Title: The Historical Reliability of the New Testament
Author: Craig L. Blomberg
Publisher: B & H Academics
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Perhaps readers will wonder why someone would want a book of this nature in their book collection or maybe some think they couldn’t understand it or haven’t a desire to peruse such a massive book. There are multiple reasons why people do or don’t pick up a book to read, so I won’t attempt to recite the unending list. What I can share is this is the type of book I enjoy because it stretches my understanding, and in my family brings about some great conversations.
I also want to encourage readers to read with discernment and view what is offered through the lens of Scripture not vice versa. Why? Because the only infallible book on earth is the Bible. I appreciate the length an author must go to as he puts together his research, thoughts, findings and his faith. While it may not be stated out rightly what this author believes, one cannot help but see a glimpse in the pages.
The book is written for the academia avenue. I found the writing easy to follow and at times very thought provoking. Did I agree with everything stated? No. What I did though was look for the nuggets of truth that helped deepen my faith, understanding and cause me to wrestle with knowledge. I am not one who is easily impressed or intimated by questioning an author regardless of the number of degrees they have attained. I commend their study and pursuits, but I have learned to read with discernment. If I don’t understand something, it is okay; I simply continue to move forward in the pages.
Recently, my oldest son was home along with his girlfriend and we had a very enjoyable time discussing some of the topics in the book. My husband brought his knowledge and understanding into the discussion and at times my youngest son did as well. We, as a family, hadn’t done something like that in a long time and each person contributed to the discussion, which drew us closer together. We weren’t drawn closer because we agreed on everything, but because we were talking about God and His Word.
In my youth, the push to learn was always there. It wasn’t formal education; it was learning for the joy of it. The joy of learning has now been passed down to another generation. Each one brings a unique aspect, heart and mind when we gather and enjoy conversations about what the Lord is teaching us through reading, movies, sermons, etc. As a mother, I know of no greater joy than to know that my sons walk in the truth. Maybe next year your family can enjoy such conversations about books such as this one by Craig L. Blomberg and other authors.
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