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Summary and Conclusions

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Lesson

Blomberg summarizes the main points he has been making.

Outline

I. ANCIENT SOURCES FOR A KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS

II. GOSPELS

A. The reliability of the text of the Gospels

B. The Aaccuracy of translations of the Gospels

C. First-Century, First- or Second-Hand authors and dates

D. A sufficiently reliable oral tradition

E. The composition of the Gospels

F. The literary genre of ancient biography

III. EXTERNAL ISSUES

A. The significance of archaeology

B. Ancient non-Christian testimony to Jesus

IV. QUESTS FOR THE HISTORIC JESUS

A. The diverse quests of the historical Jesus

B. The most authentic parts of the Gospels

C. The Jesus who emerges from these parts

D. Can the Gospels be harmonized?

V. OUTSIDE THE SYNOPICS

A. Distinctive issues with John’s Gospel

B. The Jesus tradition in Paul (and James)

VI. MIRACLES

A. Good reasons for believing the Gospel miracles

B. Unique issues surrounding the virginal conception and the resurrection

C. A Jesus who challenges everyone