Can I Trust What The Bible Says About Jesus

Oral Tradition in the New Testament – Can I Trust What the Bible Says About Jesus?

Can I really trust the Bible? That’s a question some Christian might ask when they first discover that the Gospel accounts of Jesus were initially transmitted from person to person over time. Isn’t oral tradition basically like the telephone game?

In this interview with Simon Smart at the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney, Dr. Darrell Bock explains that a proper understanding of oral tradition gives us good reason to trust that the Jesus tradition was accurately preserved in Scripture.

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For more information on Biblical criticism and a conservative response, see our podcast discussion on the Historical Adam.

About the Contributors

Mikel Del Rosario

Mikel Del Rosario (ThM, 2016; PhD, 2022) is a Professor of Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute. While at DTS, he served as project manager for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center, producing and hosting The Table podcast. You can find him online at, the Apologetics Guy YouTube channel, and The Apologetics Guy Show podcast.