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Jesus and the Gospels

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This intensive guide to the Gospels surveys the largest source of eyewitness information about Jesus' life and ministry--the books of the four apostles who watched Him, spoke with Him, and served Him during his years on earth.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by B&H Academic (first published 1997)
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Jimmy Reagan
Jun 16, 2016 Jimmy Reagan rated it it was amazing
When it comes to New Testament Introduction, the Gospels are so critically important that they are definitely worth a whole volume to themselves. Blomberg has supplied that need as well as any. I read the first edition years ago and was particularly enriched by it. The second edition here is not an extensive revision, though that is a good thing as there are many things too helpful to be changed. The extra material is mostly scholarly developments over the decade between editions.

Part One is ou
John Kight
Feb 27, 2016 John Kight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey by Craig Blomberg has long been praised as one of the best resources available for a serious, well-rounded study of the subject. The first edition was highly acclaimed and received a Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. This second edition builds on the success of the prior edition by bringing updated and additional material on sociology and social-scientific criticism, literary criticism, the Gospel of John ...more
Robert Schut
Feb 03, 2015 Robert Schut rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-testament
This was an excellent book on the gospels. It takes the reader through all the gospels by subject rather than by gospel. In other words, he doesn't take Matthew and go through it from the beginning to the end and then go on to Mark. What he does here is show the connections between the gospels concerning the teachings of Jesus as well as the geographical settings of his ministry. He makes comparisons between how each author tells his story of events in the life of Jesus and his effects upon his ...more
Greg Baughman
Apr 28, 2013 Greg Baughman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a useful resource for the pastor or lay reader. While expansive in its breadth, it is suggestive in its depth. Blomberg does not (or better, could not have in a single volume) delve deeply into any of the topics covered in "Jesus and the Gospels", but his bibliographies at the end of each chapter and the excellent footnotes give the curious reader a very firm direction to head in for further study.

The book is divided into five parts. The first two are largely historical in nature coverin
Nov 15, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it
A great book, both as a reference and just to understand a bit more about Jesus through the Gospels. A little repetitive at times, as well as academic, but such can be expected from a thorough scholarly work. Great for the pastor and lay-leader.
Brent McCulley
In 'Jesus and the Gospels' we have an introduction and survey of the Synoptics and Johannine Gospel accounts, as well as a brief look at literary criticisms, various problems and solutions to the text, historical data, and more. Blomberg does a good job at outlining the progression of textual criticism by surveying their movements, different schools, and the consequences therefrom in reference to the gospels themselves. Although this can serve as a good introductory resource on the topic, there ...more
Michael Goldstein
Jun 20, 2016 Michael Goldstein rated it it was amazing
One of the best overviews you will ever find of the Gospel accounts.
Oct 30, 2013 J. rated it it was amazing
Assigned reading - I'm in a course with Dr. Blomberg and this one of the the text along with the bible. The book is particularly well documented and researched. I purchased the hardback and the electronic version from iBooks. Best read with the NIV version of the bible and following his book by book analysis. You'll know more than you ever dreamed about the New Testament when you finish and most interesting of all for me the various theories that argue against the existence of Christ. He is one ...more
Tyler Holley
It was ok. Decent historical background information!
Matt Beard
May 05, 2016 Matt Beard rated it liked it
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it liked it
A companion of his later From Pentecost to Patmos, this volume examines the life and ministry of Jesus as detailed in the Gospels. Blomberg reviews not only the content of the books themselves, but the way critical scholarship has addressed them and the varying conclusions that have been reached. While broad in scope, Blomberg adeptly covers the content in systematic fashion. Early chapters (background and criticism) were trudged through, but things rallied once the focus shifted.
Chauncey Lattimer
Since it has been 40 years since taking Dr. Henderson's at Lincoln Christian College, I actually enjoyed reading another 'textbook' approach to the Life of Christ and the Gospels. It was good to 'brush up' with the help of an artist. Blomberg has done an excellent job examing the various issues in a brief, but informative manner. His historical reviews of the various schools of interpretation was also both balanced and beneficial.
Mar 07, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Student of Jesus
Shelves: commentaries, bible
A true gem from Dr. Blomberg. It is an excellent overview of Jesus life and the culture within which he lived. He discusses his life chronologically, addresses all the difficult issues, and helps one understand all the difficult teachings in the gospels so much better. Highly recommend this for anyone interested in what Jesus really said and its significance.
Grant Davis
Lot of great stuff in here for the serious biblical student. Sometimes a little overwhelming in its volume of facts. One point of contention on this however, when speaking about facts, the author has a tendency to say "might" or "may", but when it comes to the author's own personal opinion, he uses phrases such as "definitely" and "obviously".
Sep 13, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very readable introduction to the Gospels. Great for gaining an understanding of the background to the New Testament and for getting an overview of the four Gospels. I particularly enjoyed the historical background dealing with the intertestiment period and the prevailing conditions during the first century.
this is a great book and a great reference,... but it's been a bit difficult for me to stay focused on it since it has so many footnotes, so my text to speech software stops mid sentence every page and then reads 1 or more pages of footnotes before continuing the now long forgotten sentence/train of thought.
Mar 29, 2016 Adamzc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical foundation provided as to the state of affairs politically, socially and religiously in Israel as Jesus comes on the scene. Thorough and exhaustively cited. Academic read.
Robert Murphy
Good book, but a resource not to be read straight through( like I had to do for class). His baptistic, even dispensation, values come out now and then, but a scholarly book none the less.
Kelle Craft
Oct 01, 2016 Kelle Craft rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended and very scholarly. Blomberg will not disappoint
Andrew Buehner
Feb 20, 2015 Andrew Buehner rated it liked it
Shelves: bible-background
This is a good read and I enjoyed this book. I read this for a class and we did not read it in the manner that it is presented. I would like to read again from front to back.
May 17, 2007 Don rated it really liked it
Talbot Course: Exegesis in the Gospels

A Solid look into the Life, Times, and Setting of Jesus. It's very thorough and it definitely opened my eyes to a few things!
Jacob Aitken
Decent NT Gospel intro. Interacts some with postmodern readings. Good response to Jesus Seminar.

EDIT: Corrected Jesus Seminar instead of Jesus Seminary.
Joshua Ray
Nov 04, 2015 Joshua Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ggbts
Excellent, comprehensive, and yet accessible and not overly long overview of and introduction to Jesus and the four Gospel accounts of his life.
May 03, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and useful book. One of the most helpful aspects is the frequent discussion of the historicity of the Gospel texts.
This Book is a gem!! Now out in a 2nd edition I find the organization well done. Can be read alone or using a copy of the synoptic gospels.
Daniel Alvers
Jul 27, 2011 Daniel Alvers rated it liked it
This was my second time through this book. I read it for Dr. Cook's class. I like this book ok. It covers lots of stuff.
Dustin Williams
Apr 02, 2013 Dustin Williams rated it really liked it
Skipped around a bit since this is more of a textbook. Especially good introductory material to intertestamental Judaism.
Sep 20, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every pastor
Shelves: theology
A wonderful book which would've helped me in my undergrad New Testament class had it been written back then.
Kevin Myhan
Feb 24, 2011 Kevin Myhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
It was a great survey and introduced me to many new ideas and themes in the Gospels
Heath Salzman
Jun 01, 2015 Heath Salzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seminary, 2015
Great book. This will be an excellent reference book throughout the years.
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