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Questions about the reliability of the New Testament are commonly raised today both by biblical scholars and popular media. Drawing on decades of research, Craig Blomberg addresses all of the major objections to the historicity of the New Testament in one comprehensive volume. Topics addressed include the formation of the Gospels, the transmission of the text, the ...more
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Published November 1st 2016 by B Academic
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Jimmy Reagan
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This massive, thorough book by respected scholar Craig Blomberg is easily the go-to volume regarding the historical reliability of the New Testament. I’m not aware of any volume that could be its legitimate rival. The publishers present it as a major apologetics book, and though that makes sense, it’s also a quality, scholarly reference book. In other words, it succeeds with two audiences: those working in academic trenches and those fighting apologetic battles with our culture. Pastors should ...more
Julius
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Craig Bloomberg's The Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Countering the Challenges to Evangelical Christian Beliefs is a masterful account of over 800 pages devoted solely to establishing the historical reliability of the entire New Testament. The book itself divides into six parts -- covering the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John, Acts and Paul, the rest of the NT, canonicity and transmission, and the problem of miracles. The first four parts of the book are what you might expect. ...more
Michelle
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Homeschoolers and Christian schools
`The Historical Reliability of the New Testament` is an apologetics book written by author Craig L. Blomberg. The title suggests there is proof of what is written in the New Testament. The Table of Contents shows this book is written topically. There are fourteen Chapters which subdivide into six major parts: The Synoptic Gospels, The Gospel of John, Acts and Paul, The Rest of the New Testament, Canonicity and Transmission, The Problem of Miracles. These are written without the use of technical ...more
Roberto Concepcion
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a world full of invention of men and flesh, deep knowledge of the bible is a must, behond the fact of just believing, when it comes to a fair, accurate and balanced defense of the historical reliability of the New Testament, no one does it better today than Craig Blomberg. . . . Another masterpiece from one of the leading voices in New Testament studies. I read it once, and as soon as i have more time i will read it again, i trully believe in science as a support of biblical knowledge, and ...more
Marc Axelrod
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important Work

I thought Dr. Blomberg did a terrific job. Not everyone will agree with every single point made in the book, not even me. Some people will look for other explanations for the differing genealogies of Jesus in the Gospels, some will want to date Matthew and Luke later than the 60s.But a strong case is made for the historical reliability of the New Testament.
John Kight
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questions about the reliability of the New Testament are commonplace in twenty-first-century life. Many of these questions propose a serious challenge to the average churchgoing Christian. Can we be sure that the Gospel narratives provide accurate information concerning Jesus? If so, why are there contradictions among these accounts? How do we know that we have all of the New Testament books? How do we know the New Testament books possess the actual words written by the New Testament authors? It ...more
Lisa Johnson
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: The Historical Reliability of the New Testament
Author: Craig L. Blomberg
Pages: 816
Year: 2016
Publisher: B & H Academics
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Perhaps readers will wonder why someone would want a book of this nature in their book collection or maybe some think they couldn’t understand it or haven’t a desire to peruse such a massive book. There are multiple reasons why people do or don’t pick up a book to read, so I won’t attempt to recite the unending list. What I can share is
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Steven
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In The Historical Reliability of the New Testament scholar and author Craig L. Blomberg has provided a resource that should be in every pastor's library. Building on his earlier work in defending the historicity of the gospels in The Historical Reliability of the Gospels Blomberg explores the origins and the evidence for the historicity of the books of the New Testament.

Blomberg's work begins with the Synoptic gospels addressing their formation. Blomberg makes a solid defense of the use of oral
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We live in a time and in an age where the holy scriptures are always being challenged. Usually this challenge comes from interpretation over certain teachings about God’s commands. Yet when challenged from academia these attacks stab at the Historical reliability of scripture. These attacks are nothing new and have been going on for many generations. It is it is therefore necessary to have a orthodox Christian treatment answering these arguments against the historical reliability of the Bible.
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Dr. Craig Blomberg joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1986. He is currently a distinguished professor of New Testament.

Dr. Blomberg completed his Ph.D. in New Testament, specializing in the parables and the writings of Luke-Acts, at Aberdeen University in Scotland. He received an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a BA from Augustana College. Before joining the faculty of Denver
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