Various Gospels stories sound as if they are coming off the lips of a witness who is recounting them.1
A full page will analyze 3 kinds of evidence:
This is relevant because, even if false historical claims very occasionally incorporated faux realism (which they did), more often then not realism is the residue of authentic eyewitness testimony based in memory.2
Incidental details in the Gospels are fine-tuned to local knowledge and experience in AD 30 Palestine.
This page analyzes 9 examples/evidences:
This is relevant because this sort of detail is symptomatic of eyewitness testimony from Jesus's time and place (AD 30, Palestine). And while it is what we would expect to see if the relevant episodes took place in c. AD 30 Palestine, it is not what we would expect to see from events forming outside of witness testimony. (For example, myth-makers and legend-makers who operate any serious degree beyond AD 30 Palestine—temporally or geographically—-would've been less likely to produce these kinds of data.)
Within any given Gospel, a careful detective can stumble across several felicitous interlockings between the assumptions and logical scenarios in either the same Gospel or across Gospels. They fit well together, and often make sense in light of each other.
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This is relevant because if the Gospel stories are witness-based (i.e. and so usually corresponding to reality), then felicitous coherences can naturally arise. However, they are less likely to arise in stories that have no such correspondence to reality.
The Gospels burst with content which is demonstrably non-legendary (i.e. honest non-fiction).
This page analyzes 7 arguments:
This is relevant because if they aren’t legendary, then there is little else that could explain such intricate stories other than witness-testimony.1
Most of the Jesus-biographical content reported in the gospels faithfully falls within what the relevant witnesses were themselves saying and approving.
This page analyzes 6 arguments:
This is relevant because if the Gospel stories are a subset of the witness-based stories concerning Jesus, then as long as the Gospels abound in stories (which they do) they will abound in witness-based stories.