A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
Author: Lee Strobel
Has modern scholarship debunked the traditional Christ? Has the church suppressed the truth about Jesus to advance its own agenda? What if the real Jesus is far different from the atoning Savior worshipped through the centuries? In The Case for the Real Jesus, former award-winning legal editor Lee Strobel explores such hot-button questions as: • Did the church suppress ancient non-biblical documents that paint a more accurate picture of Jesus than the four Gospels? • Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early New Testament texts? • Do new insights and explanations finally disprove the resurrection? • Have fresh arguments disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah? • Did Christianity steal its core ideas from earlier mythology? Evaluate the arguments and evidence being advanced by prominent atheists, liberal theologians, Muslim scholars, and others. Sift through expert testimony. Then reach your own verdict in The Case for the Real Jesus.
Jesus, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Religious Themes
Author: Géza Vermès
Pubpsher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
Geza Vermes is the greatest living Jesus scholar. In "The Real Jesus", Vermes, best known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, comments on a variety of contemporary religious themes such as "The Da Vinci Code", Mel Gibson's infamous film "The Passion of the Christ", Benedict XVI's book "Jesus of Nazareth" and the "Gospel of Judas".Informed by the work of a world-class scholar, the short articles in this book open to the general reader the findings of some of the major discoveries of the twentieth century such as the Dead Sea Scrolls.This collection of shorter popular pieces, many of which appeared in "The Times" and other newspapers, makes Vermes' research on Christian origins, the Dead Sea Scrolls and most importantly Jesus the Jew accessible to a wider readership.
Was Jesus like us, or was he different in his humanity? The righteousness of God being revealed in relation to mankind’s dominion in the earthly realm is explained in pre- and post-glorification of Jesus’ Person and Work. This simple but profound revelation of Jesus reveals the love of God toward mankind as God revealed Himself in a body of flesh for our redemption, sanctification, and ultimately glorification. This is timely truth as Jesus is the light that shines more and more unto the perfect day, when we shall see Him as He is; all believers coming unto the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man. Behold the Real Jesus proclaims truths as to the semantics of Jesus Christ before and after glorification. How the Word was made flesh as the Son of God is given in detail with scriptural foundation proving who Jesus is, was, and is to come. The novice as well as the mature believer will benefit from this book. If you are tired of reading ancient theologians’ manuscripts and reading commentaries pertaining to Jesus, and you’re ready for a fresh enlightening revelation of God, then Behold the Real Jesus is for you.
The Real Jesus Myth is what happens when a retired (but still cynical) journalist, who is also a retired (but still cynical) Anglican priest, decides to answer some of the questions tossed at him about the Christian Faith. Many people don’t know enough about the nuts and bolts of Christian belief – “doctrine” to use an unpopular word. This isn’t their fault: most mainline churches put “social justice” issues front and centre while doctrine, evangelism and apologetics gather dust in the rear pews. This may be one reason so many mainline churches are scrambling to stay afloat and, if so, why it’s long past time to re-emphasize the fundamentals of the Faith. The Real Jesus Myth is a (fairly) orthodox look at the Christian Faith centered around the Nicene Creed and bookended by comments on everything from why the bible is God’s word to why orthodoxy isn’t as scary as you may think. It is written both for Christians and for the curious non-Christian but one caution – the author is an ex columnist and police reporter, not a theologian, so don’t expect this to read like a textbook.
A Guide for Curious Christians and Skeptical Seekers
Author: Lee Strobel
Who was Jesus —really? For centuries, the Christian church has taught that Jesus is the divine Son of God, crucified for sinners and raised from the dead. In recent years, however, that picture of Jesus has come under widely publicized attack from sources ranging from critical scholars to Internet pundits to popular historians and others. The new portraits of Jesus seem persuasive. You can’t help but wonder ... Did Christianity merely copy its beliefs from earlier mythology? Did the church suppress alternate gospels? Did Jesus never die on the cross or rise from the dead for sinners? Is the New Testament hopelessly riddled with errors? New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel helps you separate truth from media hype, sound scholarship from bias, and fact from speculation. Digging below the surface, this book provides credible, informed answers to today’s most pressing questions about Jesus.
Jesus proclaimed God's imminent universal kingdom. His Jewish followers were faithful to him. Paul misunderstood Jesus and subverted his message, but succeeded when the truth was accidentally lost in history.
A Skeptical Believer’S Guide to the Reality of Christ
Author: Robert McClelland
Pubpsher: Trafford Publishing
In a world where the God hypothesis is no longer necessary, todays Church may offer skeptical Seekers a Jesus Story that no longer connects with their lives. Nevertheless, their honest questions are to be valued and honored by the Church because they keep us honest and make us rethink the relevancy of our faith. Todays world is asking if there is any Reality to the Jesus about whom we speak, and if so, would he please stand up. It is my contention that faith in God does not depend upon proof of his existence as much as what that Gods attitude is toward us. While the Good News proposed by Christian Faith is that Gods attitude was definitively displayed in Jesus, I am suggesting that our Jesus Story must take the Apostle Pauls understanding of Reconciliation seriously. God, too, has to pay the price of Sin. He is part of the problem of our alienation and neither we, nor God, can escape its consequences. Therein lies the POWER, I believe, of the Jesus Story to hold the attention of todays Seeker. Jesus not only died for our sins, he died for Gods Sin as well! Our Sin, was our disobedience. Gods Sin was his Ignorance. It is Paul who, getting his message directly from the Risen Christ, sees this most clearly. Paul wants us to understand that God was in Christs life and death reconciling the world to himself not just forgiving us. Unlike the Jesus Story told by todays Church, Paul sees Gods Grace as much more amazing than mere payment for our peccadilloes.
Radboud Prestige Lectures by Prof. Dr. Michael Wolter
Author: Jan van der Watt
The question ‘Which is the real Jesus’ is approached from different perspectives, illustrating the role the quest for the historical Jesus plays within a wider framework, including not only historical, but also philosophical and hermeneutical issues.
Growth of the Prophetic Vision and Its Impact on the Mission of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel
Author: Adrian M. Leske
Pubpsher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Using the method of intertextuality, Adrian Leske has traced the growth of the prophetic vision from Amos to the Exile, demonstrating how, after the Exile, the dominant influence on that vision down to the time of Jesus is the positive and new message of Deutero-Isaiah. With opposition from the Zadokite priesthood, and exploitation from foreign rulers, the prophetic and Levite communities find refuge in Upper Galilee and surrounding areas. Using the Gospel of Matthew, the most Jewish of the Gospels, Leske demonstrates how that vision impacted the teaching of Jesus to these communities and how he perceived his mission as the Servant/Son of man. Understanding this prophetic vision and the Jewish nature of Matthew's Gospel brings new insights to Matthean Christology, as well as the authorship and date of that Gospel in relation to the other Gospels.