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Evaluation of Dr Sayyed’s presentation, “Is the Bible God’s Word?” (Part 3) by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

5 minute read: In my previous article, I have shown that the central didactic of Dr. Sayyed is seemingly lacking in both fairness and objective scholarship. Dr. Sayyed seems to ask questions around inspiration and infallibility of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures that seem to conflict with his own presumed worldview. Here is part 3 looking at his suggested claims: Dr. Sayyed mentions, "Scribes changed as they pleased." He then quotes Dr. Bruce Metzger, quoting Church Father [...]

Evaluation of Dr Sayyed’s presentation, “Is the Bible God’s Word?” (Part 2) by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

5 Minute read: In my previous article, I have shown that the central didactic of Dr. Sayyed is seemingly lacking in both fairness and objective scholarship. Dr. Sayyed seems to ask questions around the inspiration and infallibility of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures that seem to be in conflict with his own presumed worldview. [1] Here is part 2 looking at his suggested claims:  Who is making the claim that the Bible is God’s Word? Or from [...]

Jesus, God, and the Qur’an, on the Christian Scriptures by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

5 Minute read: In my recent discussion with Dr. Sayyed on the question, ‘Is the Bible God’s Word’ my central claim was that ultimately we can only answer that question once we have endeavored to look at the claims of Jesus as a true Prophet. My very central claim against Dr. Sayyed’s presentation, in fact, was threefold and I will briefly outline my argument in this article. First, we need to ask the question concerning [...]

A discussion about the version of the Bible available to Muhammad by Prof. Henk G. Stoker & Paul Derengowski

ABSTRACT It is a mandate that all Muslims believe in all previous revelations given by God along with the Qur'an (Surah 2:4). Relative to discussions with Christians, Muslims are required to believe the Bible. Some Muslim apologists today contend that the Bible has been 'corrupted' or tainted through the infusion of faulty doctrines and the exclusion of valuable texts that support Islamic ideas by dubious scribes and malicious copyists. According to them there is no [...]

By |2020-03-14T04:16:02+02:00Sep 24th, 2018|Muhammad, New Testament Reliability|0 Comments

The Theological message of Paul as it relates to the primitive Christology of Philippians 2:5-11 by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

In this study of Paul’s Christology I will research the essential Christological idea that Paul was affirming from the earliest Christian community. The foundational text for my study will be from Paul’s letter to the Philippians in chapter 2 verse 5-11(Bowman and Komoszewski 2007:166-167). I will show that Paul is quoting an early doxological hymn affirming a high Christological view of the pre-existing incarnate Lord of all Jesus Christ that was worshiped as God, and [...]

A Critique of “Jesus & the Injeel” by John Fontain by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

John Fontain has written a little booklet scrutinizing various themes making large claims concerning the Bible, Jesus and the Christian understanding of the Gospel. I do not endeavor in this evaluation to look at everything Mr. Fontain mentioned and as far possible tried to keep it short and precise, assessing his claims from a Biblical Christian and Scholarly understanding. About the cover: Just an interesting observation about the cover of this little booklet. The quality [...]

The Bible: Today’s translations in light of the Early Manuscripts by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

Recently an article was written by Laurie Goodstein that shed some light behind the "Mary Papyri" that was supposedly written early depicting Mary as the "wife" of Jesus? here is the article:  “A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of scripture: "Jesus said to them, 'My wife …'" [...]

By |2020-03-16T14:57:27+02:00Feb 12th, 2016|New Testament Reliability|0 Comments

Gospel authors unknown? by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

Recently I spoke to some Muslim friends and they objected to the actual validity of the Gospels based on the assumption that we can really not trust the four Gospels purely because we do not know who wrote them? This allowed me to compose the following brief response. First of all externally we can be assured that these Gospel authors were the actual authors by looking at the following evidence. Plutarch, Lucian, Porphyry, Plato ect. [...]

By |2020-03-16T15:02:35+02:00Feb 6th, 2016|New Testament Reliability|0 Comments

The Gospel According to Jesus – Presuppositions by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

A "do it yourself" catalog firm received the following letter from one of its customers: "I built a birdhouse according to your stupid plans, and not only is it much too big, it keeps blowing out of the tree. Signed, Unhappy. The "do it yourself" catalog firm replied: "Dear Unhappy, We're sorry about the mix-up. We accidentally sent you a sailboat blueprint. But if you think you are unhappy, you should read the letter from [...]

The nature of variants in the early New Testament manuscripts by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

The site “Islamic Awareness” suggests that “the production of New Testament manuscripts radically changed after the persecution under Diocletian (303-305 CE) and especially after Constantine declared Christianity to be the official religion of the empire.” [1]Another Muslim voice asserts “that the Christian Bible is swarming with errors and contradictions.”[2] Earlier I have written on the cogency of the New Testament Manuscripts as well as the quantity and quality of these variants[3] but here I would like to describe [...]

By |2020-03-16T15:58:54+02:00Sep 11th, 2015|New Testament Reliability|0 Comments