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The Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Blomberg, Craig L.

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From Tim Keller's 2008 Summer Reading List: "This makes the case that the Biblical account of Jesus is not legend but historically trustworthy. Blomberg incorporates insights from Richard Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, an important work but much longer and more difficult to read."

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.

Author Information: 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.

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

416 pages

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