The first in a new series entitled The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible, this volume present penetrating analyses of the Gospels and Acts through the lens of apologetics.
A periscope based commentary-a commentary that highlights the most relevant components of sections of Scripture rather than individual verses-commentaries in this series equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historical evangelical understanding of the Bible's teachings. It is designed for use by all readers, though pastors and scholars will find it an immensely helpful resource as well. Moreover, as a commentary series created under the rubric of 'apologetics' it addresses those difficult passages that believers and non-believers find pressing and most problematic.
The Four Gospels and the book of Acts tell the story of Jesus' life and the birth of Christianity. Are these stories true history or just religious fiction? Christians accept the stories as true and say that the entire Bible is a reliable communication inspired by God. Against this, non-Christians have argued that the Bible is a book of legends, myths, and historical inaccuracies-just another example of human religious endeavor. In this new volume, four world-class New Testament scholars address challenges to the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. In order to identify the most important challenges, the authors drew from the literature of skeptics and New Testament critics, plus they included questions that many Christians ask as well. The result is the most comprehensive defense of the Gospels and Acts in recent memory.
Strong focus on most controversial/difficult individual verses
Through outline of the major issues, challenges, and obstacles right from the beginning
Solid representations of critical, skeptical, and opposing points-biblically and historically grounded responses