Historical reliability of the Gospels  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The historical reliability of the Gospels refers to the reliability and historic character of the four New Testament gospels as historical documents. These gospels, the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John recount the life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Historians often study the historical reliability of the Acts of the Apostles when studying the reliability of the gospels, as it was written by the same author as the Gospel of Luke and many believe that it was originally written along with the gospel as part of a two-volume series, called Luke-Acts. Historians subject the gospels to critical analysis, attempting to differentiate authentic, reliable information from possible inventions, exaggerations, and alterations.

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