Can I trust the Bible? – Some suggested reading

This Sunday, we are going to be exploring the question “Can I trust the Bible -Isn’t it just a load of made up stories.

During the talk, we’ll give people the opportunity to feed in their own supplementary questions. I’ll give a short response to any questions during the Q&A part after the talk and as with our last “Big Question” we’ll try and include some written answers on too.

We will also include a few additional case-studies here helping us to explore the question in a bit more detail.

These include:

  1. The book of Daniel -when was it written and does it actually prophesy fture events?
  2. Jesus’s prediction of AD 70 and the fall of Jerusalem
  3. How our presuppositions affect our view of the evidence.

One of the key questions that underpins this issue is whether or not what the bible says aligns with what historians know and what archaeologists have discovered. To this end it’s worth mentioning a couple of other resources.

First of all, we included some examples of archaeological evidence for the reliability of the Bible in this article:

Secondly, a detailed survey of the historicity of the Old Testament is provided in KA Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI.: Eerdmans, 2003). Kitchen is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies at the University of Liverpool.

There’s also a lot to get your teeth into over at

On the reliability of the New Testament, you can’t do better than FF Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are they reliable?

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday at either 9:30 or 11:15am for The Big Question 2 “Can I trust the Bible?”