NT220-OLThe Reliability Of The Gospels

NT220-OL : The Reliability Of The Gospels (1.5 Credit)
Academic Year : all year round
About this course

At the very heart of the Christian faith is the person of Jesus of Nazareth. The documents from which we learn almost all we know about him are the four New Testament Gospels. But are they historically reliable? How can we know? Were they reliably transmitted and translated? Do other Gospels besides Matthew, Mark, Luke and John contain trustworthy information about Jesus? Why are Matthew, Mark and Luke so similar to each other and why is John so different from all three of them? Can we believe in the amazing miracles stories they contain, including a virgin birth and resurrection from the dead? These and related questions will be the focus of our investigation.

Course Objectives

To understand their process of the Gospels’ composition, transmission, canonization and translation; to defend the credibility of their miracles, to recognize the nature of ancient biography and historiography; and in general to gain greater confidence in their reliability.


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Lecturer : Craig Blomberg
Prof Craig Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has been teaching since 1986. He has authored, co- authored, and edited numerous books and articles, including full-length commentaries on Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and James; and has been on translation committees for several Bible translations, especially for the New International Version. Topics of interest in his writings include the historical reliability of the Scriptures, wealth and poverty, hermeneutics, and the parables of Jesus.
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