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.
For more information on Biblical criticism and a conservative response, see our podcast discussion on the Historical Adam.
About the Contributors
Mikel Del Rosario is a PhD student in New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Project Manager for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center, and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics and World Religion at William Jessup University. Mikel co-authors The Table Briefing articles in Bibliotheca Sacra with Darrell Bock, manages the Table Podcast, and helps Christians defend the faith with courage and compassion through his apologetics speaking ministry. He holds a Master of Theology (ThM) from DTS and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.