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The Gospels provide the most thorough account of Jesus Christ. But what if the stories about his life and work are legends? Scholars have occasionally cast doubt on the reliability of the Gospels. New approaches to biblical studies have only increased the challenges. Can we continue to trust the New Testament? In this revised edition, Craig Blomberg reveals the faulty analysis and presuppositions that have led to mistaken conclusions about the Gospels, providing scholarly criteria for judging these books and biblical answers to our hard questions. This new edition has been thoroughly updated in light of new developments with numerous additions to the footnotes and two added appendixes. Readers will find that over the past twenty years, the case for the historical trustworthiness of the Gospels has grown vastly stronger.

Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include Interpreting the Parables, Neither Poverty nor Riches, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel, commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians, Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions and Preaching the Parables.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830828079
ISBN-13: 9780830828074

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For over twenty years, Craig Blomberg's The Historical Reliability of the Gospels has provided a useful antidote to many of the toxic effects of skeptical criticism of the Gospels. Offering a calm, balanced overview of the history of Gospel criticism, especially that of the late twentieth century, Blomberg introduces readers to the methods employed by New Testament scholars and shows both the values and limits of those methods. He then delves more deeply into the question of miracles, Synoptic discrepancies and the differences between the Synoptics and John. After an assessment of noncanonical Jesus tradition, he addresses issues of historical method directly. This new edition has been thoroughly updated in light of new developments with numerous additions to the footnotes and two added appendixes. Readers will find that over the past twenty years, the case for the historical trustworthiness of the Gospels has grown vastly stronger.

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Craig L. Blomberg (Ph.D., Aberdeen) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. His books include commentaries on Matthew and 1 Corinthians, and

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"This volume offers the most complete, accurate and up-to-date defense of a maximalist approach to the Jesus tradition."
"If you want an up-to-date, clear and compelling presentation of the evidence for the historical accuracy of the Gospels, this is the book for you!"
"I warmly recommend this book."
"This new edition provides further interaction with the larger field of scholarship of the past twenty years. Designed for both the informed layperson and theological student/scholar, Historical Reliability sets forth arguments for the gospels as historically sound sources. For the general readership, the central argument is set forth in an engaging and accessible manner. For those more interested in particular issues covered by Blomberg, the footnotes provide access to the context of the discussion. Although not everyone will agree with his conclusions, Blomberg sets forth a compelling case worthy of consideration. For scholar, theological student, and layperson alike, Historical Reliability is a valuable text."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Good Resource (Ignore the Poor Review by a Biased Naysayer)
    January 20, 2017
    Robert
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read portions of Blomberg's book. It's very good. The scholar does an admirable job explaining why we can trust the gospel accounts as history.

    However, another reviewer dismissed this book based on very shaky ground. First, he asserted that Blomberg's book is 'polemical' -- meaning it presents an argument for why the gospels are historically reliable. Sorry, did I miss something? Is there something inherently wrong with polemical writing? If so, then the reviewer in question is wrong since he has written a polemical review. Obviously, it's a silly assertion that says more about the odd biases (and blindspots) of the reviewer, than the book being reviewed. Many (if not most) academic resources that are worth reading are polemical. It's the nature of academic resources -- they make cases which they then argue, defend, and back with proof.

    Next, the same reviewer dismissed Blomberg's book because Blomberg didn't identify the gospels as the same as other writings from the same time and place that included mythological elements. His implication is, the gospels and those other writings are the same genre. Again, did I miss something? The reviewer engages in a false equivalency. He equates the gospels and other writings as the same simply because they (may have) originated in the same time and place. Does the reviewer care to make a cogent argument, based on an indifferent study of the literature, supported by hard facts? Or is he satisfied merely to make bald assertions? I wonder if the reviewer has approached the subject with a preconceived bias against Blomberg's book in particular and the historical nature of the gospels in general? Clearly, he hasn't read the scholarly work on the historical reliability of the Bible. I suggest starting with Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, 2nd edition, by Richard Bauckham
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
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    January 3, 2012
    david
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    this book sets out to defend the gospels as historically reliable, and is basically an apologetics work on the subject. it is a scholarly treatment to be sure, as Craig Blomberg is no lightweight, be that as it may, this work is polemical and seems to simply totally miss the point in that the nature of so much of the literature spawned by 2nd temple judaistic and greco/roman literature, are a mix of historical kernels with many embellishements and what today would be called myth. ( see Eric Gruen's Heritage and Hellenism and also Michael Grant's Greek and Roman Historians. ) at any rate, for a decently intelligent stab at defending the gosples as mostly straightforwardly historically reliable, this is worth the effort to read and study.
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