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The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel: Issues & Commentary

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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: 9780830838714
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (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

Preface
List of AbbreviationsPart One: Introductory Considerations
Authorship
Date and Provenance
Sources
John's Omissions
Interlocking Between John and the Synoptics
The Outlines of the Four Gospels
Other Indications of Historicity
Literary Genre
John's Unique Audience and Purposes
The Burden of Proof and the Criteria of Authenticity
The Way ForwardPart Two: Commentary
Prologue (1:1-18)
The Baptist's Testimony (1:19-34)
The First Followers of Jesus (1:35-51)
Water into Wine (2:1-11)
Clearing the Temple (2:12-25)
Jesus and Nicodemus (3:1-21)
The Baptist Gives Way to Jesus (3:22-36)
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (4:1-42)
Healing an Official's Son (4:43-54)
Healing an Invalid by the Bethesda Pool (5:1-18)
The son's Testimony (5:19-47)
Feeding the Five Thousand (6:1-15)
Walking on Water (6:16-21)
The Bread of Life Discourse (6:22-59)
A Turning Point in Jesus' Ministry (6:60-71)
Jesus Leaves for the Tabernacles Festival (7:1-13)
Jesus Begins Teaching at Tabernacles (7:14-36)
The Living Water (7:37-52)
The Woman Caught in Adultery (7:53-8:11)
The Light of the World (8:12-30)
Jesus as the 'I Am' (8:31-59)
Healing the Man Born Blind (9:1-12)
The Aftermath of the Miracle (9:13-41)
The Good Shepherd (10:1-21)
The Feast of Dedication (10:22-42)
The Resurrection of Lazarus (11:1-44)
Plotting to Kill Jesus (11:45-57)
Mary of Bethany Anoints Jesus (12:1-11)
The 'Atriumphal Entry' (12:12-19)
Jesus' Death and Ministry to the Greeks (12:20-36)
Summaries of Jesus' Ministry (12:37-50)
The Footwashing (13:1-20)
Betrayal and Denial Predicted (13:21-38)
'Do Not Let your Hearts Be Troubled' (14:1-14)
The Promise of the Paraclete (14:15-31)
The Vine and the Branches (15:1-17)
Future Hatred for the Disciples (15:18-16:4)
Further Encouragement (16:5-33)
Jesus' 'High-Priestly' Prayer (17:1-26)
Jesus' Arrest (18:1-14)
Initial Interrogations of Peter and Jesus (18:15-27)
Jesus and Pilate (18:28-19:16)
The Crucifixion (19:17-30)
Confirmation of Death and Burial (19:31-42)
Resurrection and Appearance to Mary Magdalene (20:1-18)
Jesus Appears to the Eleven (20:19-29)
The Purpose of the Gospel (20:30-31)
Fishing in Galilee (21:1-14)
The Future of Peter and John (21:15-23)
Final Testimony (21:24-25)Conclusions
Summary of Findings
Implications of These Results
Bibliography
Index
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