Peter J Williams — Can We Trust The Gospels: Book review

Book review by John Bianchina

As Christians, we sometimes meet people who don’t understand the love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus. Unfortunately, most of them have never read the Bible, yet they may have questions around the validity of the birth, works, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Can We Trust The Gospels looks at various witness accounts of Jesus. They include Roman historians, who accurately recorded Roman history and wrote about this “man” Jesus and about early Christians. This witness, confirmation and historical record to the existence of Jesus by historians, is of vital importance — especially because the writers were non-Christians.

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New Testament scholar Peter J Williams considers the speech patterns, the culture and the geographical knowledge of the Gospel writers. His observations validate that the first four books of the New Testament were written by people who knew Jesus intimately.

The author, who co-edited Tyndale House’s The Greek New Testament over a period of 10 years with Cambridge University colleague Dr Dirk Jongkind, draws on his research to verify the reliability of the translation of the Gospels from the original Greek.

This book is recommended for truth-seekers who desire concrete proof that Jesus was real — and for the Christian who wants historical information to back his apologetics quest.

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