Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Review: The Historcial Reliability of the New Testament by Craig L Blomberg

For centuries, people have challenged the reliability of the New Testament especially the four gospels. Many have wondered why the gospels had a lot of similarities and some differences. These challenges come from men and women who cannot accept the message of the Bible.

Craig Blomberg has written a good resource that will equip Christians to defend the faith. The book is titled, The Historcial Reliability of the New Testament. Now when one picks up the book, they might want to put it down because it is very lengthy, but it is worth it. Blomberg begins with the formation of the synoptic gospels, which are Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The reason they are called the synoptic gospels is how close they are in reading material. Blomberg continues to discuss the differences and similarities of the synoptic gospels.

Next, Blomberg deals with the gospel of John, which has a lot difference than the synoptic gospels with the exception of feeding the 5,000 and the death, burial, & resurrection of Christ. He even dives into the evidence of the accuracy of John. Blomberg goes on to deal with the rest of the New Testament which he finishes off with Revelation which does make for an interesting discussion regarding the reliability of the New Testament.

The book concludes with looking at texts outside the New Testament canon such as the Apocrypha. Then Blomberg goes into textual criticism and how the New Testament was formed. Finally, Blomberg devotes an entire chapter on the miracles of the New Testament and if miracles still happen to this day.

There is so much information in this book that my review will not do it justice. I encourage you to pick up this book and read it carefully. Don't let the size intimate you.

Thanks B&H Publishing for letting me review this book.

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