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By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, The Stream, December 7, 2022

Father Dwight Longenecker is the author of The Mystery of the Magi and The Secret of the Bethlehem Shepherds. Visit his blog, browse his books and be in touch at

For a long time a certain breed of Biblical scholars have spent most of their time and effort trying to disprove the historical reliability of the New Testament. I’ve always found it strange that Europeans living in another continent and culture 2,000 years after the events would know better than writers from the same culture and roughly the same time. This would be like someone from China in the year 3050 commenting on the accuracy of the Bayeux tapestry, which records the Norman conquest of England.

One of the modernist Biblical scholars’ favorite critiques is to observe that the writers of the New Testament were unduly influenced by their own theology, their agenda and the surrounding Greek and Roman culture. In making this charge they assume that their own interpretation of the Scriptures is not influenced by their theology, their agenda and the surrounding contemporary culture. …

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