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Is John's Gospel Late & Unreliable?

Is John's Gospel Late & Unreliable?

Episode 51 • Featuring Daniel Wallace

May scholars over the past century have claimed that John’s Gospel is the least historically reliable since it was written in the late first century. Essentially, they’ve argued that this text tells us more about the beliefs of the church in that period than it does about the historical Jesus. On this episode, Shane talks with New Testament scholar Daniel Wallace about evidence that points to a much earlier date, along with other matters related to the historical reliability and faithful transmission of the Fourth Gospel. Note: A few clips of this interview were featured on episode 16, but here we’re presenting the entire conversation.


Recommended Books
Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament, Daniel Wallace
Redating the New Testament, John A.T. Robinson
The Priority of John, John A.T. Robinson
Rethinking the Dates of the New Testament, Jonathan Bernier
Redating Matthew, Mark & Luke, John Wenham
NICNT Commentary on The Gospel of John (1995), Leon Morris
Concordia Commentary: John 1:1-7:1, William Weinrich
Can We Trust The Gospels? Peter J. Williams
The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, Richard Bauckham
Jesus & The Eyewitnesses, Richard Bauckham
Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, Daniel Wallace

Recommended Articles
John 5:2 & The Date of The Fourth Gospel, Daniel Wallace
John 5:2 (Part 2) & John 5:2 (Part 3), Daniel Wallace
The Gospel of John: An Introduction, Daniel Wallace
John 5:2 “There is in Jerusalem…”, Shane Rosenthal & others
Authenticating The Fourth Gospel, Shane Rosenthal
Water Into Wine? Shane Rosenthal
The Identity of the Beloved Disciple, Shane Rosenthal
Outside The Gospels, What Can We Know About Jesus? Shane Rosenthal
Can We Trust Luke’s History of the Early Jesus Movement? Shane Rosenthal
Simon of Cyrene: An Intriguing Archaeological Discovery, Shane Rosenthal
The Authenticity & Genuineness of the Fourth Gospel, J.B. Lightfoot

Other Related Resources
Has the Bible Been Miscopied or Mistranslated? Daniel Wallace, WHI #1377
Which John Wrote John? Humble Skeptic #50
Questioning The Fourth Gospel, Humble Skeptic #49
The Gospels As Eyewitness Testimony, Humble Skeptic #48
The Jesus of History, Humble Skeptic #12
New Evidence for the Gospels, Peter J. Williams (video)
Are the Gospels Reliable? Peter J. Williams & Bart Ehrman (video)
An Interview with D.A. Carson, WHI #1456
The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel, Craig Blomberg, WHI #1462

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Shane Rosenthal was raised in a Jewish home but became an atheist at a very early age. Some years later, however, he ended up losing faith in atheism and converted to Christianity. On this podcast, he talks with people from a wide variety of worldviews and perspectives in order to explore the beliefs and ideas that shape our lives.