Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster
My biggest objection to the book is his source theory for the New Testament. He seems to outright reject the Apostolic authorship of Matthew and questions the authorship of the other Gospels. If I were an agnostic or atheist, this gap in the armor is where I would attack viciously. If the Biblical account cannot be validated by either eye-witnesses (Matthew, Mark, and John) or by those closely associated with the witnesses (Luke), then what authority does it carry? While the book, overall, builds a strong argument for the resurrection of Christ, my fear is that Foster's argument rests on a shaky foundation of poor textual critique.