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The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? [Paperback]

F. F. Bruce
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8 July 2011
Frederick Fyvie Bruce (1910–1990) was a Biblical scholar, and one of the founders of the modern evangelical understanding of the Bible. His work NEW TESTAMENT DOCUMENTS: ARE THEY RELIABLE? is considered a classic in the discipline of Christian apologetics.

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  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463695543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463695545
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Professor Bruce describes the first edition of this book as his 'literary firstborn'. Since that time it has served as an excellent introduction to the New Testament for both the student and general reader. Providing a treasury of useful material Bruce competently draws upon several disciplines to provide authoritative information on subjects as diverse as literary criticism (date, composition and authorship of the New Testament documents), theological interpretation (the miracle stories of the Gospels) and archaeology (in support of the writings of the evangelists and St Paul). As a result this book continues to be a useful resource for the busy reader who is looking for a scholarly, yet brief, introduction to this important subject. The book's title reflects the content well and meets the common assumption of biblical unreliability with an invitation to examine the evidence. The writing is concise, partly because this is Bruce's style and partly because there is a desire to present an overview of a complicated subject in a short space (just over 100 pages). For those who wish to pursue their interest further a useful reading list is included as well as relatively detailed name, subject and scripture index. Given its size this small book contains a wealth of information relative to biblical studies and deserves a place on the bookshelves of scholars, clergy and lay persons alike.
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This is a well-written and important book. Bruce clearly introduces the reader to the wealth of evidence for the historic accuracy of the New Testament. Although the writer certainly believes the NT's historicity, areas of controversy are identified and addressed.
The book is pitched at an accessible level for an interested non-historian (particularly one with a reasonable head for facts, figures and evidence). Bruce is clearly a Christian, but he lets the facts speak for themselves.
Ideal for interested seekers (zero cringe factor!) as well as members of the flock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly life-changing book! 13 Nov 2003
By Holly
I was given this little book last year by a Christian friend of mine as part of his hard slog in telling me the gospel (I was very resistant to evangelism!) I was 30 years old at the time and was an over-opinionated non-Christian. However, most of my objections to the Bible were swiftly quashed by the evidence laid out in this book.
The style is clear and concise, and simple enough for non-scholars but still an academic approach to the manuscripts rather than an emotional defence of the gospel. This makes it ideal for sceptics and seekers as it presents the evidence and allows the facts to speak for themselves. It is equally valuable reading for Christians who want to understand the key arguments for the historical legitimacy of the New Testament documents.
And, importantly for me, a footnote on one of the first pages of the book suggested that readers should have actually read the New Testament documents before trying to assess their reliability. This led me to buy a Bible and start reading it for the first time in my life - and just two weeks later I became a Christian! In today's world of instant gratification, I don't think my attempt to get an answer before reading the full text of the question, as it were, was unique.
This book challenges the sceptic to carry out their investigations seriously and get the real facts rather than rely on their own opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can trust traditional biblical scholarship 18 Feb 2009
By trini
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I have a background in biblical studies, but it was some years since I had considered in detail the topic discussed in this short book (only 124 pages, plus short bibliography, general index and index of biblical references), easily readable in one day. My interest was re-aroused by the attacks on the trustworthiness of the New Testament documents which now frequently appear on some internet discussions.

Although the first edition of this book appeared 65 years ago, its conclusions hardly need altering, since they are based on a preceding century of scholarship in the study of the New Testament documents themselves and the Greek and Latin and Jewish worlds in which they were written. The latest edition is given as the 6th, in 1981, but the latest printing contains a much more recent Foreword by Bishop NT Wright of Durham, and the bibliography lists books published as recently as 2003.

It is an immensely satisfying book, establishing the overwhelming case for the genuineness of the New Testament writings as historical documents, better attested by manuscript evidence than any other writings of the period by Greek or Roman philosophers or historians. Furthermore, the book establishes the internal coherence of the content of the New Testament writings, their record of the person and work of Jesus, claimed to be the Messiah and, for the New Testament writers, justifying that claim by their record of and belief in the resurrection of Jesus.

The author goes carefully through every reference to historical personages mentioned in the New Testament, and through every reference to social customs, political and religious titles, religious beliefs, etc., and shows how they fit into the known wider Near-Eastern Greco-Roman world of the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
I found this book to be quite good. However there were quite a few printing errors but overall this did not detract from the content and message of the book.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. H. R. H. Powell
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This man's publications are always well researched and make for very informed reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The New Testament Documents"
An excellent, clear and thorough review of the subject. Would recommend to any student, or to anyone interested in the subject as it is also very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in Biblical scholarship
FF Bruce was one of the leading evangelical scholars in the UK during his academic career. His books help enormously to understand the background to the Bible and to the New... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Openhearts
1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually Unreadable
Unfortunately this small volume is virually unreadable due to the very poor copy editing. Page after page of incorrect, incorrectly spelt words used for example... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Excellent book by an author outstanding in his field. Both books were in excellent condition and amazingly inexpensive. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Know Your History...
At the current price, this is not only an excellent read, it is also an invaluable aid to anyone who regularly reads the Bible, especially the New Testament. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars So you've read a Gospel and....
I was reading through Mark's Gospel and was told that it was an eye-witness account of Jesus' ministry. I wanted to be sure that what I was reading was the truth. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Jaki Ridley
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written and informative, but ...
The content of this Kindle e-book is scholarly, well written and interesting. However, the text includes many 'typos' which makes the reading experience disjointed and... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by Sandy Moir
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but weighted heavily towards the believer
The book is an interesting read but the writer essentially confuses the fact that documents exist with the idea that because they exist they must be factually true. Read more
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