In the 19th century, a theological current became very influential that started from 3 premises:
1. there is no supernatural intervention of God in history.
2. one sees contradictions at work everywhere.
3. one sees everywhere a development at work.
This led to the fact that one considered all reports about a supernatural intervention of God to be mere inventions, which are either to be simply deleted or used as stylistic device to illustrate the meaning of the represented person. Thus, one tried to understand “the life of Jesus” by trying to rid the accounts in the Gospels of their “legendary overpaintings.” Moreover, one thought to have found so many contradictions in the reports about Jesus that it could not have been so as it was reported there.
I have experienced historical science today in such a way that one deals much more carefully with the sources than in former times and respects them, if it is possible at all. If one finds contradictions in otherwise reliable sources, one will first ask whether the contradictions are only apparent. If for example in Mt. 28,1 it is reported about 2 women who go to the tomb of Jesus on Easter morning, while in Lk. 24, 10 it is said about 3 women and about other women who were with them, this can be explained without difficulties in such a way that in Mt. it is reported only about 2 women, but that no complete list of the women who were with them is given. On the other hand, we also know that different witnesses can testify differently in court. Errors in memory occur and do not devalue an otherwise very reliable testimony.
Whoever lets the reports of the Gospels have an impartial effect on him will be convinced of their truthfulness and coherence.
The subsections of the section The Bible seen by a historian are: Miracles,Divinity of Jesus Christ, Being shaken by God,lying was no longer possible, The gospels present an accurate picture of Jesus,The letter to the Ephesians, inner unity of the writers of the New Testament
The part history has the section The Bible seen by a historian