Click the following link to download the PDF of the notes: Notes for David, Part 2
I did this series as a start to the podcast and as a foundation for the Bible 805. In it, we look at how we determine truth in a world where the term no longer has a firm foundation. But truth is essential for us to know how to live today and for our eternal future.
I believe the Christian Bible is a source of truth, but I didn’t want you to believe that just because it’s my opinion. Based on the results of many years of spiritual study and searching, I’m sharing what I learned. I’m not a professional theologian or historian (though I’ve had graduate training and studied widely in both areas), but a fellow traveler and pilgrim, a writer and teacher for Jesus who wants to share what I think are some exciting realities about why we can trust the Bible.
I also wanted to give you this background before we start the year’s study of reading through the Bible in Chronological order. It isn’t essential that you listen to these before we start, but I do recommend it (if not before, at some time) because I think when you see how the Bible is based on objective truth, verified by secular history, you’ll be motivated to read the whole book.Continue Reading
For purposes of our time and study, we will focus primarily on what these documents tell us about Jesus—we don’t have time to do more and honestly, if what they tell us about Jesus can’t be trusted, the rest really doesn’t matter.
To do that we will first establish the historical reliability of New Testament documents, then we’ll look at New Testament non-canonical writings, particularly the Gnostic “gospels.” These documents are much more dangerous than OT Apocrypha which was not inspired scripture, but still talked about the same God—these documents present a distorted image of the Jesus of history, far from the real Jesus who is the only Savior. Below the podcast is a copy of the PowerPoint slides of the presentation.
Are they historically reliable? Why aren’t they in all Bibles?
Today we’ll answer those questions in: Truth and History, Lesson Five: The Apocrypha: Overview and Historical Anchors (or in this case, lack thereof)
In our last lesson we looked at how the Old Testament is tied to real history and real geography.
This week we’ll look at the Apocrypha to see if it meets the same tests. We’ll look at what it is and how it came about.
As you’ll see it’s part of a bigger story that includes a history of the Septuagint—more than a scholarly term, this was the Bible of Jesus and Paul—a Greek translation of the Old Testament that was translated about the same time as the Apocrypha. But we can’t confuse the two because the Septuagint is a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek and the books of the Apocrypha are not considered divinely inspired because the reasons we cover in the podcast.
Following are some slides that may help explain some of harder to understand terms in the podcast.
After listening to our last podcast on the historical uniqueness of the Christian Bible….you may be thinking….. BIG CLAIMS there, but can you prove your theory?
Does secular history REALLY anchor the stories in the Bible in real history?
Not only does secular history anchor the stories in real history, but we have many exciting examples to share as I answer those questions today with Lesson #4: Old Testament: Overview and Historical Anchors
Following are some of the images I talked about in the podcast: