the Formation of the Gospels

Reviewing the Resurrection Creed in 1 Cor 15:3-8

Is the Oral Tradition Comparable to the Telephone Game?William Lane Craig 

With no scripture in place, what controlled doctrine in the 1st century? By Darrell Bock

The Issue of Oral Tradition: Dr. Darrell Bock

How Reliable were the Oral traditions about Jesus? – Dr. Craig Keener

Mark Roberts on Oral Tradition/Telephone Game Objections

A Look at the Jesus Story, Oral Tradition and Eyewitness Memory

James M. Arlandson: Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Paul and the Earliest Records for the Jesus Story

Paul and the Historical Jesus

Paul and the Historical Jesus: A Case Study of 1 Corinthians: Stephen Bedard

Evidence We Want and Evidence We Should Expect: A Look at Paul’s Letters

What Can Paul Tell Us About Jesus?

Was the New Testament Forged – Dr. Bart Ehrman vs. Dr. Darrell Bock

Darrell Bock responds to Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged

How Did Paul Receive the Gospel? Clearing Up A Supposed Contradiction Between Galatians 1:11-12, and 1 Corinthians 15:3-5

A Look at James Tabor on Christianity Before Paul

Why the Resurrection of Jesus is the Best Explanation For What Happened To Paul

The Earliest Record for The Death and Resurrection of Jesus: 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7

A Look at Richard Carrier’s Critique of Bart Ehrman: Part Three

Did Paul Invent Christianity?

Did Paul Invent Christianity? Is the Founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus or Jesus of Nazareth?

Ben Witherington’s Review of Bart Ehrman’s Forged

Mike Licona’s Review of Bart Ehrman’s “Forged”

Objections to Eyewitness Testimony

Are the Gospels a Reliable Eyewitness Account of the Life of Jesus?

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

Why We Should Expect Witnesses to Disagree

Who wrote the Gospels? Dr. Timothy McGrew

The Hearsay Objection: How Can the Gospels Be Eyewitness Accounts If They Include Things the Writers Didn’t See?

Why Should We Trust the Gospels When Eyewitness Testimony Is So Unreliable?

Richard Bauckham Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

Are the Gospels Based on Eyewitness Testimony: The Test of Personal Names

Lecture – Dr Peter Williams – New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts

Can A Witness Be Trusted If He Can’t Be Cross-Examined?

Handling Objections to Luke- The Census Issue:

http://www.lambsound.com/Reading/books/Bible%20Difficulties.pdf Was Luke mistaken about Quirinius and the census? [p. 372 ff]

http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2009/11/01/Once-More-Quiriniuss-Census.aspx Once More: Quirinius’s Census

http://christianthinktank.com/quirinius.html On an objection about Luke, Quirinius, and Herods

http://www.tektonics.org/print.php4 Responses to Richard Carrier’s Claims

Darrell Bock  On Quirinius’ Census 

Supposed Contradictions

Ten Principles When Considering Alleged Bible Contradictions: James Warner Wallace

Old News! Approaching Contradictions in the Gospels

Michael Licona on ancient biography and harmonizing Bible contradictions


Exploring the origins of the New Testament canon and other biblical and theological issues- Michael Kruger


  1. d'Preacher Verily August 27, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Confused. I went to your above link: •F. David Farnell, “The Synoptic Gospels in the Ancient Church: A Testimony to the Priority of Matthew’s Gospel,” The Master’s Seminary Journal 10.1 (Spring 1999): 53-86, but all i found was announcements for a WLC lecture, not seemingly on this subject much.

  2. d'Preacher Verily August 27, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    This looks like a very comprehensive list answering the “critic’s” charges. I hope students of the subject take advantage of it, tho there is so much it will take considerable time and effort to do it justice.

  3. chab123 August 28, 2013 / 3:55 am

    Thanks. I fixed that link.

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