"EVIDENCE FOR THE HISTORICAL JESUS: Is the Jesus of History the Christ of Faith" is a compelling exploration into one of the most pivotal questions at the heart of Christian apologetics: Did the Jesus of history truly embody the Christ of faith? This meticulously researched book takes readers on a profound journey through the annals of biblical scholarship, historical analysis, and theological inquiry.
Structured as a series of programs, the book begins by examining mainstream scholarship's views on the conclusions of the Jesus Seminar, a critical inquiry into the historical Jesus. It then delves into the question of Jesus' deity and the credibility of the resurrection—a foundational tenet of Christian belief.
The author challenges readers to consider if Jesus ever saw Himself as divine and explores the significance of His self-designation as both the Son of Man and the Son of God. The narrative further strengthens its historical basis with a thorough investigation into the resurrection of Jesus, presenting compelling arguments that combine theological insight with historical rigor.
With "Twelve Historical Facts that Present a Solid Foundational Basis for Believing that Jesus Lived, Claimed to be Deity, Died on a Cross, and Rose Again," the book offers an unshakeable foundation for faith in Jesus Christ. It culminates with a critical examination of one of the most controversial aspects of Jesus' life—His post-crucifixion appearances to His disciples, offering a robust defense against skepticism.
This book is more than a scholarly pursuit; it's a journey into the heart of Christian faith, providing an intellectual yet accessible approach to understanding the historical Jesus. It's an essential read for believers, skeptics, scholars, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the man at the center of Christianity. The "Further Resources" section at the end of the book provides additional avenues for exploration, ensuring that readers are well-equipped to continue their inquiry into this fascinating and crucial subject.
- Publisher: Christian Publishing House (November 28, 2020)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 110 pages
- ISBN-10: 1949586677
- ISBN-13: 978-1949586671
- Item Weight: 4.2 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Research Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Liberty University. He also teaches in the Ph.D. program in theology and apologetics at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a Ph.D. at Michigan State University and an M.A. from the University of Detroit.
He has authored, coauthored, or edited thirty-nine books and contributed more than sixty-five chapters or articles to other books. He has also written well over one hundred articles and reviews for journals and other publications. While his chief areas of research (and the topic of twenty of his books) are issues related to Jesus' resurrection, he has also published frequently on the afterlife, near death experiences, as well as the subjects of suffering and religious doubt.
Over the past fourteen years, he has often been a visiting or adjunct professor, having taught courses at some fifteen different graduate schools and seminaries in the United States and abroad. He and his wife, Eileen, have seven children and thirteen grandchildren, all of whom live in Lynchburg, Virginia.