Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas story article on livescience.com

Livescience.com published an article yesterday on the historicity of the Christmas story. I'm happy to report that they interviewed me for it, and they put a very juicy quote of mine near the beginning:
 "My overall take on this, which would be the opinion of most other biblical scholars as well, is that there is very little in the Christmas story of the Gospels that is historically reliable," said Brent Landau, a religious studies scholar at the University of Texas at Austin.
They do quote a very prominent evangelical biblical scholar, Ben Witherington III, who contests this viewpoint.

In a post a little later on today, I'll provide a more detailed rundown of why scholars are so doubtful about the overall historicity of Matthew's and Luke's infancy narratives.

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