The Fathers quoted here lived in the first to third centuries. They are unanimous that John wrote the fourth Gospel.
The Fathers quoted here lived in the first to third centuries. They are unanimous that Luke wrote the third Gospel.
The Fathers quoted here lived in the first to third centuries. They are unanimous that Mark wrote the second Gospel.
The Church fathers quoted here lived in the first to third centuries. They are unanimous that Matthew wrote the first Gospel.
This article, the last one in the four-part series, has a focused goal. It provides evidence from the best New Testament textual critics that it is possible to reach back to the original (autograph) books and letters of the New Testament, though the originals no longer physically exist.
This article provides basic facts on how some of the New Testament manuscripts were discovered and how they are classified. It answers such questions as these:
This article comes second in a four-part series on New Testament textual criticism. It answers questions about the material and process of making the pages of a document, along with the scribal art of writing.
This article is the first in a four-part series on New Testament textual criticism. It provides the basics on this science and art, answering such questions as these:
We come at last to the end of the series. Part Fifteen here, summarizing the previous fourteen articles, can serve as a guide for which article the reader may need in the future. The series has always been about having confidence in the four Gospels so the gospel of the kingdom can go forth.
Is there any historical worth to the Gospel of John? Does it stray so far from the actual life of Jesus that we can hope only for a pious but mostly fictional story of him? Skeptics like to point out the differences (not the same as contradictions), but do they ever see the remarkable similarities?