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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (1 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805410589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805410587
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,662,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Jesus and the Gospels, Craig Blomberg o ffers a comprehensive introduction to relevant issues surrou nding the Gospels. The book offers a historical background t o the New Testament, and presents critical methods for study . ' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Amue on 10 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
A well documented book on a very popular subject. It has many interesting features such as chapters on the Political, Religious and Sccioeconomical backgrounds, which gives the reader a better understanding to the historical background of the gospels. The book is conservative and scholarly and yet accessable to the layperson. The three detailed indexes (Author, Subject and Scriptural) are very helpful for instant access. I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in studying the life of Jesus Christ for you will refer to it again and again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Brown on 16 April 2013
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I received the book with writing in it and also various post it notes attached. Terrible, and it was supposed to have been a present for someone.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Jesus & the gospels 3 Mar. 2000
By Justin Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Blomberg's work is an absolute delight. After years of teaching courses on Jesus and the Gospels, he committed himself to write out word for word everything he wanted his students to know. The result of working through this book (complete with review questions at the end of every chapter) is that you can essentially have Blomberg as your teacher for $22 (minus the tuition, parking, and grade!).
The work is divided up in 5 sections: Historical Background for Studying the Gospels; Critical Methods for Studying the Gospels; Introduction to the Four Gospels; A Survey of the Life of Christ; and Historical and Theological Syntheses.
Blomberg works through the critical issues methodically. The eye for detail, the insightful exegesis, and the delightful prose all make this work hard to surpass as an introduction and survey. It truly is a "one-stop" shopping textbook. I expect to turn to it repeatedly throughout the years for the incredible amount of information packed into its 400 pp. In many senses it serves to function as an ultra-condensed commentary in certain parts.
Blomberg seems to be rare in the scholary field as his work has not alone a commitment to excellence in scholarship, but also a passion to communicate the gospel today. He often points out reasonable application that the text might offer us. He seems as if he is able to worship as he writes and teaches. May his tribe increase!
One improvement could have been further discussion and explanation of geographical pointers and significance. Blomberg treats the topic in just a couple of pages and then continues on.
All in all, this is an excellent volume, and deserves a wide readership.
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For the Studious 13 Oct. 2002
By Jeremy Garman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a textbook for a Life of Christ Class and found it to be an excellent resource. It gives more than you ever wanted to know on a broad range of subjects. An excellent book but not an easy read.
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Impressive conservative introduction to the gospels 7 Oct. 2004
By David L Rattigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a former conservative, I find Craig Blomberg stands out among evangelical biblical scholars for his integrity, his reasoned approach and his scholarly engagement with critical issues.

Jesus and the Gospels is a comprehensive work that introduces readers to the background of the four gospels, including historical details, social setting and the process of composition, for example. Blomberg makes use of a wide range of critical sources, including recent Jesus scholarship and social-scientific criticism. Conclusions are generally conservative, but highly nuanced.

This is certainly recommended as a source of insight into Jesus' life and times. It is pitched roughly at undergraduate standard. Personally, I have found it a valuable reference tool in my career as a teacher of Religious Education.
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Good if the academic approach is what you're after 27 Feb. 2006
By James Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is packed with information that anyone wanting to do a thorough study on the life of Christ or the four canonical Gospels should not be ignorant of. It can be read through or just used as a reference book, whatever helps you most.

There is a map of "Israel in the First Century" on page 56. It is important to review this if your geography is as poor as mine, especially when reading through part four - "A Survey of the Life of Christ". Perhaps the usefulness of this book could have been increased if the inside covers were used for maps.

Though very readable this book is still very academic in tone. Immediately before or straight after this book I would personally recommend you read a good book that really reminds you of the glory of Christ, his finished work on the Cross and his spectacular resurrection (in fact I would recommend anything in the "puritan paperbacks" series). Let's not be fence sitters! Let's not be undecided! Let's not be sterile! The central subject of Blomberg's book is a true wonder - how can we contain ourselves!?

Blomberg, as gentlemanly as he himself is, appears to have a disdain for "fundamentalist" types (and what I'm saying here is more anecdotal than anything else - apologies). He and others of his stature seem to think of fundamentalists as having their heads in the sand and/or lacking erudition. Myself, as a self-confessed fundamentalist Christian, would encourage my fellow fundamentalists to be well informed, well read and ready "to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3), not being discouraged by criticism from academics.

To say that this book is "Better than Edersheim's Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah" is a rather obvious point. Alfred Edersheim wrote in the late 1800's. Times have changed, much research has taken place, and publishing standards have forced greater "user-friendliness".
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great book, packed with information. 22 Sept. 2001
By "cubanews" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Blomberg is a heavy-duty, serious Biblical scholar. This study of the gospels is packed with information suitable for both students and readers of the New Testament. Packed with detailed notes and scholarly insight. This isn't a breezy commentary, so look elsewhere if that's your bag. This is serious scholarship, although not so serious that a general reader won't enjoy it. A great book on the subject by one of the best of today's thinkers.
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