Some try to claim that the Gospels are not reliable because they are merely copies or wholesale works of fiction made up long after the events they record. However, buried within the seemingly trivial details of the Gospel accounts we find an interlocking web of information that indicates these works were indeed independent writings by people who knew what they were talking about.
Special thanks to Dr Timothy McGrew, whose work most of this information comes from. Check out his online resource: The Library of Historical Apologetics (www.historicalapologetics.org).
Also, Dr Lydia McGrew has a great book out on this subject: “Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts”