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About the Author

Craig L. Blomberg is Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. In addition to his numerous articles in a variety of journals and symposiums, he is the author of The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, Neither Poverty nor Riches, and a commentary on 1 Corinthians. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.) and the University of Aberdeen (Ph.D).


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805410589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805410587
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig L. Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of fifteen books and more than eighty articles in journals or multi-author works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures. Craig and his wife Fran have two daughters and reside in Centennial, Colorado.

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Justin Taylor on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Blomberg's work is an absolute delight. After years of teaching courses on Jesus and the Gospels, he committed himself to write out word for word everything he wanted his students to know. The result of working through this book (complete with review questions at the end of every chapter) is that you can essentially have Blomberg as your teacher for $22 (minus the tuition, parking, and grade!).
The work is divided up in 5 sections: Historical Background for Studying the Gospels; Critical Methods for Studying the Gospels; Introduction to the Four Gospels; A Survey of the Life of Christ; and Historical and Theological Syntheses.
Blomberg works through the critical issues methodically. The eye for detail, the insightful exegesis, and the delightful prose all make this work hard to surpass as an introduction and survey. It truly is a "one-stop" shopping textbook. I expect to turn to it repeatedly throughout the years for the incredible amount of information packed into its 400 pp. In many senses it serves to function as an ultra-condensed commentary in certain parts.
Blomberg seems to be rare in the scholary field as his work has not alone a commitment to excellence in scholarship, but also a passion to communicate the gospel today. He often points out reasonable application that the text might offer us. He seems as if he is able to worship as he writes and teaches. May his tribe increase!
One improvement could have been further discussion and explanation of geographical pointers and significance. Blomberg treats the topic in just a couple of pages and then continues on.
All in all, this is an excellent volume, and deserves a wide readership.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Garman on October 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a textbook for a Life of Christ Class and found it to be an excellent resource. It gives more than you ever wanted to know on a broad range of subjects. An excellent book but not an easy read.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David L Rattigan on October 7, 2004
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As a former conservative, I find Craig Blomberg stands out among evangelical biblical scholars for his integrity, his reasoned approach and his scholarly engagement with critical issues.

Jesus and the Gospels is a comprehensive work that introduces readers to the background of the four gospels, including historical details, social setting and the process of composition, for example. Blomberg makes use of a wide range of critical sources, including recent Jesus scholarship and social-scientific criticism. Conclusions are generally conservative, but highly nuanced.

This is certainly recommended as a source of insight into Jesus' life and times. It is pitched roughly at undergraduate standard. Personally, I have found it a valuable reference tool in my career as a teacher of Religious Education.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Lane on February 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is packed with information that anyone wanting to do a thorough study on the life of Christ or the four canonical Gospels should not be ignorant of. It can be read through or just used as a reference book, whatever helps you most.

There is a map of "Israel in the First Century" on page 56. It is important to review this if your geography is as poor as mine, especially when reading through part four - "A Survey of the Life of Christ". Perhaps the usefulness of this book could have been increased if the inside covers were used for maps.

Though very readable this book is still very academic in tone. Immediately before or straight after this book I would personally recommend you read a good book that really reminds you of the glory of Christ, his finished work on the Cross and his spectacular resurrection (in fact I would recommend anything in the "puritan paperbacks" series). Let's not be fence sitters! Let's not be undecided! Let's not be sterile! The central subject of Blomberg's book is a true wonder - how can we contain ourselves!?

Blomberg, as gentlemanly as he himself is, appears to have a disdain for "fundamentalist" types (and what I'm saying here is more anecdotal than anything else - apologies). He and others of his stature seem to think of fundamentalists as having their heads in the sand and/or lacking erudition. Myself, as a self-confessed fundamentalist Christian, would encourage my fellow fundamentalists to be well informed, well read and ready "to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3), not being discouraged by criticism from academics.

To say that this book is "Better than Edersheim's Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah" is a rather obvious point. Alfred Edersheim wrote in the late 1800's. Times have changed, much research has taken place, and publishing standards have forced greater "user-friendliness".
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Blomberg is a heavy-duty, serious Biblical scholar. This study of the gospels is packed with information suitable for both students and readers of the New Testament. Packed with detailed notes and scholarly insight. This isn't a breezy commentary, so look elsewhere if that's your bag. This is serious scholarship, although not so serious that a general reader won't enjoy it. A great book on the subject by one of the best of today's thinkers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeri VINE VOICE on March 15, 2006
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Whether you just have a few questions about the gospels, or whether you are a serious student, this book deserves to be in your library. Blomberg gives thorough overview of all the different aspects of bible study, including the political, religious and socioeconmic background of the gospels, and all the various modern theories and arguments about the gospels, their dates and authors.

And this is simply great: at the end of each chapter he lists the best books on the subject, and he lists them for the novice, intermediate, or advanced students. For each theory about the gospels that Blomberg discusses, he presents the best argument for the theory, say Q, and then gives the weaknesses of the theory. A terrific resource.

Blomberg is a traditional believer, yet this book is very fair to all sides.
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