Epistles of Thomas

April 22, 2009

Jesus of Nazareth by Craig Blomberg

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Those of you participating in my Gospel of Jesus Christ: Historic, Living, Active class might be interested in this article written by Craig L. Blomberg.

Craig L. Blomberg, “Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him and Why It Matters.”

This article is quite detailed at times, but not overwhelmingly so. Blomberg summarises much of what we have talked about in class, especially the first six weeks. If you have friends at work or university who are interested in asking you questions about Jesus or the Gospel this article would be a good place for them (and you) to get further information.

December 1, 2008

Jesus and the Gospels

In January I will be teaching an adult Sunday school class on Jesus. I am looking for a textbook that is advanced enough for a college course but still general enough for Sunday school. What I conceived in my mind is best seen in Craig Blomberg, Jesus and the Gospels. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. Unfortunately it is hardcover and a little expensive, even if I could get enough copies. Amazon.ca is not selling it which makes me a little nervous. I have been looking at Richard A. Burridge, Four Gospels, One Jesus: A Symbolic Reading. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. The price is right but it lacks chapters on cultural background, something which Blomberg has. I’ve been looking through Burridge’s book on Google’s preview and am pleased with what he does have even if my audience does not relate to Winston Churchill.

Does anyone have a favourite textbook that includes both an overview of the cultural period preceding Jesus and an overview of the gospel materials and how they fit within the first century? Or if you have around18 copies of Blomberg’s book and want to sell them for $15 each, I’ll take the lot :).

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