Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Who Wrote the Gospels? Audio and Video by Tim McGrew

Who wrote the Gospels? Are there good reasons to attribute their authorship to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? In this talk, Dr. Timothy McGrew lays out the case for the traditional authorship of the Gospels, while countering Bart Ehrman's claims that the Gospels are forgeries. This is one hour of content followed by twenty minutes of Q&A. PowerPoint file is here. Notes here! Visit the Library of Historical Apologetics.

Full MP3 Audio here. (1hr 45min)
Video on YouTube here.


SilentK said...

this is great! Thanks for sharing. It's too true that students come out of our churches and into the world with no ammunition against people trying to poke holes in their faith.

dgfisch said...

I appreciated McGrew's study of the apostolic fathers from Tertullian back to Papias to demonstrate that there was a consistent acceptance of an authorship by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and then bolstered it with a study of the expansive use of the Apostles in the letters of Ignatius, Polycarp, Clement. His three strikes analogy of Ehrman's scholarship reminds me of one more analogy.

How often I umpired at second base during softball/baseball season, standing six feet away from the action and called an out. Yet some fan in the stands clearly 60, 80. maybe 100 feet away screaming at me at how wrong my call was! Well, I figured it was some parent standing up for their kid whom I called out. In the same way, we have the evidence of impartial Christian fathers who basically agree on the authors (backed up by heretics and atheists like Celsus who consistently dissed the teachings of the Apostles from the Four Gospels). They were close to the facts. Still, the hypothetical positions of the eighteenth century Bible critics are rewarmed by Ehrman and passed along as the latest discoveries.

It was gratifying to learn that early skeptics as Faustus were answered ably by the likes of Augustine. Origen took Celsus to task for his transparent misunderstandings of the Gospel. I guess times don't change, but McGrew shows what the rationale is for holding to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Brian said...

The notes are now available for download as well. See new link in the post.

Anonymous said...

A technical note: the file is 1hr 23min, not 1hr 45min.

Alan Cossey said...

I'm having a discussion with someone who has pointed out that Bart Ehrman doesn't claim the four canonical gospels are forgeries, but rather that we don't know who the authors are and that they have been falsely/incorrectly attributed to the traditional authors. Does Ehrman actually claim the gospels are forgeries? If he doesn't, may I urge you to correct the false impression you give in your introduction. If, however, Ehrman does say somewhere that they are forgeries, then would you please let us know where. Thanks.

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