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Josh McDowell

"The Historic Reliability of the Old Testament" and "The Historic Reliability of the New Testament" by Josh McDowell
McDowell looks at:

  • Old Testament History
  • Archaeology and Old Testament Times
  • The Middle Bronze Age
  • The Iron Age
  • Some Reversals in Old Testament Criticism
  • The Hittites

Next McDowell examines the Historical Reliability of the New Testament

  • The Census in the Gospel of Luke
  • The Burial Place of Jesus

Jan/Feb 2014 Theology Matters, p. 1      Footnotes


"The Trustworthiness of Scripture" by Josh McDowell
McDowell looks at:

  • The Wonder of Its Unity
  • The Wonder of Its Historical Accuracy
  • The Wonder of Its Indestructibility
  • The Wonders of Its Scientific Accuracy
  • The Wonder of Its Frankness
  • The Wonder of Its Predictive Prophecy
  • The Wonder of Its Christ-centeredness
  • The Wonder of Its Intellectual Integrity
  • The Wonder of Its Teachings
  • The Wonder of Its Transforming Power

Next McDowell examines the making of the Old Testament books and how they were accurately preserved.    McDowell then looks at the making of the New Testament gospels and epistles, the vast number of existing early manuscripts, and the accuracy with which they were copied.

Finally, McDowell discusses four perspectives on the nature of inspiration.  After examining each, he concludes that the view that Scripture is both divine and human is the one that best fits the evidence.  McDowell explains, “This view reflects the biblical teaching that the Bible itself, in all that it states, is a product of divine revelation, channeled through, but not corrupted by, human agency, by which the unique talents, backgrounds, and perspectives of the authors complement rather than restrict what God intended to reveal.”

Scripture itself claims to be divinely inspired:

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.  (2 Timothy 3:16)

But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:20-21)  Nov/Dec 2013 Theology Matters, Footnotes