Craig Blomberg has written extensively on the historical reliability of the Gospels. In the relevant article in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, he identifies a number of factors that support the probability that the Gospels faithfully preserve the oral traditions on which they are based.
1. Jesus was perceived by his followers as one who proclaimed God’s Word in a way which demanded careful retelling.
2. Over ninety percent of his teachings has poetic elements which would have made them easy to memorize.
Towards the end of his thorough survey of biblical teaching on money and possessions, Craig Blomberg draws the following conclusions:-
1. Material possessions are a good gift from God meant for his people to enjoy
God created a good world, desires that all have at least some property, and blessed Israel with material possessions in response to their obedience. Job, Abraham, David and Solomon demonstrate that riches and godliness can co-exist, if sometimes precariously. Wisdom literature teaches that wholesome work is rewarded materially. …
Writing on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (IVP), Craig Blomberg discusses seven areas of apparent disagreement between the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). For each, Blomberg indicates how the apparent difficulty might be resolved:-
(1) The theologies of the Evangelists may seem to conflict. Mark portrays the disciples as without understanding following Jesus’ walking on the water (Mk 6:52); Matthew has them worship him as the Son of God (Mt 14:33).…
I’ve been posting, off and on, on Tom Wright’s Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision. Haven’t finished yet. Reviews have starting appearing, and I was particularly interested to read that of Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. Blomberg writes:
Throughout his prolific writing career, Wright has increasingly centered his attention on the breadth of the gospel message being much more than how an individual attains salvation, defined as life in heaven after death.…
Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He’s the author of a number of fine books, including one on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels and another on the The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel.
I was interested to read this recent interview with Blomberg over at Justin Taylor’s blog, Between Two Worlds.
Blomberg shows that the kind of approach to the inerrancy question that James Orr was advocating a century ago is still, thankfully, alive and kicking.…
Reflection of the subject of miraculous healing has led me to the conclusion that such healing should be considered really possible, yet exceptional. The rationale for such an approach is well put by Craig Blomberg in the article ‘Healing’ in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. He writes as follows:-