Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nonfiction Review: Why Trust the Bible by Greg Gilbert

In "Why Trust the Bible," author Greg Gilbert treats the New Testament as a collection of historical documents with the aim of proving the strong probability of their authenticity. I have read several books with similar topics, and Gilbert includes a list of such books for further research. That is because his own book does not really offer anything new. It does, however, package it in a fairly pleasant read. Gilbert's writing style and use of personable stories give a somewhat fresh perspective. I did find a few original points. For example, Gilbert points out that 45-75 years between the original events and the books is not that long of a gap considering people at that time kept one book for hundreds of years. He also considers the various early writings that indicate four gospels were accepted at a very early date. To recap the overall layout of the book, however, Gilbert covers questions like whether the Bible is just a copy of multiple copies, whether miracles are possible, and what the authors' intents were. He also includes a chapter on the implications his conclusions have for the resurrection.

*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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