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The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel

Craig L Blomberg

The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel

Craig L Blomberg

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Throughout much of the twentieth century the Fourth Gospel took a back seat to the Synoptics when it came to historical reliability. Consequently, the contemporary quest of the historical Jesus discounted or excluded evidence from the Fourth Gospel.

The question of the historical reliability of John's Gospel is well overdue for a thorough reinvestigation and reassessment. In this foundational study, Craig L. Blomberg sheds new light on persistent questions. He presents his conclusions largely in commentary form, following the principal scenes of the Gospel. His introduction frames the pathway into the discussion, taking up critical issues such as:

  • authorship, date and provenance of the Fourth Gospel
  • sources and omissions of the Fourth Gospel
  • points where John's Gospel interlocks with the Synoptics
  • general indications of historicity
  • literary genre and unique audience of this Gospel
  • burden of proof and criteria of authenticity
In his commentary examining the text of the Fourth Gospel, Blomberg asks two essential questions. First, using the recently nuanced criteria of authenticity, "What positive evidence do we have that the actions or words of the characters in John's narratives are indeed historical?" Second, "Is there anything in the text . . . that is implausible within the historical context to which it is attributed, particularly if we assume the general historical trustworthiness of the Synoptics?"

The result is a seminal work for the present day--one that affirms the historical reliability of John's Gospel with intelligence and sure-footed care.
-Publisher.

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Throughout much of the twentieth century the Fourth Gospel took a back seat to the Synoptics when it came to historical reliability. Consequently, the contemporary quest of the historical Jesus discounted or excluded evidence from the Fourth Gospel.

The question of the historical reliability of John's Gospel is well overdue for a thorough reinvestigation and reassessment. In this foundational study, Craig L. Blomberg sheds new light on persistent questions. He presents his conclusions largely in commentary form, following the principal scenes of the Gospel. His introduction frames the pathway into the discussion, taking up critical issues such as:

  • authorship, date and provenance of the Fourth Gospel
  • sources and omissions of the Fourth Gospel
  • points where John's Gospel interlocks with the Synoptics
  • general indications of historicity
  • literary genre and unique audience of this Gospel
  • burden of proof and criteria of authenticity
In his commentary examining the text of the Fourth Gospel, Blomberg asks two essential questions. First, using the recently nuanced criteria of authenticity, "What positive evidence do we have that the actions or words of the characters in John's narratives are indeed historical?" Second, "Is there anything in the text . . . that is implausible within the historical context to which it is attributed, particularly if we assume the general historical trustworthiness of the Synoptics?"

The result is a seminal work for the present day--one that affirms the historical reliability of John's Gospel with intelligence and sure-footed care.
-Publisher.


- Koorong

For many scholars, harmonising John with the Synoptic gospels has proved to be impossible, and this has led to deeper questions about John's trustworthiness as an historical source for the life of Jesus. This book offers a new interpretation.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Craig L Blomberg

Dr. Craig Blomberg (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is currently a distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, before joining the faculty he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and was a research fellow in Cambridge, England with Tyndale House.

In addition to writing numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries or encyclopaedias, he has authored or edited 15 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, Matthew (New American Commentary series), 1 Corinthians (NIV Application Commentary series), Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Posessions, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and Contagious Holiness: Jesus Meals with Sinners.
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5 stars By Stuart, Mar 07 2013
Blomberg has significantly added to our understanding of the historicity of John's Gospel. He writes clearly, with both the academic and lay person in mind, providing intelligent and wise commentary. The book also provides a critique for those who would propose that John's gospel is unhistorical and simply a product of the Johannine community. The bibliography is comprehensive and helpful and provides avenues for further exploration on various issues.
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  • Catalogue Code 171474
  • Product Code 0851114849
  • EAN 9780851114842
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category New Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category John
  • Publisher Apollos
  • Publication Date Nov 2001
  • Sales Rank #25929
  • Dimensions 230 x 166 x 34 mm
  • Weight 0.679kg

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