Stories and truth

The story of the oil of the Maccabees and the stories of Jesus’ birth are great stories. To adapt a sentence from Norman McLean’s A River Runs Through It, they are not true stories, but they are stories that are true.

John S. Kloppenborg, Q scholar, in a discussion with Larry Hurtado and Alan Segal– “Jesus and the Gospel: What Really Happened” at Slate.com.

What makes a story true? Do you see a difference between a true story and a story that is true? How do you think of the stories of the New Testament? What difference does it make?

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