Challenge: The Gospel Writers Were Just Educated Storytellers

How would you respond to this challenge?

It is widely understood that the persons who wrote the gospels were not eyewitnesses to Jesus’ ministry and were not historians as we would define the term today. Rather, they were educated storytellers who used material from both mostly oral and some written sources while at the same time adding in some embellishments and myths at their own discretion. There was no fact checking available (i.e. no contradicting information sources) and no one alive who could testify that any given story was untrue.

Can you offer any reasons as to why he’s incorrect about this? Tell us what you think in the comments below, and be sure to visit the blog on Thursday to see Brett’s response.

[Update: View Brett's video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]


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Amy K. Hall