BAR 28:06, Nov/Dec 2002
First Person: The Big Debate
The battle over the Bible raises more questions than it answersbut youll learn a lot if you listen in.
The hottest issue today in the study of Biblical history and archaeology is the question of the Bibles essential historicity: How true is the Bible? Unfortunately, the issues are hideously complicated.a
Every time I try to write a summary sentence about the controversy, I find that it is wrong or at least needs qualification. For example, in an early draft of this piece, the following sentence appeared: For those who believe in the literal truth of the Bible, the issue is simple: The Bible says it; therefore it must be true.