My booklet, The Writing of the Gospels and Biblical Inerrancy, will be available in Kindle format only, for free, from Monday, 26 Sept to 30 Sept, 2016, Pacific Time. Please take advantage of this free offer.
This booklet is primarily on two subjects: the authorship of the Gospels and the inerrancy of the Bible. On authorship, this work argues that each Gospel is of Apostolic origin. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were primarily, but perhaps not solely, composed by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. As for the Epistles of John, there were most likely written by a different John, at a later time. When were the Gospels written? The Synoptics were composed relatively soon after the Ascension of Christ, but the Gospel of John was written last, not long before the authorship of the Book of Revelation.
The relationship between the Synoptic Gospels is discussed, based on the proposal that Matthew was written first, in Aramaic. This view rejects the more common opinion that Matthew and Luke both depend upon Mark and Q (a hypothetical document) as earlier sources. The minor and major similarities between the three Synoptics are explained based on the order of writing and the languages that each author knew and used.
The rest of the articles concern Sacred Scripture more generally. The article on the evolution of the Bible explains how the copying and editing of the Bible over many centuries has affected the text as we have it today. There is a discussion of how the use of inclusive language in translations is harmful to the full meaning of Scripture. Another discussion concerns the erosion of the Canon of Sacred Scripture. Hundreds of words and phrases, and more than a few whole verses, have been dropped from modern Bible translations. This omission is contrary to the teaching of the Council of Trent on the Canon of the Bible. The author of this booklet is also the translator and editor of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible, so an article on that work is included.
The most important chapter of this booklet is the article, ‘Total Inspiration and Total Inerrancy’, which explains and defends the teaching of many different Popes and Councils on the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. The dogma of Biblical inerrancy is under attack today from many directions. It is one of the most commonly rejected infallible teachings in the Catholic Faith.
1: Languages and Authors
2: The Gospel of Matthew
3: The Gospel of Mark
4: Luke and Acts
5: John and Revelation
6: Relationship between the Synoptics
7: The Infancy Narratives
8: The Epistles of John the Elder
9: The Evolution of the Bible
10: Against Inclusive Language
11: The Catholic Public Domain Version
12: Total Inspiration and Total Inerrancy
13: Erosion of the Canon of Sacred Scripture