The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices

The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices

by Lydia McGrew
The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices

The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices

by Lydia McGrew


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In recent years a number of evangelical scholars have claimed that the Gospel authors felt free to present events in one way even though they knew that the reality was different. Analytic philosopher Lydia McGrew brings her training in the evaluation of evidence to bear, investigates these theories about the evangelists’ literary standards in detail, and finds them wanting. At the same time she provides a nuanced, positive view of the Gospels that she dubs the reportage model. Clearing away misconceptions of this model, McGrew amasses objective evidence that the evangelists are honest, careful reporters who tell it like it is. Meticulous, well-informed, and accessible, The Mirror or the Mask is an important addition to the libraries of laymen, pastors, apologists, and scholars who want to know whether the Gospels are reliable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947929074
Publisher: Deward Publishing
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Pages: 582
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. Lydia McGrew is a widely published analytic philosopher, specializing in formal and classical theory of knowledge, testimony, and the philosophy of religion. She received her PhD in English from Vanderbilt University in 1995. She is the author of the widely acclaimed "Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts" (DeWard, 2017), which defends the reliability of the New Testament using a long-neglected argument from incidental details. She and her husband, philosopher and apologist Timothy McGrew, live in southwest Michigan with their children.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part One—Masking History

Chapter I: What if the Gospels Were Only Based on True Events?

Chapter II: A Handful of Crucial Distinctions

Chapter III: A Bushel of Quotations

Chapter IV: Whither Inerrancy?

Part Two—Unmasking Ancient History

Chapter V: Are the Gospels Greco-Roman Biographies?

Chapter VI: Let Ancient People Speak for Themselves

Chapter VII: Speeches in Ancient Historical Writing

Chapter VIII: Going Chreia-zy

Chapter IX: Devices, Discrepancies, or (Just) Differences?

Part Three—The Mirror: The Gospels as Historical Reports

Chapter X: The Evangelists as Honest Reporters

Chapter XI: Evidence and the Artless Author

Chapter XII: Still More Evidence for the Reportage Model

Part Four—The Mirror or the Mask in Gospel Examples

Introduction to Part Four

Chapter XIII: Utterly Unforced Errors

Chapter XIV: Fictions Only Need Apply

Chapter XV: Over-reading

Chapter XVI: Fictionalizing Literary Devices and the Resurrection Accounts

Conclusion: Claiming the Forward Position Once Again

Appendix 1: More Points about Theon

Appendix 2: More Examples from Greco-Roman Historians

Appendix 3: Matthean Discourses and Fictionalizing Literary Devices

Author Index

Scripture Index

Subject Index

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