Can we trust the New Testament?: thoughts on the reliability by George Albert Wells

By George Albert Wells

Do we belief the recent testomony? questions the historic accuracy of greatly held perspectives of early Christianity. during this publication radical Bible pupil G. A. Wells examines Biblical money owed of the lives of the apostles Peter and Paul and offers facts that the occasions defined within the New testomony have been written through the years to help the agendas of the Christian church. He embarks on an in depth research of the publication of Acts, wondering its authorship and casting doubt at the occasions it and the gospels describe.

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Cf. above, p. lok , pp. 96-- 106). it was the archomes who really crucified Jesus, but they wo uld not have done so if they had known the wisdom of God (I Cor. 2:6-8), if, that is, they had suspected that the cross of Christ wo uld bring salvation to the world and make an e nd of them; fo r through death he passed o ut of their sphere . Stripped o f his fl esh, he has nothing more in common with sin, and death is no lo nger lord over him in his risen stale (Hom. ). Mo reover, what happened tO him happened to all who have faith in him: from the mo me nt of his death they are "redeemed , as full y as himself, from the hostile powers,~ and with his resurrection they are -transferred into indestructible life" (p.

Tll followers who are not his blocxl relatives ~ m y brethren. s<:iples this, the two evangelists may well here be dmwing on a common source, a story in which the risen Jesus made some statement about his 'brethren' in the sense of a group of follow- The Eorliesr EtJidence 39 ers. ln his commenta ry on Jo hn's gospel, Lindars sa ys that the words "go to my brethren and say tO the m ~ at this point in its resurrection narrative (20: 17-1 8), considered together with Matthew's "go tell my brethren," ~ require the suppositio n that John was using a source which also lies behind Mt.

But the fa ct that Paul gives no indic:nion as to who these agents were suggests that he had no precise infom1ation on the subject. 1 l refere nce to earthly persons who had some power and authority, to "eart hly rulers in general» (p. 366). This is surely just the vague w:1y of speaking to be expected from a Paul who knew nOlhing mo re specific. use they were ignorant of his tn1e identity is not confined to the early books of the NT. :alypse known as the Ascension of Isaiah. which purports to foretell that when ~ the Lord, who will be ca lled Christ, will descend into the world the God o f that world will stretch forth his hand against the Son, and they will lay hands o n him and cmcify him on a tree, without kno \v ing who he is" (9: 14).

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