Was Christ Born in Bethlehem?
by W.M. Ramsay
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In 19th century schools of theology in Continental Europe, it had become fashionable to
be skeptical about any traditional doctrine about the Bible. Many academic theologians
denied the divinity of Christ, and others claimed that Paul’s letters were forgeries.
Ramsay, while he used some of the same critical methods as his academic peers, was
nevertheless able to counter their arguments effectively. Having spent years in Asia
Minor studying the missionary journeys of Paul and the Apostles, Ramsay had become an
expert on the New Testament’s historical documents. He argues that Luke, the author of
the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Luke, was as reliable an historian as any other
in the first century. Thus in answer to the question, “Was Christ born in Bethlehem?”
Ramsay answers: “Yes. We can trust Luke’s Gospel.”
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