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Worth Reading but Weighty,
This review is from: Historical Reliability of the Gospels (Paperback)
This book is an excellent primer in the study of the Gospels as historical records for the non-specialist reader who is prepared to read a book that is "weighty" in the academic sense of having a good scholarly apparatus (numerous footnotes and a 57-page Bibliography) and in the literal sense (it is four hundred pages long).
Blomberg describes and discusses the various methods by which scholars have studied the Gospels as historical documents. He discusses the specific problems of the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John and of Miracles. He also looks at references to Jesus in early Greek, Roman and Jewish sources, and discusses the apocryphal gospels and the Nag Hammadi documents. Finally, there is an appendix critiquing the books of Bart Ehrman.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the question suggested by its title. However, you will have to treat it as a textbook and, if you would like to read something at a more popular level, I suggest FF Bruce, "The New Testament Documents: are they reliable?"