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Dr. Craig Blomberg

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Dr. Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He holds his PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of twelve books and has co-authored or co-edited seven more, along with dozens of journal articles and chapters in multi-author works. His books include three on the historical reliability and interpretation of the gospels (one on John), two on interpreting and preaching the parables, and three commentaries (on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James). Dr. Blomberg has been a member of CBT since 2008.

Education

Augustana College, B.A. Summa Cum Laude
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, M.A.
University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Ph.D.

Publications
Books Authored

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 1987). German translation, 1998.
Interpreting the Parables (Downers Grove and Leicester: IVP, 1990). Korean translation, 1996; German translation, 1998; Russian translation 2005.
Matthew [New American Commentary] (Nashville: Broadman, 1992).
1 Corinthians [NIV Application Commentary] (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994).
How Wide the Divide? A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation, with Stephen E. Robinson (Downers Grove: IVP, 1997).
Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey (Nashville: Broadman; Leicester: IVP, 1997). German translation, 2000. Korean translation, 2008. Portuguese translation, 2009.
Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Leicester: IVP, 1999). French translation, 2001. Spanish translation, 2003.
Heart, Soul and Money: A Christian View of Possessions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 2000).
The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel: Issues and Commentary (Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 2001).
Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions (Grand Rapids: Baker; Leicester: IVP, 2004). Korean translation 2005.
Preaching the Parables: From Responsible Interpretation to Powerful Proclamation (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004).
Contagious Holiness: Jesus’ Meals with Sinners (Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 2005).
From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation (Nashville: Broadman & Holman)], 2006).
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (Nottingham: Apollos; Downers Grove: IVP, rev. 2007).
Jesus and the Gospels, Revised Edition (Nashville: Broadman & Holman; Nottingham: IVP, 2009).
Revision of Interpreting the Parables (Downers Grove: IVP). 2010

Books Co-Authored

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, with William W. Klein and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. (Dallas: Word, 1993). Korean translation, 1999. Rev. ed. Nashville: Nelson, 2004. Chinese translation, 2005.
James, with Mariam J. Kamell [Zondervan Exegetical Commentary] (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008).
Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, with Jennifer Markley (Grand Rapids: Baker, Nov. 2010).

Books Co-Edited

Gospel Perspectives, vol. 6, co-ed. with David Wenham (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1986).
Solid Ground: 25 Years of Evangelical Theology, ed. Carl P. Trueman, Tony J. Gray and Craig L. Blomberg (Leicester: IVP, 2000).
Two Views of Women in Ministry, co-ed. with James R. Beck (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001).
A Case for Historic Premillennialism, co-ed. with Sung Wook Chung (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009).

Peer Reviewed/Scholarly Articles

“The Burden of Proof,” with Stewart C. Goetz, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 11 (1981) 39-63
“New Horizons in Parable Research,” Trinity Journal, n. s. 3 (1982) 3-17.
“Midrash, Chiasmus, and the Outline of Luke’s Central Section,” in Gospel Perspectives, vol. 3, ed. R. T. France & David Wenham (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1983), 217-61.
“When Is A Parallel Really A Parallel? A Test Case: The Lucan Parables,” Westminster Theological Journal 46 (1984) 78-103.
“Preaching the Parables: Preserving Three Main Points,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 11 (1984) 31-41.
“The Law in Luke-Acts,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 22 (1984) 53-80.
“Tradition and Redaction in the Parables of the Gospel of Thomas,” in Gospel Perspectives, vol. 5, ed. David Wenham (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1985) 177-205.
“The New Testament Miracles and Higher Criticism: Climbing Up the Slippery Slope?” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 27 (1984) 425-38.
“The Legitimacy and Limits of Harmonization,” in Hermeneutics, Authority, and Canon, ed. D. A. Carson & John D. Woodbridge (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986) 135-74.
“The Miracles as Parables,” in ibid., 327-59.
“Concluding Reflections on Miracles and Gospel Perspectives,” in ibid., 443-57.
“Synoptic Studies: Some Recent Methodological Developments and Debate,” Themelios 12 (1987) 38-46. Repr. in The Best of Theology, vol. 2, ed. Paul Fromer (carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today Inc., 1988), 117-35.
“Elijah, Election, and the Use of Malachi in the New Testament,” Criswell Theological Review 2 (1987) 99-117.
“The Structure of 2 Corinthians 1-7,” Criswell Theological Review 4 (1989) 3-20.
“New Testament Genre Criticism for the 1990s,” Themelios 15 (1990) 40-49.
“Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage and Celibacy: An Exegesis of Matthew 19:3-12,” Trinity Journal n.s. 11 (1990) 161-96.
“Interpreting the Parables of Jesus: Where Are We and Where Do We Go From Here?” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 53 (1991) 50-78.
“The Diversity of Literary Genres in the New Testament,” in New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, ed. David A. Black and David S. Dockery (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991) 507-32.
“The Sabbath as Fulfilled in Christ,” in The Sabbath in Jewish and Christian Traditions, ed. Tamara Eskenazi, Daniel Harrington, and William Shea (Denver: Denver University Center for Judaic Studies, 1991) 122-28.
“The Liberation of Illegitimacy: Women and Rulers in Matthew 1-2,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 21 (1991) 145-50.
“Degrees of Reward in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 35 (1992) 159-72.
“On Wealth and Worry: Matthew 6:19-34-Meaning and Significance,” Criswell Theological Review 6 (1992) 73-89.
“The Image of God in Humanity: A Biblical-Psychological Perspective,” with R. Ward Wilson, Themelios 18.3 (1993) 8-15.
“To What Extent is John Historically Reliable?” in Perspectives on John: Method and Interpretation in the Fourth Gospel, ed. Robert B. Sloan and Mikeal C. Parsons (Lewiston: Mellen, 1993) 27-56.
“The Implications of Globalization for Biblical Understanding,” in The Globalization of Theological Education, ed. Robert A. Evans, Alice F. Evans, and David Roozen (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1993) 213-28, 240-45.
” ‘Your Faith Has Made You Whole’: The Evangelical Liberation Theology of Jesus,” in Jesus of Nazareth, Lord and Christ, ed. Joel B. Green and Max Turner (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994) 75-93.
“The Parables of Jesus: Current Trends in Needs and Research,” in Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluation of the State of Current Research, ed. Bruce Chilton and Craig A. Evans (Leiden: Brill, 1994) 231-54.
“Historical Criticism of the New Testament,” in Foundations for Biblical Interpretation, ed. David S. Dockery, Kenneth A. Mathews, and Robert B. Sloan (Nashville: Broadman, 1994) 414-33.
“The Historical Reliability of the New Testament,” in Reasonable Faith by William L. Craig (Wheaton: Crossway, 1994) 193-231.
“The Seventy-Four ‘Scholars’: Who Does the Jesus Seminar Really Speak For?” Christian Research Journal 17.2 (1994) 32-38.
“Critical Issues in New Testament Studies for Evangelicals Today,” in A Pathway into the Holy Scripture, ed. Philip E. Satterthwaite and David F. Wright (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994) 51-79.
“Where Do We Start Studying Jesus?” in Jesus under Fire, ed. Michael J. Wilkins and J. P. Moreland (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995) 17-50.
“Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels for Preaching,” Faith and Mission 12 (1994) 22-43.
“The Kingdom of God and Evangelical Theological Education,” Didaskalia 6.2 (1995) 14-35.
“The Globalization of Biblical Interpretation-A Test Case: John 3-4,” Bulletin of Biblical Research 5 (1995) 1-15.
“The Globalization of Biblical Hermeneutics,” in Evangelical Hermeneutics, ed. Michael Bauman and David Hall (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1995) 31-51; also in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 38 (1995) 581-93.
“Poetic Fiction, Subversive Speech, and Proportional Analogy in the Parables,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 18 (1996) 115-32.
“The Christian and the Law of Moses,” in Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts, ed. I. Howard Marshall and David Peterson (Grand Rapids and Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1998) 397-416.
“Eschatology and the Church: Some New Testament Perspectives,” Themelios 23.3 (1998) 3-26; repr. in Solid Ground: 25 Years of Evangelical Theology, ed. Carl P. Trueman, Tony J. Gray and Craig L. Blomberg (Leicester: IVP, 2000) 84-107.
“Give Me Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A New Testament Theology of Material Possessions,” Stone-Campbell Journal 2 (1999) 209-26.
“El antiguo testamento y las posesiones materiales,” Kairós 23 (1998) 53-73.
“Las posesiones materiales en la enseñanza de Jesús según los Evangelios Sinópticos,” Kairós 24 (1999) 7-29.
“Las posesiones materiales en el cristianismo primitivo,” Kairós 25 (1999) 7-27.
“The Past, Present and Future of American Evangelical Theological Scholarship” in ibid., 310-19.
“The Diversity of Literary Genres,” revised, in Interpreting the New Testament, ed. David A. Black and David S. Dockery (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001) 272-95.
“Neither Hierarchicalist nor Egalitarian: Gender Roles in Paul,” in ibid., 329-72; rev. ed. in Paul and His Theology, ed. Stanley E. Porter (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006) 283-326.
“Where Should Twenty-First-Century Evangelical Biblical Scholarship Be Heading?” Bulletin for Biblical Research 11 (2001) 161-71.
“The Historical Reliability of John: Rushing in Where Angels Fear to Tread?” in Jesus in Johannine Tradition, ed. Robert T. Fortna and Tom Thatcher (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001) 71-82.
“The Synoptic Problem: Where We Stand at the Start of a New Century,” in Rethinking the Synoptic Problem, ed. David A. Black and David Beck (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001) 17-40.
“Is Mormonism Christian?” in The New Mormon Challenge, ed. Carl Mosser, Paul Owen and Frank T. Beckwith (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002) 315-32.
“The New Testament Definition of Heresy (or When Do Jesus and the Apostles Really Get Mad?)” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 45 (2002) 59-72. Spanish translation in Kairós 39 (2006) 37-59.
“Interpreting Old Testament Prophetic Literature in Matthew: Double Fulfillment,” Trinity Journal 23 (2002) 17-33.
“Applying 1 Corinthians in the Early Twenty-First Century,” Southwestern Journal of Theology 45 (2002) 19-38.
“Messiah in the New Testament,” in Israel’s Messiah in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ed. Richard S. Hess and M. Daniel Carroll R. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003) 111-41.
“John and Jesus,” in The Face of New Testament Studies, ed. Scot McKnight and Grant R. Osborne (Grand Rapids: Baker; Leicester: IVP, 2004) 209-26.
“Better Things in This Case: The Superiority of Today’s New International Version in Hebrews,” Bible Translator 55 (2004) 310-18.
“Today’s New International Version: The Untold Story of a Good Translation,” in Perspectives on the TNIV from Leading Scholars and Pastors (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004), 85-115; Bible Translator 56 (2005): 187-211.
“The New Testament Concept of Salvation: An Evangelical Christian Perspective,” in Salvation in Christ: Comparative Christian Views, ed. Roger R. Keller and Robert L. Millet (Provo: Religious Studies Center, BYU, 2005), 29-51.
“Women in Ministry: A Complementarian Perspective,” Two Views of Women in Ministry, ed. James R. Beck (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, rev. 2005), 123-89.
“The Most Often Abused Verses in the Sermon on the Mount-And How to Treat Them Right,” Southwestern Journal of Theology 46 (2004): 1-17.
“On Building and Breaking Barriers: Forgiveness, Salvation and Christian Counseling with Special Reference to Matthew 18:15-35,” Journal of Psychology and Christianity 25 (2006): 137-54.
“Matthew,” in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, ed. D. A. Carson and Gregory K. Beale (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007), 1-109.
“God and Money: A Biblical Theology of Possessions,” in A Revolution in Generosity: Transforming Stewards To Be Rich Toward God, ed. Wesley K. Willmer (Chicago: Moody, 2008), 45-62.
“Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him and Why It Matters,” for the Christian Campus Initiative, posted at www.gospelcoalition.org (2008).
“‘But We See Jesus’: The Relationship between the Son of Man in Hebrews 2:6 and Verse 9 and the Implications for English Translations,” in A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in Its Ancient Contexts, ed. Richard Bauckham, Daniel Driver, Trevor Hart, and Nathan MacDonald (London: T&T Clark, 2008), 88-99.
“The Posttribulationism of the New Testament: Leaving Left Behind Behind,” in A Case for Historic Premillennialism, ed. Craig L. Blomberg and Sung Wook Chung (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009), 61-87.
“Jesus, Sinners and Table Fellowship,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 19 (2009): 35-62.

General Articles

“The Four Evangelists,” and “Jesus the Miracle Worker,” in Jesus 2000, ed. Robin Keely (Oxford: Lion, 1989) 42-48, 82-87.
“Response to Catherine Kroeger: 1 Timothy 2,” Journal of Biblical Equality 1 (1989) 44-49.
“How the Church Can Turn the Other Cheek and Still Be Political,” Southern Baptist Public Affairs 2.1 (1990) 10-12.
“Dream Job,” Journal for Case Teaching 5 (1993) 67-70.
“Is Affluence Good?” Faith and Economics 40 (Fall 2002) 11-14.
“Mastering Mammon,” Christian Reflection 9 (2003): 19-26.
“This Faith is Mine,” in College Faith 2, ed. Ronald A. Knott (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 2004), 36-37.
“Canonical and Apocryphal Gospels: How Historically Reliable Are They?” From Athens to Jerusalem 6.3 (2006): 1-7.
“A Theology of Money,” Youth Worker Journal 24.2 (2008): 50-53.

Review Articles

“Not Beyond What Is Written: A Review of Aída Spencer’s Beyond the Curse,” Criswell Theological Review 3 (1988) 403-21.
“The Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith: Harmony or Conflict?” in Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? ed. Paul Copan (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998) 99-116.
“Sizing Up the Divide: Reviews and Replies,” BYU Studies 38 (1999) 163-90 (“Response” section-176-83).
“The Wright Stuff: A Critical Review of Jesus and the Victory of God,” in Jesus and the Restoration of Israel, ed. Carey C. Newman (Downers Grove: IVP, 1999) 19-39.
“Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology-A Review Article,” Themelios 27 (2002) 19-22.
“An Evangelical Response to Alexander and Kurka,” in Evangelicalism and the Stone-Campbell Movement, ed. William R. Baker (Downers Grove: IVP, 2002) 152-58.
“Mission in the Bible: Non-existent in the Old Testament but Ubiquitous in the New? A Review Article,” Themelios 32.2 (2007): 62-74.

Dictionary Entries

“Form Criticism,” “Gospels (Historical Reliability),” and “Healing,” in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, ed. Joel B. Green, Scot McKnight, I. Howard Marshall (Leicester & Downers Grove: IVP, 1992) 243-50, 291-98, 299-307.
“The Unity and Diversity of Scripture,” in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, ed. T. D. Alexander and Brian S. Rosner (Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 2000) 64-72.
“Materialism,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 3, ed. Katharine D. Sakenfeld (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008), 835-36.

Bible Translation and Notes

“John,” in the Apologetics Study Bible, ed. J. P. Moreland (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2007), 1567-1618 .

Additional Information
Areas of Academic Interest and Research

  • New Testament (esp. Matthew, parables, miracles, historical Jesus, Luke-Acts, John, 1 Corinthians, James),
  • The historical trustworthiness of Scripture
  • Biblical teaching on money and stewardship
  • Gender roles
  • Mormonism
  • Hermeneutics
  • Exegetical method

Personal

Dr. Blomberg is married to his wife Fran; together they have two grown daughters

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