What Conservative Protestants Just Don’t Get About the Bible: Not Everything Written is Historical

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Raymond Brown, mainstream Roman Catholic New Testament scholar:

Many of those who struggle to harmonize [the two accounts of Judas’ death in Matthew and Acts] do so on a principle foreign to the Bible itself, e.g., what is narrated must be historical; and so, if there are two differing accounts, they must be able to be harmonized. These accounts cannot be harmonized; consequently both cannot be historical, and in fact neither may be”. 

 –The Death of the Messiah, Appendix IV

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