Craig Evans and the Gospel of John

Discussion in 'The Gospels & Acts' started by yeutter, Oct 1, 2017.

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  1. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

    In the past many people on Puritan Board have spoken well of Craig Evans.
    Recently Craig Evans and Bart Ehrman were on a panel together. Evans made some very disturbing statements about the Gospel of John.
     
  2. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    Wow! And to think I alway thought that the Gospel of John was the Word of God. What a fool I have been.
     
  3. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

    Mike Licona has sort of rushed to his defense. He has also waffled on such things. I have been following on Triablogue.
    It seems it is just another way to be acceptable to the 'academy.'
     
  4. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

    Thanks for reminding me about Licona. In Feb. 2014, Mike Licona posted a YouTube video in which he said and I quote, "Even if their were actual contradictions in the Gospels it wouldn't make a big difference in terms of the truth of Christianity." Licona then goes on to try to explain how compositional devices in the New Testament are akin to compositional devices used by Plutarch and are not the same kind of literal history we have today. He is wrong with regard to both Plutarch and the New Testament.

    Both Licona and Evans have clearly departed from a Biblical understanding of the character of the Gospels
     
  5. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

  6. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

    I have seen all of her stuff on the issue. I am partially sympathetic to the concerns of Licona in his new book. Yet, the more I think about it even modern biographies differ just as much as ancient ones and so it becomes a no brainer that each would discuss what they feel is necessary even if they are intimately acquainted with prior ones. Unlike him I believe harmonization is quite doable. Heck if it wasn't why are people closer to the time period, who speak Greek and read Plutarch doing it?
     
  7. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

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  8. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    This entire reasoning to me smacks of those who want to have the Bible inspired and inerrant just enough to be right on certain big issues, but Ok when it has some little errors in it. A way to accommodate some textual critics criticisms on what the scriptures actually state.
     
  9. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    They seem to deny inerrancy, and each have problems with the scriptures being the infallible witness of God to us.
     
  10. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    He seems to be buying some of the junk Bart was selling regarding how accurate and truthful the scriptures really are to us.
     
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