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Thanks, John. I completely agree. As far as it goes, the method is more concerned with the historicity of the production of the texts—the witness of the historical community—than with the historicity of the circumstances to which the texts refer. That reminds us also that the “objectivity” of the referential field of the texts is itself mediated to us by way of the complex and often ambiguous experience of the authors. This, I rather think, is where the “truthfulness” of scripture is to be found. But it has the corollary that we must now, as moderns, nevertheless engage faithfully and trustingly with the story that was told. We cannot prove, as a matter of historical or scientific enquiry, that Jesus was raised from the dead, but we have the same Spirit as the earliest witnesses.

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