Can we take what we read in the New Testament as a true account of events?
Did Jesus really exist? Or is the Jesus we read about in the New Testament a figment of the imagination?
What do non-Christian writers of the 1st century have to say about Jesus?
Were the New Testament writers eyewitnesses?
Have the original writings been doctored over the years - or can we still trust their accuracy?
Paul Barnett (Bishop of North Sydney 1990-2001) answers these and other questions in his very readable book, "Is the New Testament History?".
However, if you'd like to hear Paul in person he'll be speaking on this very subject this Sunday afternoon, 21st September, at St Mark's Darling Point (5.30pm - 6.30pm), as part of our 2008 Spring School.
He's a superb teacher and communicator, responsible for my own exciting introduction to Israel as a member of his 1995 Biblelands tour, and I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say this Sunday, confident that it will be a really helpful background for our trip.
Boak has several copies of "Is the New Testament History?" if you'd like to borrow one, or you can purchase your own this Sunday at the Spring School.