Responding to skeptics of the Biblical records.
1. They were biased.
While some die because of a cause, the early Christian martyrs died defending an event.
2. They contain miracles.
Nearly every contemporary Greco-Roman bio includes miracles too.
3. Time of writing.
Earliest recorded source for Alexander the Great?
–300 years after his death
Earliest recorded source for Tiberias Caesar?
–One unreliable contemporary
Best recorded source?
–80 years after his death (Tacitus)
Earliest recorded source for Jesus Christ?
–Paul, Gospel of Mark (45 - 60 AD)
–Suetonius (41-54 AD), Thallus (52 AD), Tacitus (56-120 AD),
Mara Bar-Serapion (70 AD)
4. They have been altered
Second tier officers (Ignatius, Polycarp, and Clement) who learned from John and Paul confirm the teaching found in the Gospels.
5. Personal implications
While both Biblical and Non-Biblical sources attest to certain facts, the Bible alone tells us why those facts are so important.