Book Review: The Historical Reliability of the New Testament

historicalThe Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Countering the Challenges to Evangelical Christian Beliefs by Craig L. Blomberg is a mighty tome of over 700 pages of solidly researched materials aimed to bury the objections to the historicity of the Scriptures.

The scholarly work – written in an accessible format for those without an advanced theological degree – covers the length of the New Testament books, their transmission, their canonization, “the formation of the literature, external corroboration of its contents, apparent internal contradictions,…the so-called Gnostic Gospels…and the New Testament Apocrypha” (p xxiii).

In a world full of misinformation and assumptions about the Bible and how theology and historicity can’t go together, this thick book engages historical and current attempts to undermine the reliability of the Bible. The author does so without a condescending attitude and presents evidence and arguments that do not depend on being a Christian to believe, but are based on reliable data, scholarship, historical fact, and logic.

The Historical Reliability of the New Testament is a great book for those who have questions about the reliability of the Bible, those seeking to bolster their faith, and those seeking to engage others in an intellectual discussion regarding the reasonableness and historical validity of the Christian faith.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B& H Publishing Group through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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