Dr. Blomberg challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. He examines the authenticity of the words, actions, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus, and presents compelling evidence for the traditional biblical teachings. THE TWELVE REASONS:
1.We have highly reliable copies of the texts of what Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote.
2. Thee authors were in a position to report accurate historical information.
3. All four gospels were written during the first century of Christianity.
4. The gospel writers would have wanted to preserve accurate history.
5. Ancient cultures meticulously cultivated the art of memorization.
6. The differences among the gospels closely match the patterns of ancient storytelling.
7. The literary genre of the gospels most resembles that of the other more trustworthy histories and biographies from the ancient world.
8. The presence of the "hard sayings" of Jesus supports the Gospels' historicity.
9. The "missing topics" Jesus does not address also support historical reliability.
10. The testimony of non-Christian writers confirms the general contours of Christ's life.
11. Archaeology has confirmed even more circumstantial details in the Gospels.
12. The testimony of other early Christian writers supports many remaining details.
BIO: 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 four 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, two commentaries (on Matthew and 1 Corinthians), a textbook on Jesus and the Gospels and another on Acts through Revelation, and two books on material possessions in the Bible. He is a regular adult Sunday School teacher and has twice served terms as elder at Mission Hills Baptist Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and he periodically is a guest teacher and preacher elsewhere. He is also active with Scum of the Earth Church on Sunday nights in urban Denver, an outreach ministry to “the right-brained and left out” young adults of the metro area.
Craig’s wife, Fran, has been a registered nurse and a missions pastor. She is currently adjunct professor of Intercultural Ministries at Denver Seminary and is pursuing her Doctorate in Missiology through Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Craig and Fran have two daughters, Beth, who is studying creative writing at Roehampton University in London, England and Rachel, who is in the International Baccalaureate program at Littleton High School. Beth is engaged to be married, in the summer of 2008, to Jonathan Little, of Horsham, England.
The Blombergs like to travel, especially during summers, often combining vacation with overseas ministry. For recreation Craig plays the piano and enjoys swimming and walking the many trails in and around Denver. 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.