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The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? [Paperback]

By Frederick Fyvie Bruce (Author) & N. T. Wright (Foreword by)
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This modern classic in the field of New Testament studies offers a compelling defense of biblical truth. One of evangelicalism's most trusted scholars, F. F. Bruce clearly presents the evidence for the historical trustworthiness of the Christian Scriptures. This new larger format features a new cover design and is completely retypeset.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   135
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 2, 2003
Edition  Large Type  
ISBN  0802822193  
ISBN13  9780802822192  

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Frederick Fyvie Bruce Frederick Fyvie Bruce (F.F. Bruce) (12 October 1910 – 11 September 1990) was a Biblical scholar and one of the founders of the modern evangelical understanding of the Bible. His first book, New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (1943), was voted by the American evangelical periodical Christianity Today in 2006 as one of the top 50 books "which had shaped evangelicals".

Bruce was born in Elgin, Moray, in Scotland and educated at the University of Aberdeen, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the University of Vienna. After teaching Greek for several years, first at the University of Edinburgh and then at the University of Leeds, he became head of the Department of Biblical History and Literature at the University of Sheffield in 1947. Aberdeen University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him in 1957. In 1959 he moved to the University of Manchester where he became Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis. In his career he wrote over 40 books and served as editor of The Evangelical Quarterly and the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. He retired from teaching in 1978.

Bruce was a distinguished scholar on the life and ministry of Paul the Apostle and wrote several studies, the best known of which is Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit (published in the United States as Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free). He also wrote commentaries on several biblical books including Romans, Acts of the Apostles, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, the Gospel and Epistles of John, and the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Bruce was in Christian fellowship at various places during his life, though his primary commitment was to the Open Brethren among whom he grew up. He enjoyed the fellowship and acceptance of this group, though he was very much a maverick in relation to his own personal beliefs. He never accepted the dispensationalism and pretribulationism usually associated with the Brethren, and he was also an advocate of the public ministry of women – something that Plymouth Brethren would still disapprove of today. Most of Bruce's works were scholarly, but he also wrote several popular works on the Bible. He viewed the New Testament writings as historically reliable and the truth claims of Christianity as hinging on their being so. To Bruce this did not mean that the Bible was always precise, or that this lack of precision could not lead to considerable confusion. He believed, however, that the passages that were still open to debate were ones that had no substantial bearing on Christian theology and thinking. Bruce was honored with two scholarly works by his colleagues and former students, one to mark his sixtieth and the other to mark his seventieth birthday. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and served as President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and also as President of the Society for New Testament Study. He is one of a handful of scholars thus recognized by his peers in both fields.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce was born in 1910 and died in 1990.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Biblicos
  2. Hard Sayings Series the Hard Sayings
  3. Jesus Library
  4. Nelson's Compact
  5. Nelson's Super Value
  6. New International Commentary on the New Testament
  7. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP Numbered)
  8. Word Biblical Commentary
  9. Zondervan's Understand the Bible Reference

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Excellent resource!  Mar 18, 2007
This is an excellent resource on the historical reliability of the New Testament. It provides convincing evidence for the trustworthiness of the New Testament. Highly recommended!
Reliable Mr. Bruce  Jan 23, 2007
F.F. Bruce helps to strengthen our faith in Christ and the Scriptures. This little book will help the reader understand how the N.T. came together and why we can trust that it is the word of God.

Bruce reveals that the N.T. can stand up under any scrutiny and only be found as historically reliable. He says, "Some writers may toy with the fancy of a 'Christ-myth,' but they do not do so on the ground of historical evidence."

I recommend this book to anyone wanting a basic understanding of the formation and reliability of the New Testament... as well as becoming familiar with first-second century Roman and Jewish historians that affirm people, places, and events in the N.T.

For more of a lengthy and indepth expose concerning the reliability of the Scriptures... I recommend "The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict" by Josh McDowell (1999). You will find a thorough bibliography at the end of McDowell's book that will assist you in further study.
A great place to start!  Jun 26, 2006
There are many books out there that try to demonstrate the reliability of the New Testement writtings. This is the best one I've read so far.

Bruce writes in a way that is detailed enough to point you towards an informed conclusion, but that does not vear off into too many unnecessary side issues. From the very start he is forthcoming with his own Christian position, but is willing to honestly look at objections that could contradict his own conclusions.

In a day when fact seems to have very little bearing on peoples beliefs, I think that this book is essential reading
Excellent, low-key scholarly comparison of NT with other documents  Jun 15, 2006
F.F. Bruce was a renowned Greek scholar and examines the New Testament using the same criteria as one would apply to other books of antiquity. The result is a low-key, irenic and very convincing demonstration that it is quite tenable and logical to regard the New Testament as a fundamentally historical document. This is an excellent apologic text to give to a thoughtful non-Christian.
With all the hype and hysteria currently surrounding "The DaVinci Code", it's good to hear from a true academic whose life's work has been focused around the New Testament and the documents that were incorporated into the canon we cherish today as inspired.

F.F. Bruce is a highly respected New Testament scholar who wrote this very short text in 1943. It has been updated several times and is in its sixth edition. It remains a classic work and is used in numerous seminaries and bible schools. It succinctly debunks the "issues" that some claim surround the reliability and authenticity of the text. The truths it presents show, without a doubt, that the New Testament text we hold is, "all but identical" to the text that was written by the apostles and first century writers. It is WELL WORTH the read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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