All of history hangs on Jesus. It’s hard to argue with that view even if you don’t believe him. He and his message 2,000 years ago changed the world.

But do we know the real Jesus? Do we know what he actually preached? Or are we chasing a shadow, an invention of later generations? Can we trust the Gospels?

That’s the question posed in the title of a new book by Peter J. Williams [read TGC’s review], principal of Tyndale House, Cambridge, one of the world’s leading institutes for biblical research. My guest on The Gospel Coalition Podcast is also the chair of the International Greek New Testament Project and a member of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee. He and I assess the best arguments against the reliability of the Gospels and seek to account for Christian faith in Jesus as portrayed by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.