In episode 7 we ask Dr Peter Williams, author and academic from Cambridge, can we really trust the Gospels in the Bible? And how do the gospels - considered our best evidence for the existence of Jesus - stack up against the evidence for other historical figures of the day?
Links related to this episode:
- Get Dr Peter Williams' book Can We Trust the Gospels? here.
- Check out the full Twitter thread of Peter's satirical attempt to discredit Emperor Tiberius.
- Watch more of the interview John conducted with Professor Richard Bauckham for The Christ Files documentary in 2008.
- Dig into Tacitus' Annals here. Tacitus was a Roman aristocrat and government official writing about 80 years after Tiberius. His Annals of imperial Rome are universally regarded as the best historical source for the period.
- Find out more about the works of Suetonius, a Roman biographer writing shortly after Tacitus.
- Learn more about Cassius Dio. And the "Tiberius fan boy" Velleius Paterculus
- Want more on Pliny the Elder? Here's some background.
- Watch a 2013 lecture Dr Peter Williams gave at The Veritas Forum at the University of North Carolina - Bible: Fact or Fiction?
- For more on undesigned coincidences, Lydia McGrew has written Hidden in plain view - Undesigned coincidences in the Gospels and Acts
- Catch up on our very first episode, Old Papers which helps answer the question of how we can be confident that what we read in the Bible today is what was originally written.
- Learn more about Erasmus, who worked on a really important copy of the Green New Testament in 1516. This article is all about 500 Years of Erasmus' New Testament, from our friends at the University of Michigan.
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Every week on Undeceptions we’ll explore some aspect of life, faith, history, culture, or ethics that is either much misunderstood or mostly forgotten. With the help of people who know what they’re talking about, we’ll be trying to ‘undeceive ourselves’ and let the truth ‘out’.