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(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)


So far, we have placed the emphasis on the relationship of the Biblical accounts of historical episodes to those recorded in secular history, rather than on whether the narrative material in the Bible that cannot be cross-checked can properly be called history.

  1. A point that may fairly be made, however, is that if we are unconvinced of the accuracy of a particular Biblical Book when we have the opportunity to check it, we have no good reason to trust it when we do not enjoy this luxury.
  2. Another point that we have noted is that we may expect variability in reliability, so errors in (say) one Biblical book do not imply a similar state of affairs elsewhere, nor may we expect excellences to be uniform. In particular, we may not use the presumed excellences in one area to bolster up others.




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