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

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2003
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830827366  
EAN  9780830827367  

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Is the New Testament fact or fabrication? It depends on whether the ancient documents are reliable. In this concise easy-to-read resource, Bruce explains the formation of the New Testament canon and systematically presents archaeological and historic evidence for its validity. A terrific tool for apologists! Includes a Scripture index and suggestions for further reading.

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Frederick Fyvie Bruce Frederick Fyvie Bruce (F.F. Bruce) (12 October 1910 – 11 September 1990) was a Biblical scholar and one of the founders of the modern evangelical understanding of the Bible. His first book, New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (1943), was voted by the American evangelical periodical Christianity Today in 2006 as one of the top 50 books "which had shaped evangelicals".

Bruce was born in Elgin, Moray, in Scotland and educated at the University of Aberdeen, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the University of Vienna. After teaching Greek for several years, first at the University of Edinburgh and then at the University of Leeds, he became head of the Department of Biblical History and Literature at the University of Sheffield in 1947. Aberdeen University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him in 1957. In 1959 he moved to the University of Manchester where he became Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis. In his career he wrote over 40 books and served as editor of The Evangelical Quarterly and the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. He retired from teaching in 1978.

Bruce was a distinguished scholar on the life and ministry of Paul the Apostle and wrote several studies, the best known of which is Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit (published in the United States as Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free). He also wrote commentaries on several biblical books including Romans, Acts of the Apostles, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, the Gospel and Epistles of John, and the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Bruce was in Christian fellowship at various places during his life, though his primary commitment was to the Open Brethren among whom he grew up. He enjoyed the fellowship and acceptance of this group, though he was very much a maverick in relation to his own personal beliefs. He never accepted the dispensationalism and pretribulationism usually associated with the Brethren, and he was also an advocate of the public ministry of women – something that Plymouth Brethren would still disapprove of today. Most of Bruce's works were scholarly, but he also wrote several popular works on the Bible. He viewed the New Testament writings as historically reliable and the truth claims of Christianity as hinging on their being so. To Bruce this did not mean that the Bible was always precise, or that this lack of precision could not lead to considerable confusion. He believed, however, that the passages that were still open to debate were ones that had no substantial bearing on Christian theology and thinking. Bruce was honored with two scholarly works by his colleagues and former students, one to mark his sixtieth and the other to mark his seventieth birthday. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and served as President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and also as President of the Society for New Testament Study. He is one of a handful of scholars thus recognized by his peers in both fields.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce was born in 1910 and died in 1990.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Biblicos
  2. Jesus Library
  3. Nelson's Compact
  4. Nelson's Super Value
  5. New International Commentary on the New Testament
  6. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP Numbered)
  7. Word Biblical Commentary
  8. Zondervan's Understand the Bible Reference

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Still the best introduction to the subject  May 22, 2010
This is the first book I recommend to people with questions about the historical reliability of the New Testament. Bruce devotes brief chapters to dating and attestation, to the formation of the canon, to textual criticism, and then to the Gospels, Paul, and Luke-Acts individually. He compares the New Testament documents to what we know of the first century from archaeology, classical history, ancient Jewish writing (including the Talmudim, Josephus, and the Dead Sea Scrolls), and the earliest Christian writers.

All together, he makes a compelling case for accepting the New Testament writings as historically reliable accounts written by eyewitnesses and published within living memory of the events they record. I especially enjoyed the chapter analysing Luke's evocation of different places and his precision with respect to the complex and tangled matter of Roman administrative titles. Bruce manages to get a surprising amount of detail into a relatively short book (124pp). Although it was originally published in 1943 and has not been significantly reworked since 1959, it holds up remarkably well.
Solid Scholarship  Mar 22, 2010
As most reviewers' have already commented on the scholarship attributes of the book, which I generally agree with, I will focus my comments on the publisher, Wilder Publications, LLC (2009). This is by far the poorest book I have ever tried to read in regard to the printing accuracy -- it is literally full of typeset errors. It is so bad in certain areas that it is difficult if not impossible to make sense of what is written. So if you desire to purchase this book, please try to get an older version from a different publisher, even if you have to buy it used. My rating of the book is out of respect for the author but in no way reflects my satisfaction with the publisher. I would not have bought the book if I had known the publishing was so poor.
New Testament Insight  Jan 31, 2010
This book provides a good insight into authors and receivers of the New Testament documents. How they were received and why some documents took longer to be perceived by the various churches to be authentic and canon. A worthy addition to your library and knowledge base.
Excellent scholarly work; atrocious published production  Jan 13, 2010

Bruce's work on New Testament reliability is concise, incisive, and persuasive. The content of this book is outstanding.

However, Wilder Publications 2009 printing of Bruce's classic work is absolutely appalling. I honestly cannot believe that a publisher sent this copy to press with the number of errors, misprints, spelling mistakes, etc. that are contained. I have not yet read a complete page that was error-free, and ALL of the errors I have come across so far would have been easily identifiable through the use of a proofreader. A couple of examples: page 10, talking about the timeline of Jesus' ministry, Bruce writes that Jesus' public ministry would have commenced in September or October, AD 27.1. The Wilder edition presents it as "September or October, AD a7.1". A few pages later, while discussing the closeness of the NT manuscript tradition to the time of Christ, Bruce compares it to other ancient writings. At the top of page 13, the Wilder edition presents Bruce as writing: "For Caesar's Gallic War (composed between 58 and 50 BC) there are several extant MSS, but only nine or ten are good, and the oldest is some goo years later than Caesar's day." I don't know how many years "goo" is, but I suspect that it is 800. There are a few regularly-recurring errors: the word "in" is presented as "m"; there are random quotation marks that do not belong; words run into one another without a space between them. Occasionally letters are missing from words (e.g. Matta an logia instead of Matthaean logia), and sometimes entire words are missing from sentences.

It appears that Wilder Publications ran an earlier edition of Bruce's work through a digital scanner, and sent the resulting copy directly to the printing press without ever running it by a proofreader. I tried to find an email address for Wilder Publications, or at least a phone number where I could relate my concerns, but came up empty. I will send them a letter to the post office box listed inside the book.

Basically, Bruce's work is excellent; I can't recommend it highly enough. But do NOT buy the 2009 Wilder Publications edition of it. My 4th-grader could have done a better job of proofing it.
once upon a time...  Jul 15, 2009
metzger usually goes with hort
but f.f.bruce loves textual criticism
i don't
i've gone deep into devotion
where connection with writer
does it
more than critical mumbo-jumbo but
in my case devotion counts

dean john william burgon
went to his grave
just for fighting the tide
of insanity
that started in europe
of marx-darwin-hort-hussein

as King James Bible says
there must be something to do
even where our Lord lives
for such-a-genius as you
and i surely
have some fun
putting to grave all wise guys
from nimrod to nestle-aland

at times some places
expressing views can be done
accepting authorized King James Bible
from Genesis
to Revelation of Jesus Christ
Creation and Virgin Birth to
our Saviour Jesus Christ

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