|Trusting the New Testament Hub Page|
Welcome to the hub page for the second Tekton Building Blocks series book, Trusting the New Testament which officially came out July 3, 2008. Here we'll provide descriptions of each chapter, plus whatever links are necessary for further discussion and news on each of these chapters. This will include links to discussion forum threads, answers to any attempts at rebuttal, and any new information about what is discussed in the chapters.
Some of these chapters are available for preview in issues of the Tekton E-Block. These will be noted.
Unless otherwise indicated, chapters are authored by James Patrick Holding.
Table of Contents
Section One: The Oral Transmission of the New Testament
Chapter 1: Thanks for the Memory -- An introduction to the medium or oral tradition, with examples from various cultures, and an answer to the question, "Isn't it just an extended game of telephone?"
Chapter 2: One at the Expense of the Other -- Addressing the claim that putting oral material down in writing destroys or distorts it. Available in December 2008 E-Block.
Chapter 3: This is the Way We Remember -- A discussion of memory-aiding devices and their specific use in the New Testament. Available in May/June 2009 E-Block.
Chapter 4: History by Word of Mouth -- Is oral transmission unsuitable for reporting history accurately, especially over time?
Chapter 5: Wouldn't Writing Have Been Better? -- On whether written transmission is superior to oral transmission when it comes to preserving information.
Chapter 6: Was Jesus Illiterate? Available in January/February 2009 E-Block.
Chapter 7: Holy Hearsay! by Charles Jake IV -- Examining the claim that oral transmission is just "hearsay," and a legal analysis of what hearsay actually is, and why it is not accepted in courts.
Chapter 8: Memorization and the Qur'an by Jonathan Kendall -- Discusses the example of how Muslims memorize their sacred text, as an analogy to how Christians would have done the same.
Section Two: The Textual Transmission of the New Testament
Chapter 9: The Embarrassment of Riches -- How the New Testament stacks up in terms of textual evidence compared to other ancient documents. Available in March/April 2009 E-Block.
Chapter 10: Apparitional Interpolations -- On arguments (apart from textual evidence) that the NT text has been tampered with; specific focus on claims by Robert M. Price concerning the 1 Cor. 15 creed.
Chapter 11: Inerrancy and Human Ignorance -- Why did God not preserve copies of the NT inerrantly?
Chapter 12: Copyist Errors and Common-Sense Conjectural Emendations -- On arguments (apart from textual evidence) that the NT text has been accidentally changed in the process of copying.
Chapter 13: The World According to Bart -- On Bart Ehrman's arguments about the textual reliability of the NT.
Section Three: The Authorship of the New Testament
Chapter 14: Knowing Who Wrote What -- How authorship is determined for ancient documents, and how the NT documents measure up.
Chapter 15: The Authorship of Matthew
Chapter 16: The Authorship of Mark
Chapter 17: The Authorship of Luke-Acts
Chapter 18: The Authorship of John
Chapter 19: The Undisputed (Within Reason) Paulines -- A brief consideration of six letters of Paul whose authorship is undisputed by the vast majority of scholars - Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon -- followed by analysis of arguments by a scholar on the fringe who does deny the Pauline authorship of one of them.
Chapter 20: The Authorship of Ephesians
Chapter 21: The Authorship of Colossians
Chapter 22: The Authorship of 2 Thessalonians
Chapter 23: The Authorship of the Pastorals
Chapter 24: The Authorship of Hebrews -- Hebrews is truly anonymous - but can we make some reasonable guesses? Available in July 2009 E-Block.
Chapter 25: The Authorship of James
Chapter 26: The Authorship of 1 Peter
Chapter 27: The Authorship of 2 Peter
Chapter 28: The Authorship of 1 John
Chapter 29: The Authorship of 2 and 3 John
Chapter 30: The Authorship of Jude
Chapter 31: The Authorship of Revelation
Section Four: The Canon of the New Testament
Chapter 32: The Formation of the New Testament Canon
Chapter 33: The Gospel of Thomas
Chapter 34: The Gospel of Judas
Chapter 35: Books with Their Pictures on Milk Cartons
Chapter 36: Constantine, the Canon, and the Council of Nicaea
Bart Ehrman's book Forged is all about NT authorship issues. How does he fare? Our evaluation.
Here, we'll note reviews of the book, and link to reviews of books concerned with the NT reliability/authorship.
Jason Engwer of Triablogue offers this positive review here:
I recently finished reading the second book in J.P. Holding's Tekton Building Blocks series, Trusting The New Testament (United States: Xulon Press, 2009). I highly recommend it.
Jason's article on hostile corroboration may be found here and we highly recommend it. He also sent these notes.
P. 61 refers to Boston as John F. Kennedy's birthplace. I don't know much about Kennedy's background, but my understanding is that he was born in Brookline. Maybe Brookline was associated with Boston in some way at the time. I don't know.
This came from a quote of Kirk and Thatcher. From what I can see on maps, Brookline is a suburb of Boston. Of course, theorists like Dennis MacDonald and Acharya S are not adverse to saying "close enough" for matches that aren't quite matches anyway!
On p. 177, n. 8 attributes a quote to Origen in his first homily on Luke, but that passage isn't there in my copy of his homilies. You may want to check your source.
The book New Testament Apocrypha: Gospels and Related Writings by Wilhelm Schneemelcher and Robert McLachlan Wilson indicates that this does appear in Greek fragments of the Homily though not in the Latin version.
On p. 219, you mention that there's one source who attributes Hebrews to Barnabas. But, in addition to Tertullian, Jerome comments that "many" attributed Hebrews to Barnabas (Bruce Metzger, The Canon Of The New Testament [New York: Oxford University Press, 1997], p. 236). Donald Guthrie cites some other sources of the patristic era, later than Tertullian, who also state or suggest that the letter was written by Barnabas. I can't give you a page number, since I have Guthrie's New Testament introduction in a CD format without page numbers.
We appreciate the additional information!
The passage attributed to Origen on p. 244 and n. 4 on p. 246 is from Tertullian.
This is correct. I am uncertain how the attribution was made to Origen, but since I did get the title of the work correct (Prescription Against Heretics) it was undoubtedly an editing error of some sort on my part.
Bibliography of resources for interpretation of the New Testament
Bibliography of resources for the history of the canon of the New Testament
Bibliography of resources for historicity of the New Testament