An in depth investigation into the history of Jesus, from his early beginnings to how he was viewed in the Enlightenment, the th Century, and beyond In this lovely full color book, the question of how much anyone can really know about Jesus of Nazareth is addressed From the Gospels to the word of modern day theologians to historical record, all accounts are examined in minute detail in attempt to uncover the truth By reviewing ancient evidence, interviewing leading experts, and setting out a robust historical method, the reliability or unreliability of different sources, interpretations, and arguments is clearly established Christianity prides itself on being a historical religion Here this pride is subjected to a very close scrutiny and it is shown both how vital this is and yet how different Jesus was from the way he is so often portrayed today


10 thoughts on “Investigating Jesus: An Historian's Quest

  1. Peter Peter says:

    Investigating Jesus is a large format illustrated book from the high quality Lion stable in which the author investigates the historical evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ Dickson presents us with a book entirely about history and about how historians do their job It s not a theological book It s not religious propaganda aiming to persuade people to become Christians Rather it offers a good introduction to anyone wanting to learn the tools and strategies available to historians, and Investigating Jesus is a large format illustrated book from the high quality Lion stable in which the author investigates the historical evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ Dickson presents us with a book entirely about history and about how historians do their job It s not a theological book It s not religious propaganda aiming to persuade people to become Christians Rather it offers a good introduction to anyone wanting to learn the tools and strategies available to historians, and it demonstrates how they ve been applied in examining the evidence regarding Jesus.As Dickson himself says, he seeks to bridge the gap between popular perception and scholarly judgement about the figure of Jesus By putting together various evidences and research carried out throughout history since the death and resurrection of Jesus, and by using non Christian references as well as New Testament records, Dickson concludes that the evidence from all these sources leads all reputable historians to agree that a Jewish teacher named Jesus really did live and die in the first part of the first century CE However, rather than simply saying we have proof in history, Dickson calls it very high probability I have always enjoyed reading history, and I ve found Investigating Jesus a great introduction If you ve never considered the reliability of the evidence for Jesus, then here s a place to start If you re after an easy to read, well illustrated, clearly argued book on the historical bedrock of Christianity, then I recommend this one At the end of the day, this is a second order book It s like an instruction manual that shows how something works and helps you to use it Investigating Jesus is aimed at helping the reader to investigate Jesus It s not an alternative to investigating Jesus for yourself Having read this book you ll be better equipped to go back to the primary sources, read them over and over, and weigh up their implications If you ve never done this before, let me encourage you to get hold of Investigating Jesus and start now


  2. Bill Bill says:

    Loved it A survey of the way secular ancient historians understand Jesus, not at all dry or technical As an old history undergrad, I really enjoy John Dickson s pure historian viewpoint The evidence speaks very well for itself.