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The Historical Reliability of the Gospels [Paperback]

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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830828079  
EAN  9780830828074  

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Are the Gospels trustworthy as history? Dr. Blomberg describes this century's ''search for the historical Jesus'' and the faulty presuppositions that led to mistaken conclusions about Him. He discusses problems in the miracle stories and alleged inconsistencies. And he provides scholarly criteria for evaluating the Gospels.

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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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A serious research on historical reliability of the gospels  Mar 22, 2010
Craig L. Blomberg is a famous NT scholar. He is very professional in his studies on the gospels. In this book (2nd edition) he has a purpose to show that four Gospels we have in our NT canon are historical reliable. He has very good pionts in proving this to his readers. First, he discusses traditional approaches to the reliability of the Gospels, second, he introduces newer methods in Gospel study and he explains how these methods can help us to see the historical reliability of the Gospels. Third, Craig Blomberg talks about miracles and encourages his readers to trust in Biblical miracles. He has a good case in arguing that Gospel miracles are true. Fourth, the author solves so called contradictions of the Gospels. Fifth, Craig Blomberg argues about historical reliability of John's Gospel. He has a good arguments to prove that the fourth Gospel was written by John the apostle Jesus' beloved disciple. Craig Blomberg makes a good case against Richard Bauckham's proposal that the fourth Gospel was written not by apostle John. Craig BLomberg is more convincing that Richar Bauckham. Sixth, the author discusses the Jesus' tradition outside the Gospels. This chapter is very helpful. Then he explains the genre of the Gospels.
If you are interested in historical reliability of the Gospels buy this book. It is a magisterial work by trusted NT scholar. Also in the end of this book you will find a long list of bibliography of 56 pages!
Read and enjoy.
Excellent condition  Jan 28, 2010
Book arrived in excellent condition. Looks like new. Arrived in about a week from time of delivery.
An excellent look at modern scholarship  Aug 30, 2009
As more and more society looks at the Bible from a post-enlightenment criticism standpoint one starts to believe that there is no way the Bible could be historically accurate. This book looks at the historical beliefs of the church fathers as well as modern criticisms in order to show the historical accuracy of the gospels.

A large variety of questions about historical reliability are addressed ranging from the reliability of oral traditions to the influence of myths and legends from other cultures. Questions about harmonization between the gospels as well different forms of literary criticism are reviewed. Consideration is given to documents outside the gospels, including non-Christian writers, Gnostic and other apocryphal texts, and the remainder of the New Testament.

This book is not an exhaustive look at the study of historical accuracy, but rather a digest. Citing around 100 other works, this book is a balanced overview of the current scholarship. While many topics could be (and are) books in their own right, most of them get only a few pages. This creates a good base for looking into them in more detail. This allows a lay person to read the book and not be overwhelmed, while at the same time it contains enough information to be useful to scholars.
Very Thorough, but complex  Jan 27, 2009
The Historical Reliability of the GospelsI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gets a little complex and academic but it is worth the effort to carefully read the information. I would not recommend it for the first book on the subject because of that complexity but after one has read some things with a more general approach this book is great.
The Gospels As History  Aug 16, 2008
This new edition of Craig Blomberg's THE HISTORICAL RELIABILITY OF THE GOSPELS should be an essential addition to anyone's New Testament library.

This book serves almost as an introduction to the study of the Gospels. Blomberg discusses form criticism, redaction criticism and other methods used for gospel interpretation. He also provides generally sensible harmonizations of apparently divergent accounts which avoid some of the overzealous attempts of harmonization of the past. Blomberg persuasively argues that reading the Gospels in light of ancient standards of biography and history leads to the conclusion that they contain reliable accounts of Jesus' life. (Contrary to what someone else said, Blomberg does not argue for "camcorder exactness," but instead contends that ancient history allowed for summaries, reordering and a certain amount "creative interpretation" of source material).

Along the way, Blomberg discusses miracles, the evidence for Jesus outside the Gospels (both inside and outside the New Testament), and textual criticism, among other topics.

Blomberg is a prolific New Testament scholar. Among his other books, I particularly recommend INTERPRETING THE PARABLES.

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