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.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
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