An Introduction and Survey
Category: Biblical Studies
Professor Blomberg sets out to provide a textbook for theological training courses — a systematic and consistent treatment of what he sees as the five main introductory sub-sections of a thorough Introduction to Jesus and The Gospels.
Readers will find that he has succeeded in this goal and perhaps only too well. While the composition is readable and clear, the book has the feel of a densely packed textbook. The full-page simple diagrams and charts clash with the tightly-set blocks of text. Despite the helpful inclusion of 'Questions for Review' at the end of each chapter, it's very easy to plough through the chapters taking in huge masses of information and lists of the four indexes of reliability or five additional themes from Jesus' teaching, but without emerging with the One Big Idea.
Again, this is probably very good for a book that accompanies a taught course. The book is certainly up-to-date, well informed and written. But I would recommend it mainly for group- or lecture-course study and only to be read with a highlighter pen in one hand. In those circumstances, this book is a masterpiece. I'll be using it for my classes.
Conrad Gempf, January 1998
Dr Conrad Gempf teaches New Testament at London School of Theology. He is the author of Jesus Asked (Zondervan, 2003), Mealtime Habits of the Messiah (Zondervan, 2005) and Christian Life & The Bible (LST, 2006). He writes extensively for various books, journals, magazines and websites; here's his blog: Not Quite Art; Not Quite Living.
Previously published by London School of Theology. Reused here by kind permission.Order from www.christianbookshops.org
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