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Jesus and the Gospels Hardcover – September 15, 1997
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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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The book is very simply arranged. Section 4, on the life of Christ takes up about 40% of the total volume, which shows good focus. Background information in other sections is useful but is not allowed to dominate, only contribute.
The Kindle edition is clear and tidy. It would be nice if the contents included links to sub-headings within chapters but otherwise navigation is easy.
This book is written as it a text for a college student and as such it is easy to study and maintains a natural flow. I was engrossed from the first few words and couldn't wait to read more but I had to pace myself so as to give adequate time to think about what was already presented. Blomberg's presentation doesn't shy away from discussing dissenting views (though there is no deep diving into any one), nor does he hesitate to state his beliefs about certain issues and passages. Perhaps of most value to those who are interested in further scholarly pursuits are his chapter ends which includes a "For Further Study" section that gives a number of references broken down into introductory, intermediate, and advanced resources for the would-be future scholar and/or advancing student. Each section ends with a brief "Questions for Review" which adds to the college course feeling of this book.
This is an excellent and often exciting read for the lay person but would be a challenging read, though very informative, for someone not already versed in the Christian tradition. For the scholar this would serve as a compendium of resources and I'm sure even they would find some new (if not challenging) information here.
Lastly, for anyone who might wonder about Blomberg's stance on Jesus the Christ and the gospels in general: Blomberg is a believer in Christ the King, the one and only substitutionary sacrifice for humankind, both fully God and fully man and he has found the gospels and the gospel traditions as highly reliable and trustworthy.
A fantastic book. I can't wait to pass it on.