Monday, February 28, 2011

Apologist Interview: Craig Blomberg

Today’s interview is with New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Colorado. He talks about how he got into NT studies, the importance of the Gospels and their dating, how we determine the authorship of the Gospels, how we got four Gospels and not more, the selection of the Gospel canon, the use of non-canonical sources, dealing with miracles account found in historical documents, responding to the claim of contradictions in the Gospels, interpreting historical documents, differences in the Gospel of John, the work and impact of Bart Ehrman, the “all-or-nothing” approach to reliability of scripture, dealing with prophetic passages by Jesus, and advice to Christian apologists.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (53 min)

Books by Craig Blomberg include:
• The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
• Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey
A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis
• Interpreting the Parables
• Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions



  1. pds February 28, 2011

    Awesome Brian! Every apologist worth their salt needs to read the works of contemporary Biblical scholars. We can get too focused on philosophical issues and ignore the importance of Biblical Theological foundations. Not to mention we impoverish ourselves if we ignore excellent New Testament scholars like Bloomberg, NT Wright, Richard Bauckham or Ben Witherington. I love listening to Bill Craig, for example, and I think he articulates his points of view very well, but he is not the best exegete of the Bible so I read others for that. An apologist is only a good as the content he or she defends.

  2. Russell March 4, 2011

    Hi Brian,

    You mentioned that Blomberg has a book or two focusing on eschatology. Do you have a specific one in mind? This is always a tricky subject to find good information on.

  3. Brian Auten March 6, 2011
  4. Russell March 6, 2011

    Thanks Brian!