The Case for Christmas 3

Carrying on with Strobel’s book ‘The Case for Christmas’. He writes about eyewitness testimony being crucial to any investigation even in historical matters. To get answers he arranges an interview with Dr. Craig L. Blomberg, PHD, considered to be one of the foremost authorities on the biographies of Jesus. He has a doctorate from Aberdeen University in Scotland and has served as a senior research fellow at Cambridge University in England.

Strobel challenges Blomberg with a series of questions:

  • Is it really possible to be an intelligent, critically, thinking person and still believe that the four gospels were written by the people whose names have been attached to them? To simplify Blomberg’s answer was Yes
  • How uniform was the belief that they were the authors? It was not disputed, there was no reason to attribute authorship to any one else, and the gospels were based on eyewitness material.
  • Some scholars say the gospels were written so far after the events that legend developed from merely a wise teacher into the mythological Son of God. Is that a reasonable hypothesis or is there good evidence that the gospels were recorded earlier than that, before legend could totally corrupt what was recorded? The standard dating of the gospels range from AD 70-90 within the lifetime of eyewitnesses of Jesus, including hostile eyewitnesses who would have corrected any false teachings about Jesus. The two earliest biographies of Alexander the Great were written more than 400 years after his death, yet historians consider them accurate.
  • How early can we date the fundamental beliefs of the Christians? Within two years. The crucifixion was about AD30, Paul’s conversion was about AD32, he met with the apostles about AD35. All within two to five years of the events themselves.

So that closes Chapter 1.

Summarizing this is more difficult that I thought it would be. Next installment when I get around to it will be ‘Archaeology and the New Testament’.

The Case for Christmas 1

The Case for Christmas 2

4 Responses

  1. Hi Vic Grace,
    I’m here to check my link and I had to go back and read the two previous posts on this as well.
    Interesting sounding book. I’ll have to come back and see what else you found.

  2. Very interesting….I came looking for Heads or Tails but am blogrolling you now to come again.

  3. Yep, I just read your previous two articles on this. I’ll be interested to read your continuing reviews on the book.

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