Blomberg, Craig L. Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.
Making Sense of the New Testament is a companion volume of Tremper Longman’s Making Sense of the Old Testament, addressing three big issues concerning the historical reliability of the New Testament. The layout of the book is set in three major chapters, each addressing one of Blomberg’s three questions. In the introduction, author Craig Blomberg says that two of the major questions should “deal with the life of Jesus and the ministry of Paul,” while the other question should address how we should apply the New Testament today (13; cf. 14).
Blomberg’s intent in tackling each question is to make sense of the New Testament. Paul Barnett goes as far as to say, “In addressing three crucial questions, Blomberg has given us an imposing, crisply written apologetic that is at once relevant, fair-minded, and comprehensive” (cover). I agree. While reading this book, I saw afresh the continuity of the New Testament and the relationship between Jesus and Paul. So, this introduction to these topics should be highly recommended for those wishing to study the reliability of the message of the New Testament.
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