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Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey

Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey

Craig L. Blomberg

| B&H | 1997

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Jesus and the Gospels is an intensive guide to each of the four gospels, surveying the largest source of eyewitness information about Jesus’ life and ministry, mostly from those who watched Him, spoke with Him, and served Him during his years on earth. Blomberg’s conservative, evangelical approach presents the gospels in their historical and cultural context, and tackles the often confusing interpretations that have addled the student of the Scriptures for the last several centuries.

Blomberg calls this a “one-stop shopping” textbook because it is designed to cover an immense field of subjects often neglected or abridged in other texts. He concentrates on the intertestamental period, critical methodology and authorship, historical placement with external evidence for the gospel’s reliability, a survey on Christ’s life, teachings and actions, and a synthesis of the major issues surrounding the historicity and theology of Jesus.

The result of twelve years of teaching on the gospels, this resource is detailed and scholarly, but also very readable, written not only for the seminary student but also for the pastor and layperson whose desire is to deepen their biblical roots. The book is filled with helpful charts, and most chapters end with review questions and a list of books for further, in-depth reading and studying.

Author Bio

Craig Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has been teaching since 1986. Blomberg earned degrees from Augustana College, Trinity Divinity School, and Aberdeen University in Scotland. He previously taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and spent one year in Cambridge as a research fellow with Tyndale House. He has been on translation committees for the New Living Translation, English Standard Version, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Bloomberg is the author, coauthor, or co-editor of numerous books and more than 80 articles in journals or multi-author works. A recurring topic of interest in his writings is the historical reliability of the Scriptures, and he has also covered such diverse issues as wealth and poverty, hermeneutics, and women in ministry. His books include Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, 2nd ed., Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: James, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and The NIV Application Commentary: 1 Corinthians.