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Eyewitnesses as Guarantors of the Accuracy of the Gospel Traditions in the Light of Psychological Research

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... However this person was crucified over two thousand years ago and everything known about him was initially written by other people scores of years after his death. This means that this study is a psychological interpretation of other interpretations, many of which are historical, and all of which are inevitably biased and distorted (McIvor, 2012). However, Jesus Christ also remains in our consciousness now, which requires a personal statement by the author in order to be transparent about the identity, aim, motivation and context of this particular study. ...
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