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Paper Back New Though the debate has raged since Celsus in the third century, the consensus among serious men of letters on the reliability of New Testament texts is neither ... simple nor settled. The Jesus Seminar or The Da Vinci Code aside, there exists a broad range of critical opinion especially regarding the Gospels, because these present the life of Him who claimed in various ways I and the Father are One. Blomberg takes all criticism-the disreputable and the serious-into consideration. He also examines the methods and history of criticism and the key critics of recent decades to produce an important counter-agent to revisionist claims. Western culture, writes Blomberg, is steeped in the myth that newest means best. So we need to resist this temptation and examine the evidence afresh with as much openness as possible to the directions in which it leads. The evidence, as it now stands, should move us toward remembering rather than dismembering the words of the Evangelists. Blomberg has given us an exc Read more Show Less

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830828074
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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

Foreword to the first edition (1987)
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Traditional approaches to the reliability of the Gospels
2. New methods in Gospel study
3. Miracles
4. Contradictions among the Synoptics?
5. Problems in the Gospel of John
6. The Jesus-tradition outside the Gospels
7. Final questions on historical method
Postscript
Appendix A: Archaeology and the Gospels
Appendix B: Textual Criticism and the Gospels
Bibliography
Author Index
Scripture Index
Ancient sources Index
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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    A thoroughly researched work of important significance as an objective analysis into the historicity of the Gospels.

    A concentrated research employing most all available techiniques into the determination of the degree to which one can rely on the information contained in the Four Gospels of the New Testament. Blomberg incorporates in his research the relationship of Matthew, Mark, and Luke not only to each other, but to John as well, and highlights the contrast of each to even extra-biblical sources, as well as to archaeology, historical writings, and ancient scrolls found over the centuries. In addition, from a historical significance, he addresses the miracles of Jesus, and His birth, crucifixion, and resurrection, and evaluates his dieficiation from even the verbage utilized in the Gospels and that of other writiers close to the age of the writings of the Gospels. Blomberg also incorporates in his analysis the writings of those skeptics who have sought to discredit the Gospels from a historical standpoint, and the grounds which they used.

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