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Release data : July, 1987
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Scholarly defense of the gospels' historical reliability
Blomberg, an expert in the Synoptics, does a superb job, showing the inadequacies of much liberal gospel scholarship, and making an eminently credible case for the overall historical reliability of the canonical gospels. This is clearly going to be a classic, and anyone interested in Biblical Studies should read it.
Answers for hard Hard Questions
Dr. Blomberg sucessfully defends the New Testament from attacks on it's reliability. These solid answers to hard questions about the New Testament provide the student with a solid reference base. A Must have.
This book is almost 20 years-old, but it is still relevant. Blomberg presents the best case for the Historicity of the Gospels and the falicies of "Historical Criticism," which is at the heart of the popular, and contentious, Jesus Seminar. Blomberg provides the necessary pause for Christians who are on the brink of conceding defeat to Anti-Religionists, by shedding reasonable doubt on "Higher Criticism" and providing validity to the Gospels.
Consequently, people have to understand that the writing process is not the same as the Scientific Method. When writing a book, one first formulates a Thesis. In this case: Higher Criticism is wrong, the Gospels are Historically accurate. After forming a Thesis, then one must prove his Thesis with supporting evidence Finally, one brings it all together in his conclusion. This is different than the Baconian method of Scientific Inquiry. People must understand that the Humanities and Sciences are seperate disciplines which demand seperate methods. Scienticians, individuals who view science as the be all to end all, are misguided in their demands to conform everything to their way of doing things. For those individuals I recommend the book A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED by E.F. Schumacher.
Both the Writing Process and Scientific Method are valid ways attaining and transmitting facts. Proof comes under scutiny, i.e. do the Gospels stand under fire from Higher Critics. Blomberg says yes, and provides the evidence. Further, one should understand that this book is indeed an apologetic book. It has been written for the expressed purpose of criticizing Higher Critics and defending the Gospels' authenticity. If people don't like such an idea, then the problem is with them and not this text.
All in all, this is an important work that can change they way one views the Bible. Since this book is specific to the Gospels it is best used as a follow up to THE NEW TEASTAMENT DOCUMENTS: ARE THEY RELIABLE? by F.F. Bruce which lays the foundation of New Testament reliability. Both books along with ON THE RELIABILITY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT by K.A. Kitchen should be required reading for all serious Bible Students.