Endnotes – Are the Gospels Reliable?

According to jesusseminar.org, “The Jesus Seminar was organized under the auspices of the Westar Institute to renew the quest of the historical Jesus. At the close of debate on each agenda item, Fellows of the Seminar vote, using colored beads to indicate the degree of authenticity of Jesus’ words or deeds.”

  1. Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, vol. 3 of The Story of Civilization (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972), 555.
  2. Josh McDowall, The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999), 38.
  3. William F. Albright, Recent Discoveries in Biblical Lands (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1955), 136.
  4. William F. Albright, “Toward a More Conservative View,” Christianity Today, January 18, 1993, 3.
  5. John A. T. Robinson, Redating the New Testament, quoted in Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist(Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004), 243.
  6. McDowell, 33-68.
  7. McDowell, 34.
  8. Bruce M. Metzger, The Text of the New Testament (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), 34.
  9. McDowell, 38.
  10. Metzger, 39.
  11. Metzger, 36-41.
  12. John A. T. Robinson, Can We Trust the New Testament? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977), 36.
  13. Quoted in McDowell, 36.
  14. J. P. Moreland, Scaling the Secular City (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000), 134-157.
  15. Quoted in Geisler and Turek, 256.
  16. Quoted in McDowell, 61.
  17. Quoted in McDowell, 64.
  18. Geisler and Turek, 269.
  19. J. P. Moreland, 136-137.
  20. Geisler and Turek, 276.
  21. Durant, 563.
  22. Gary R. Habermas, “Why I Believe the New Testament is Historically Reliable,” Why I am a Christian, eds Norman L. Geisler & Paul K. Hoffman (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2001), 150.
  23. Ibid.
  24. Ibid.
  25. Metzger, 86.
  26. Quoted in McDowell, 135.
  27. Quoted in Josh McDowell, The Resurrection Factor (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, 1981), 9.