We wish this series to help everyone understand the process of the Bible's history as a document and why we can have confidence in its message. Albright had previously written, in light of archaeological discoveries (his area of scholarly expertise), that [t]hanks to the Qumran discoveries [the Dead Sea Scrolls], the New Testament proves to be in fact what it was formerly believed to be: the teaching of Christ and his immediate followers between circa 25 and circa 80 A. Interestingly, Albrights assessment is not unique among unlikely sources of such assessments.
He condemns various sins, including pride, hypocrisy, favouritism, and slander.
He encourages believers to humbly live by godly rather than worldly wisdom and to pray in all situations.
The New Testament text we read in our English Bibles is based on the original Greek text.
We know this text, albeit imperfectly, through a large number of ancient manuscripts.
For this reason radical scholars (for example, the Jesus Seminar) argue for late first century or even second century dates for the original manuscripts. Sherwin White has demonstrated, using documents from antiquity even less well-attested and with much wider composition-to-earliest-copy spans than the New Testament documents, even two generations are too short a span to allow the mythical tendency to prevail over the hard historic core of the oral tradition (Sherwin-White, 190).