Historical Reliability of John's Gospel: Issues and Commentary

Overview

Throughout much of the twentieth century the Fourth Gospel took a back seat to the Synoptics when it came to historical reliability. Consequently, the contemporary quest of the historical Jesus discounted or excluded evidence from the Fourth Gospel.

The question of the historical reliability of John's Gospel is well overdue for a thorough reinvestigation and reassessment. In this foundational study, Craig L. Blomberg sheds new light on persistent questions. He presents his ...

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Overview

Throughout much of the twentieth century the Fourth Gospel took a back seat to the Synoptics when it came to historical reliability. Consequently, the contemporary quest of the historical Jesus discounted or excluded evidence from the Fourth Gospel.

The question of the historical reliability of John's Gospel is well overdue for a thorough reinvestigation and reassessment. In this foundational study, Craig L. Blomberg sheds new light on persistent questions. He presents his conclusions largely in commentary form, following the principal scenes of the Gospel. His introduction frames the pathway into the discussion, taking up critical issues such as authorship, date and provenance of the Fourth Gospelsources and omissions of the Fourth Gospelpoints where John's Gospel interlocks with the Synopticsgeneral indications of historicityliterary genre and unique audience of this Gospelburden of proof and criteria of authenticity

In his commentary examining the text of the Fourth Gospel, Blomberg asks two essential questions. First, using the recently nuanced criteria of authenticity, "What positive evidence do we have that the actions or words of the characters in John's narratives are indeed historical?" Second, "Is there anything in the text . . . that is implausible within the historical context to which it is attributed, particularly if we assume the general historical trustworthiness of the Synoptics?"

The result is a seminal work for the present day—one that affirms the historical reliability of John's Gospel with intelligence and sure-footed care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830826759
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 352

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface 9
List of Abbreviations 12
Pt. 1 Introductory Considerations 15
Pt. 2 Commentary 69
Prologue (1:1-18) 71
The Baptist's testimony (1:19-34) 75
The first followers of Jesus (1:35-51) 80
Water into wine (2:1-11) 85
Clearing the temple (2:12-25) 87
Jesus and Nicodemus (3:1-21) 91
The Baptist gives way to Jesus (3:22-36) 95
Jesus and the Samaritan woman (4:1-42) 98
Healing an official's son (4:43-54) 104
Healing the invalid by the Bethesda pool (5:1-18) 108
The son's testimony (5:19-47) 112
Feeding the five thousand (6:1-15) 118
Walking on water (6:16-21) 121
The bread of life discourse (6:22-59) 122
A turning point in Jesus' ministry (6:60-71) 128
Jesus leaves for the Tabernacles festival (7:1-13) 131
Jesus begins teaching at Tabernacles (7:14-36) 133
The living water (7:37-52) 136
The woman caught in adultery (7:53-8:11) 140
The light of the world (8:12-30) 140
Jesus as the 'I am' (8:31-59) 144
Healing the man born blind (9:1-12) 150
The aftermath of the miracle (9:13-41) 153
The good shepherd (10:1-21) 158
The feast of Dedication (10:22-42) 161
The resurrection of Lazarus (11:1-44) 164
Plotting to kill Jesus (11:45-57) 172
Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus (12:1-11) 175
The 'atriumphal entry' (12:12-19) 179
Jesus' death and the ministry to the Greeks (12:20-36) 180
Summaries of Jesus' ministry (12:37-50) 184
The footwashing (13:1-20) 186
Betrayal and denial predicted (13:21-38) 192
'Do not let your hearts be troubled' (14:1-14) 195
The promise of the Paraclete (14:15-31) 199
The vine and the branches (15:1-17) 205
Future hatred for the disciples (15:18-16:4) 209
Further encouragement (16:5-33) 212
Jesus' 'high-priestly' prayer (17:1-26) 218
Jesus' arrest (18:1-14) 227
Initial interrogations of Peter and Jesus (18:15-27) 233
Jesus and Pilate (18:28-19:16) 237
The crucifixion (19:17-30) 249
Confirmation of death and burial (19:31-42) 254
Resurrection and appearance to Mary Magdalene (20:1-18) 258
Jesus appears to the Eleven (20:19-29) 265
The purpose of the Gospel (20:30-31) 271
Fishing in Galilee (21:1-14) 272
The future for Peter and John (21:15-23) 277
Final testimony (21:24-25) 280
Conclusions 283
Bibliography 295
Index 329
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