About Dr. Craig Blomberg (Answering in the Affirmative): Dr. Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He holds the B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, the M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and the Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Craig is the author of twelve books and has co-authored or co-edited eight more, along with dozens of journal articles and chapters in multi-author works. His books include three on the historical reliability and interpretation of the gospels (one specializing in John), two on interpreting and preaching the parables, three commentaries (on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James), a textbook on Jesus and the Gospels and another on Acts through Revelation, two books on material possessions in the Bible, and a handbook on New Testament exegesis.
For almost fifteen years, Craig was the lead teacher for an adult Sunday School class at Mission Hills Baptist Church in Greenwood Village, CO, and also served two terms on the elder board. Today he regularly preaches and teaches in a variety of churches on Sunday mornings. On Sunday evenings, he attends and is part of the leadership team of Scum of the Earth Church in urban Denver, an outreach ministry to “the right-brained and left out” young adults of the metro area.
Craig’s wife, Fran, was once a registered nurse and then a missions pastor. She is currently adjunct professor of Intercultural Ministries at Denver Seminary and is pursuing her Ph.D in Missiology through the International Baptist Seminary in Prague. Craig and Fran have two daughters: Elizabeth (Little), who is married and is employed as a lay student worker at her Methodist Church in Canterbury, England; and Rachel, who is majoring in biochemistry at the University of Rochester, New York.
The Blombergs like to travel, especially during summers, often combining vacation with overseas ministry. Although he faithfully roots for Colorado sports teams, he is also a lifelong Chicago Cubs baseball fan and still fantasizes about seeing them in a World Series some year before he dies.
About Dr. Pamela Eisenbaum (Answering in the Negative): Pamela Eisenbaum is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, and is associate faculty of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. One of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools, she is the author of The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, Invitations to Romans, and most recently, Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle. She has published many essays on the Bible, ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity, and is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature.
A passion for working with ancient manuscripts has increasingly informed her research. Professor Eisenbaum has experience working with the Dead Sea Scrolls and spent time at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin studying the oldest surviving manuscript of Paul’s Letters (dated c. 200 C.E.). She appeared in the ABC documentary, “Jesus and Paul: The Word and the Witness.”