Chapter

The Historical Sources

Richard Swinburne

in The Resurrection of God Incarnate

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257461
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598616 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257469.003.0005
 The Historical Sources

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Most of St Paul's epistles are totally reliable historical sources. The synoptic gospels are basically historical works, though they do sometimes seek to make theological points (especially in the Infancy narratives) by adding details to the historical account. St John's Gospel is also basically reliable, at any rate on the later events of the story of Jesus, but it contains more ‘theologizing’ than the others.

Keywords: Bible; Gospels; St John's Gospel; St Paul; synoptic gospels; theology

Chapter.  6261 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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