In an attempt to dispel inaccuracies in historical records, this volume engages a discussion of biblical criticism. As Ramsay says in regards to Christ, "That the most powerful and lasting movement of the human mind originated in the Church's misunderstanding of a simple person, and was nursed in the 'pseudonymous' composition of legend or half-legend about him, is a theory against which I hope always to contend." The volume centers around analysis of a lecture given by an important biblical scholar of the time, Dr. Moffat.
- Title: The First Christian Century: Notes on Dr. Moffatt's Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament
- Author: William Mitchell Ramsay
- Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
- Publication Date: 1911
- Pages: 216
About William Mitchell Ramsay
William Mitchell Ramsay (1851–1939) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His education took place at Oxford, the University of Aberdeen, and Gottingen, and he later went on to become Professor of Humanity at University of Aberdeen, as well as the first ever Professor of Classical Archaeology at Oxford. Perhaps most well-known for his archaeological endeavors, he traveled extensively throughout Asia Minor, studying the missionary journeys of Paul and conducting archaeological research, writing numerous books on the findings and adventures of his studies, including St. Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen. His original intent in his studies was to disprove Christianity through archaeology, but through his research he realized that the Bible was accurate and converted to Christianity.