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The Fathers on the Gospels (Video)

THE FATHERS ON THE GOSPELS

How did we get our four gospels? Why don’t we ask the scholars and church-leaders who lived within three hundred years of the actual events! Here is a run-down of the ancient, historic understanding of how the gospels were written.

For a written summary of Eusebius on the authoring of the Gospels, see here.

Please note that I am not saying that we simply accept Eusebius’ word on the subject, then consider the matter closed. My point is that we should bring these ancient sources to the table and consider them. These people are not uneducated or unintelligent, and they are living much closer to the events than we are. As C.S. Lewis says, it is pure “Chronological Snobbery” to believe that just because we are more recent, we are automatically smarter than these people!

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Eusebius of Caesarea. Church History. c. 330. Translated by Arthur Cushman McGiffert. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1890). Available for free on newadvent.org (click on “fathers,” or see here)

Evans, Craig A. Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels . Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008) (See review my here)

Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1923, reprint 2009. (buy here, or access for free electronically here)

Schweitzer, Albert. The Quest of the Historical Jesus. 1906. Edited by W. Montgomery. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2005.

Sheehan, Thomas. The Historical Jesus: How did Jesus of Nazareth, who never claimed to be Christ or divine, become the Son of God? Stanford, CA: Stanford University, 2006. (You may download Syllabus, and/or take class on iTunes U for free)

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