The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, By F. F. Bruce

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?

Sixth Edition

by F. F. Bruce
Foreword by N. T. Wright

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
  • Length: 135 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: April 17, 2003
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2736
  • ISBN: 9780830827367

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  • In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals.

In this modern classic in the field of New Testament studies, F. F. Bruce, one of evangelicalism's most respected scholars, makes a clear case for the historical trustworthiness of the Christian Scriptures.

Are the New Testament documents reliable?

Drawing on evidence from the documents themselves, as well as from sources outside the New Testament, Bruce demonstrates that they are.

In concise, clearly written chapters, Bruce explores the canon and dating of the New Testament, the nature of the Gospels (including a look at miracles), the life and writings of Paul, and archaeological and literary sources of the New Testament period. The result is an expert, convincing and thoroughly engaging affirmation of the New Testament.

"Bruce was a tower of strength in the worlds of scholarship and faith, and in particular to those who, like him, were and are determined not to separate the two. . . . We should be profoundly thankful."

N. T. Wright, author of Jesus and the Victory of God (from the foreword)

"F. F. Bruce's little book, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? is a great read. . . . He has written a remarkable piece of work here."

Kindred Spirit, Spring/Summer 2014

"Yes, they are. And it took F. F. Bruce only 120 tiny pages to show it."

Christianity Today, October 2006

"The New Testament Documents ranks as one of the most quoted apologia for the Bible."

Christian Bookseller

"This is a treasury of useful material. . . . There is clearly a need for such a handbook."

Church Times


Foreword by N. T. Wright
Preface to the Sixth Edition
Preface to the Fifth Edition
1. Does It Matter?
2. The New Testament Documents: Their Date and Attestation
3. The Canon of the New Testament
4. The Gospels
5. The Gospel Miracles
6. The Importance of Paul's Evidence
7. The Writings of Luke
8. More Archaeological Evidence
9. The Evidence of Early Jewish Writings
10. The Evidence of Early Gentile Writers
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Scripture References


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F. F. Bruce

F. F. Bruce (1910–1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty bestselling commentaries and books, including A Mind for What Matters and Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free. He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.