New Testament, Historicity
For much too long a time the course of New Testament scholarship has been dictated by theological, quasi-theological, and philosophical presuppositions. In far too many cases commentaries on NT books have neglected such basic requirements as up-to-date historical and philological analysis of the text itself. The result has often been steadfast refusal to take seriously the findings of archaeological and linguistic research. So anti-historical is this approach that it fascinates the speculative minds which prefer clichés to factual data, and shifting ideology to empirical research and logical demonstration.