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Overview How would the Gospels be regarded if they were submitted as evidence in a court of law? This fascinating question forms the basis for Simon Greenleaf's classic study of the rules of legal evidence as applied to the New Testament accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus. A time-honored work in substaining the relevance and reliability of the Gospel records, The Testimony Of The Evangelists has been rediscovered by succeeding generations as an effective apologetics tool for a skeptically-minded culture.
Publishers Description This time-honored work includes an examination of the legal procedures in the trial of Jesus.
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Studio: Kregel Classics
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.47" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.28" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1995
Publisher Kregel Classics
ISBN 0825427479 ISBN13 9780825427473
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More About Simon Greenleaf
Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853) was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and began the practice of law in Portland, Maine. Serving as professor of law at Harvard University from 1833-48, he was instrumental in organizing the university's law program. His three-volume work, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence, in considered a classic of American jurisprudence and forms the basis for his study of the Gospels.
Simon Greenleaf was born in 1783 and died in 1853.
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Up to you to examine the evidence very carefully... Apr 3, 2008
This book is, of course, a masterpiece by one of the most respected jurists of all time. He makes his case for the evidence and the testimonies Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, and Paul with great care and objectivity. This book, along with EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT, should be read by every skeptic and every honest inquirer. And just what is at stake? ... the redemption of the human soul, ... and the veracity of Christianity and the culmination of 4000 + years of Jewish revelation regarding GOD's redemptive work on the part of humanity fallen deep into darkness and death. - and THAT is EXACTLY what is at stake. One quick note: remember and never forget that the men who testified regarding the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus *were devout Jews* who abhorred the very idea of bearing false testimony, *knowing* that such a thing is a direct violation of GOD's commandment. - it is almost unthinkable that they would conspire together to deliberately bear false testimony. And they *clearly* and unmistakably declared THAT THEY SAW JESUS ALIVE after His death and resurrection. btw: there is another excellent book called, "MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS." I recommend that one also. blessings to those *who honestly* seek after Truthe, ... for they shall find Him. Pastor Len Hummel, Clearlight Ministries, Intl.
standards for human testimony? Mar 1, 2005
It always struck me as odd that anyone would accept what are clear contradictions in the gospels regarding the events surrounding the alleged resurrection as proof that the events really happened--that this is evidence of a story not contrived and agreed upon afterwards but indicative of the various subjective perspectives each writer brought. Aside from the fact that the various accounts are too different to be attributed to this prior notion, Christians have a bigger problem; for they believe that the bible is the word of God and is authored not by man but God. As such, there is no room for contradiction or the hoped-for subjective perspective. In a nutshell, the standards for human testimony can simply not be applied to an alleged "inerrant word of God." I give this book two stars instead of one because it has value to the "Josh McDowell" type Christians who think they can intellectualize their sky-daddy myth into credibility. With this book on their bookshelf, they'll sleep easier at night. Two stars for being a myth-keeper!
More -- And Less -- Than Advertised May 20, 2004
This volume isn't exactly what one would expect from the title on the cover. The book is not an extended analysis of the Gospels, but a collection of essays, only one of which (Greenleaf's "Examination of the Testimony of the Evangelists") makes any attempt at rigorous analysis of the Gospels. Greenleaf adds a second essay on "An Account of the Trial of Jesus," and this slim volume is rounded out by "The Jewish Account of the Trial of Jesus" by Joseph Salvador, "The Trial of Jesus before Caiaphas and Pilate" by M. Dupin, and "The Various Versions of the Bible" by Constantine Tischendorf.
A Testimony Of The Testimony May 20, 2003
This is an excellent book for all types of people, Christians and non-Christian alike. It is especially good for those who believe they are the intellectual type. I work in the legal field, and so I found this book to be a clincher for even the most hard hearted skeptics. If they would just set their bias aside and truly absorb what this author is saying, there won't be any doubt that the evidence of the Evangelist is reliable.
This is a book I challenge my friends and coworkers to read because we deal with evidence people submit daily, seeking a benefit through this government agency. We are legally bound to recognize all applicants are "prima facie" eligible until proven otherwise through testimony and evidence. And so, we are trained to recognize what makes good evidence and what makes bad evidence. The Gospels are good evidence, unimpeachable.
I have actually gone back and purchased additional copies of this book so that I can give them out to people who need to hear it from a legal scholar with impeccable credentials. It's a very easy book to read. It can be digested in a matter of two or three hours, and its inexpensive as well, costing less than ten bucks.
Simon Greenleaf lays everything out so well, it is truly easy to follow his logic. If you are a skeptic about the Bible, doubting its authenticity, this book will explain to you why you should accept the Gospel accounts as fact, because their testimony is clear. Jesus is God incarnate as the Gospels attest. If you read this book, then this knowledge about Jesus is now in your head, and I pray that God the Holy Spirit will place it in your heart.
Lies briefly rebuked Nov 23, 2002
The fact that the resurrection stories are claimed to contradict each other may seem so to someone who does not take the time to actually look at the evidence. One needs to not only look at the Biblical text and find that they are simply subtly different, as one would find in any group relaying a similar story. We also have to look at the culture of the time and other historical works - that are purely works of historians. Authors such as Josephus and a few other historians from the time period and the surronding regions. When one fully looks at the evidence, Biblical, historical, archaeological, scientific, and philosophical this book is greatly upheld.