Book Giveaway Winners

Jennifer G. is the grand prize winner of our giveaway and will receive copies of five books – including Craig Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

Our five runner-up winners are Jerry H., Gary W., Doug W., Don M., and Doug M.. They will each receive a copy of Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

Thank you to all who entered and who followed the blog tour.

Chapter 6: Craig S. Keener

Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) wrote about chapter 6 on his the Brazos Blog.

I find particularly commendable Blomberg’s courage in taking on some of the powerful voices in evangelicalism—those who use their positions to define boundaries rather than investing in careful study of the biblical text. One could also note many other important contributions—for example, Blomberg’s sensitivity to the differences between the writing conventions of ancient and modern historians..

You can read the entire blog post here.

Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New TestamentThe Historical Jesus of the GospelsGift and Giver, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation.

Chapter 6: David B. Capes

Dr. David B. Capes (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) wrote about chapter 6 on his blog (A Word in Edgewise).

For many people miracles are a stumbling block to trusting in the reliability of the Bible.  Because they have never seen one or experienced one for themselves, some people conclude miracles can’t occur.  Others think science itself and philosophy have proven miracles are impossible.  Still others think they can explain the miracles in the Bible as myths and legends.  It is this last group—those who think the biblical miracles are simply myths and legends—that most interests Professor Blomberg.

You can read the entire blog post here.

David B. Capes is the Thomas Nelson Research Professor in the Department of Theology at Houston Baptist University. He has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited about thirteen books and many articles. He was the leader scholar of the Bible translation The Voice.

Chapter 5: Matthew D. Montonini

Matthew D. Montonini (MA, Ashland Theological Seminary) wrote about chapter 5 on his blog (New Testament Perspectives).

In my view, Blomberg has done a remarkable service to the Evangelical community. His arguments are not the typical knee-jerk reactions that one often encounters either in scholarship, or now, in the latest trend, universities and seminaries tightening the reins on what their faculty can teach, research and write about–usually according to their strict definitions of inerrancy and the like.

You can read the entire blog post here.

Matthew D. Montonini has a Master’s in New Testament from Ashland Theological Seminary. He hopes someday to do a PhD in New Testament.

Chapter 5: Nijay Gupta

Dr. Nijay K. Gupta (PhD, University of Durham) wrote about chapter 5 on his blog (Crux Sola).

From creation to camels, the topic of the historical reliability of the Bible has been pretty hot news lately. So, it makes all the sense in the world for Craig Blomberg to address the question: “Aren’t Several Narrative Genres of the Bible Unhistorical?” (Chapter 5) in his new book Can We Still Believe the Bible? Sometimes Bible-reading skeptics find it too incredible that Jonah could be swallowed by a big fish and still live to tell the story. Or that the world was made in under a week. Or that Job had long conversations with his friends in poetic verse – for real? Do we have to believe these things happened historically?

You can read the entire blog post here.

Nijay K. Gupta currently teaches Biblical Studies at Seattle Pacific University and will be teaching New Testament this fall at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of the book Worship That Makes Sense to Paul (2010), and over a dozen academic articles in journals such as The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Currents in Biblical Research, Horizons in Biblical Theology, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Neotestamentica, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Restoration Quarterly. He is also assistant editor for Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters.

Chapter 4: Michael F. Bird

Dr. Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) wrote about chapter 4 on his blog (Euangelion).

As a global evangelical, I’m more accustomed to speak of the Bible as authoritative and infallible. However, I can easily swing with Blomberg’s version and vision for the American inerrancy tradition. One or two things I’d disagree over. I’m still a bit “meh” over some approaches to harmonization even though sometimes I think it does work/help. I think approaches to inerrancy also a require a lengthy prolegomena on epistemology and hermeneutics which is lacking. But overall, an exemplary treatment of the subject.

You can read the entire blog post here.

Dr. Michael Bird (Ph.D University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry. He is the author of several books including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission (2006), The Saving Righteousness of God (2007), A Bird’s-Eye View of Paul(2008), Colossians and Philemon (2009), Crossing Over Sea and Land: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period (2009), and Are You the One Who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (2009). He attends Acacia Ridge Presbyterian Church where he preaches regularly. He is married to Naomi and has four children.

Chapter 4: Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) wrote about chapter 4 on his blog.

Craig Blomberg’s fourth chapter in Can We Still Believe the Bible, examines some objections to inerrancy from both the right and the left. Yes, there is a position to the right of holding to inerrancy. It is holding it in a way that is slow to recognize solutions that fit within the view by undervaluing the complexities of interpretation. People are far more familiar with those who challenge inspiration and doubt what Scripture declares on the left, but others attempt to build a fence around the Bible by being slow to see where legitimate discussion exists about how inerrancy is affirmed. To make the Bible do too much can be a problem, just as making it do too little.

You can read the entire blog post here.

Darrell L. Bock is Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1982. He also is Executive Director of Cultural Engagement at the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement at the Seminary.

Chapter 3: Phillip J. Long

Dr. Phillip J. Long (PhD, Andrews University) wrote about chapter 3 on his blog (Reading Acts).

Since I teach undergraduate Greek and Hebrew in a Bible College, I am often asked what the “best Bible translation is.” Unfortunately this is sometimes an attempt to pick a fight, since my questioner has already decided that the KJV is the only Bible inspired by God, or that the TNIV is a liberal attempt to emasculate the church, etc. Everyone who teaches the Bible in Church or a Bible study dreads the phrase “but in my Bible it says….” Everyone has a smart phone has access to dozens of translations at any given time, and sometimes they shuffle through the translations until the find one that says what they want it to say. Why are there so many English Bible translations?

You can read the entire blog post here.

Phillip J. Long has taught full time at Grace Bible College since 1998, specializing in Bible and Biblical languages. He has two Masters degrees from Talbot School of Theology (BIOLA), one in Biblical Exposition and another in Old Testament.  He has a PhD in New Testament from Andrews University. His dissertation was entitled “Messianic Banquet Imagery in the Synoptic Gospels: An Intertextual Study.”

Chapter 2: Lee Martin McDonald

Dr. Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh) wrote about chapter 2 on the Brazos Blog.

The second chapter of Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg, on canon formation, was written for a conservative evangelical audience that shares his assumptions on the authority and scope of the Christian Scriptures. Its title (“Wasn’t the Selection of Books for the Canon Just Political?”) appears to be focused on his objections to indemonstrable conclusions drawn by Bart Ehrman on the influence of political power on the scope of the NT canon. I share his sentiments completely in regard to Ehrman and also David Dungan. The chapter shows awareness of many important questions related to the formation of the Bible, and readers will learn much from Blomberg’s analysis, but there are portions of this chapter that deserve further consideration.

You can read the entire blog post here.

Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh), before his retirement, was professor of New Testament studies and president of Acadia Divinity College. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Biblical Canon, and coeditor of The Canon Debate (with James Sanders), and The World of the New Testament (with Joel Green). He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Chapter 2: Joel L. Watts

For the third stop on our blog tour, Joel L. Watts (MA, United Theological Seminary) wrote about chapter 2 on his blog (Unsettled Christianity).

I cannot help but to approach this chapter from my perspective for a recovering fundamentalist previously beset with biblicalism and a mainliner (UMC) with strong Catholic tendances in my view of Scripture. Rather than sola scriptura, I believe in prima scriptura. Regardless of how I may disagree with Blomberg about dates and why some books were excluded the the Protestant canon, I find much to affirm in his stances on canon formation, self-attestation in the New Testament to an early shaping of authoritative books, as well as budding literological designs about orthodoxy and finalization of the canonical process.

You can read the entire blog post here.

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God’s Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).