Dr. Craig Blomberg

Dr. Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado.  He holds the B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois (with majors in Biblical Studies, Spanish, and Math), the M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and the Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Craig is the author of fifteen books and has co-authored or co-edited ten more, along more than 150 journal articles and chapters in multi-author works.  His books include four on the historical reliability and interpretation of parts or all of the Bible (esp. the Gospels), two on interpreting and preaching the parables, three commentaries (on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James), a textbook on Jesus and the Gospels and another on Acts through Revelation, a handbook on exegetical method, and three books on material possessions in the Bible.  He is a member of the Committee on Bible Translation for the New International Version and of the committee tasked with producing the 35th anniversary edition of the NIV Study Bible, to be released in 2020.

On Sunday mornings Craig sometimes preaches or teaches in various churches. On Sunday evenings, he attends Scum of the Earth Church in urban Denver, an outreach ministry to “the right-brained and left out” young adults of the metro area.

Craig’s wife, Fran, is a retired pastor. She has her Ph.D in Missiology from the International Baptist Seminary in Amsterdam.  Craig and Fran have two daughters: Elizabeth (Little), who has an M.A. in Christian Studies from Denver Seminary, is married and works as a circuit preacher for the British Methodists in West Sussex, England, where she lives with her British husband, Jonathan, and their son, Joshua; and Rachel, who is studying for her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 

The Blombergs love to travel, often combining vacation and ministry opportunities at other colleges and seminaries.  Craig has enjoyed three Broncos’ Super Bowl victories in his thirty-plus years in Denver, but as a native of northern Illinois his lifelong sports dream came true in 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

Education

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

Major publications

The Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Countering the Challenges to Evangelical Christian Beliefs. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2016.
Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2014.
Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.
Interpreting the Parables. 2nd ed. Downers Grove: IVP, 2012.
Jesus and the Gospels, Revised Edition. Nashville: Broadman & Holman; Nottingham: IVP, 2009.
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. Nottingham: Apollos; Downers Grove: IVP, rev. 2007.
From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2006. Korean translation, 2010; Spanish translation, 2012.
Contagious Holiness: Jesus' Meals with Sinners. Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 2005.
Preaching the Parables: From Responsible Interpretation to Powerful Proclamation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
Making Sense of the New Testament: 3 Crucial Questions. Grand Rapids: Baker; Leicester: IVP, 2004. Korean translation 2005; Spanish translation, 2009; Portuguese translation, 2009; Romanian translation, 2016.
The Historical Reliability of John's Gospel: Issues and Commentary. Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 2001.
Heart, Soul and Money: A Christian View of Possessions. Joplin, MO: College Press, 2000.
Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Leicester: IVP, 1999. French translation, 2001; Spanish translation, 2003; Portuguese translation, 2009; Italian translation, 2012.
Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey. Nashville: Broadman; Leicester: IVP, 1997. German translation, 2000; Korean translation, 2008; Portuguese translation, 2009.
How Wide the Divide? A Mormon and an Evangelical in Conversation, with Stephen E. Robinson. Downers Grove: IVP, 1997.
1 Corinthians [NIV Application Commentary]. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994. Spanish translation, 2012.
Matthew [New American Commentary]. Nashville: Broadman, 1992.
Interpreting the Parables. Downers Grove and Leicester: IVP, 1990. Korean translation, 1996; German translation, 1998; Russian translation 2005.
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 1987. German translation, 1998.
Effective Generational Ministry: Biblical and Practical Insights for Transforming Church Communities, with Elisabeth A. Nesbit Sbanotto (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015).
Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, with Jennifer Markley. Grand Rapids: Baker, Nov. 2010. Korean translation, 2012.
James, with Mariam J. Kamell [Zondervan Exegetical Commentary]. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008. Korean translation, 2014.
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; Indonesian translation, 2013.
A Case for Historic Premillennialism, co-edited with Sung Wook Chung. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009. Korean translation, 2014.
Two Views of Women in Ministry, co-edited with James R. Beck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001.
Solid Ground: 25 Years of Evangelical Theology, ed. Carl P. Trueman, Tony J. Gray and Craig L. Blomberg. Leicester: IVP, 2000.
Gospel Perspectives, vol. 6, co-edited with David Wenham. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1986.