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Posted January 15, 2002
Craig Blomberg has the uncanny ability to take detailed scholarly research and make it readable! This is easily the most interesting textbook I have ever read. As another reviewer mentioned, what you essentially have here is Blomberg's seminary course. The intertestamental and first-century background information alone is worth the price of the book. Blomberg offers a concise treatment of critical methodologies (Historical Criticism and Literary Criticism), and then an eminently readable and interesting intro to the four gospels. Blomberg's survey of the life of Christ is as good or better than anything I have seen. What sets Blomberg's work on Jesus slightly ahead of that of Robert Stein (Jesus the Messiah) is, again, readability. Blomberg offers a chapter on the external evidence for the reliability of the gospels which seems to be basically a summary of his work from 1987 (Historical Reliability of the Gospels). He sums up this great work with a challenging look at the theology of Jesus. This is a masterpiece from a scholar who is more interested in making sure that we can read and understand the fruit of his work than he his in being praised by other scholars. Thanks, Professor Blomberg.
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