First Christian Century by Sir William Ramsay

William M. Ramsay [1851-1939], The First Christian Century. Notes on Dr. Moffatt's Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament.

In this series of ad hoc articles Sir William Ramsay defends the historicity of the New Testament against the arguments put forward by Dr James Moffatt. Ramsay was not the first to respond to Moffatt’s attacks on historicity, see Daniel in the Critic’s Den, for another example. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

William M. Ramsay [1851-1939], The First Christian Century. Notes on Dr. Moffatt’s Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1911. Hbk. pp.195. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. General
  2. Literary Illustrations in Dr. Moffatt’s Book
  3. Literature and History: A Difference in Method
  4. The First and Late Second Century
  5. The Personality of Papias and Polycarp
  6. Papias as Authority for the Early Deathg of John the Apostle
  7. The Supposed Early Death of John
  8. The Fascination of the Second Century
  9. The Argument from Accuracy of Local Details
  10. Exsamples of the “Imaginative Reconstruction” of the Past in Literature
  11. The Lawfulness of False Attribution in Literature
  12. The Growth of a Miracle
  13. The “Growing Consciousness of the Church”
  14. The Unity of the New Testament
  15. Order and Unifying Principle in the New Testament
  16. St. Paul as the Beginning of the New Testament
  17. St. Paul and St. John
  18. Incident and Teaching
  19. The Fourth Gospel and Its Author
  20. The “Semi-Pseudonymity” of First Peter
  21. The Study of Opinions
  22. Analogies from Classical Non-Christian Literature
  23. The South Galatian Question
  24. The Phygian Region of the Province of Galatia
  25. The Phrygian Language at Iconium
  26. Antioch a Galatian City
  27. The Political and Religious Importance of Pisidian Antioch
  28. A Greek Linguistic Argument
  29. Conclusion

Alan R. Millard on the Historical Accuracy of Daniel

In 2012 Crossway published an impressive collection of 21 essays defending the historical reliability of the Bible under the title Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? The publishers have kindly granted permission for Theology on the Web to host Alan Millard’s contribution to that volume, dealing with the accuracy of Daniel’s account of Babylon:

Alan R. Millard, “Daniel in Babylon: An Accurate Record?” James K. Hoffmeier & Dennis R. Magary, eds. Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture. Crossway, 2012. Pbk. ISBN-13: 978-1433525711. pp.263-280.

You can download a copy in PDF here.

Thomas McCall’s essay on religious epistomology (Chapter 1) is also available here.