Continuing with a more in depth review of the DVD series – Towards Belief. This week looking at the Bible:

• It is not one book but a collection of books, written over a long period of time and written within cultures
• The literary genres cover ancient biographies, histories, poems, letters, creation narratives and apocalypse literature (wild symbolism)
• It is both a religious and a historical document
• The high number of manuscript copies is tremendous protection against fraud
• Gospels rely heavily on eye witnesses and follow typical pattern of other ancient biographies – they read like real history.
• Gospels were written close to the time when Jesus lived
• Contradictions are often different accounts of the same event
• Source outside the Bible contain evidence and mention other Biblical characters which validates the Bible