The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel: Issues and Commentary

This isn’t a new book.  It was actually published 10, nearly 11 years ago now.  But in light of the resurgence of interest in Johannine historical issues (thanks in large part to the work of the SBL John, Jesus and History section) I asked the nice folk at IVP Academic to send a review copy and they did.

I’m interested in it precisely because it is counter to my own views on the gospel’s historicity and I hope to learn from it something insightful.  However, be forewarned, the entire program of investigating the historicity of particulars in the Gospels (including John) is suspect to me.  Biblical texts are theological texts- sermons- the Word of God proclaimed and historical matters are at most tangential.

But I’m willing to hear Blomberg’s case.  I’ll post my review here.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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2 Responses to The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel: Issues and Commentary

  1. Doug says:

    cough cough, mumble mumble. I just bought this book.


  2. Deane says:

    “One should doubtless keep an open mind…though open at both ends, like the food pipe, and have a capacity for excretion as well as intake.”
    – Northrop Frye, The Great Code

    In the case of Blomberg’s mind-food, you may have to make use of the lower “opening” more often than not. But good on you for having a taste.


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