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“A fascinating, provocative and informative entry into the life of Jesus. Finding Jesus uses controversies over recent archeological and literary finds, as well over some long-argued-over tales and relics, to provide readers with solid scholarship and thoughtful insights into the life of the man whose life, death and resurrection continues to enthrall and inspire.” ―James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus a Pilgrimage

“Holy doubt is an essential element of faith, yet we are tantalized by stories that give historical insights in support of the foundations of our faith. Finding Jesus explores six artifacts that are windows into early Christianity and our desire to know what happened. These windows let us see that faith is deeper than history, but knowing these complex stories can sustain us as we grapple with today's questions. Finding Jesus' stories reveal our very human and complex hunger to understand mystery and our past.” ―Sister Simone Campbell, author of A Nun on the Bus

“For more than two millennia, few people have captured the imaginations of human beings like Jesus Christ. Whether you are spiritual or skeptical, 'Finding Jesus' will help you experience the life of One who changed the world. Part anthology and part theology, this book is about what Jesus meant to those who knew him and what he means to those who claim to know him today. Let 'Finding Jesus' lead you on a journey of faith and facts--you won't be sorry!” ―Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus Is Better than You Imagined

Finding Jesus is for the curious: folks who are thrilled by spiritual quests and desire to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the history of our faith. You won't regret following Gibson's and McKinley's path through twists and turns of the Gospels and at the end of that path is the One who makes this greatest of stories make perfect sense.” ―Joshua DuBois, author of The President's Devotional

“In a mix of engaging scholarship and gripping storytelling, Gibson and McKinley offer a page-turner for a wide audience.” ―Kirkus

“One of the great advances in modern medicine is the discovery of the enormous contribution of spirituality to human health, longevity, and wellbeing. Research in this area was originally confined to adults, but now Dr. Lisa Miller shows the central importance of spirituality from birth through the formative years. Miller shows that spirituality is not a superficial add-on, but that our connection with the transcendent, however named, is an innate aspect of our human endowment, part of our original equipment. This is a major contribution toward what it means to be human. We ignore these findings at great risk, for our future on this planet likely depends on how we respond to them. In other words, the 21st century will be spiritual, or it may not be at all.” ―Larry Dossey, MD, author of ONE MIND

About the Author

DAVID GIBSON is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker who specializes in covering the Catholic Church. He is a national reporter for Religion News Service and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and for such leading magazines as New York and Fortune. David is also featured in the CNN series Finding Jesus.

MICHAEL MCKINLEY is an award-winning author, filmmaker, journalist and screenwriter. He has written several books, and wrote and co-produced the CBC TV documentary film "Sacred Ballot", as well as several documentaries for CNN Presents.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (February 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250069106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250069108
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lee Freeman on March 17, 2015
Format: Hardcover
*Finding Jesus* examines several noted artifacts allegedly connected to the historical Jesus of Nazareth, the purported remains of John the Baptist, the James Ossuary, Mary Magdalene and the “Jesus’ Wife” “gospel” fragment, the *Gospel of Judas,* the True Cross, and the Shroud of Turin. The book draws upon the interviews of a range of modern conservative and liberal NT scholars and authors, such as Rev. Bruce Chilton, Kate Cooper, Rabbi Joshuua Garroway, Fr. James Martin, Elaine Pagels, and Ben Witherington III, as well as quoting from other notable NT scholars such as Bart Ehrman, Frs Raymond Brown and John Meier, Karen King, Amy-Jill Levine, Marvin Meyer, and NT Wright. For a work of popular non-fiction, one that is a companion volume to the CNN documentary series *Finding Jesus,* and at a time when most TV documentaries and books of its kind are weighted towards trying to disprove the orthodox view of Christianity in favor of ridiculous conspiracy theories while giving the Roman Catholic Church a black eye (strangely the Greek Orthodox Church rarely gets any notice, good or bad), I was fairly surprised at how balanced this book is. While trying to be fair and allow all sides to be heard the book by journalists and filmmakers David Gibson and Michael McKinley nevertheless exercises a remarkable degree of restraint for this type of book. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could.

For one thing, it presents a historically and theologically accurate portrait of ancient Gnosticism, which is rarely done in such popular works nowadays.
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I found the dramatized parts of the CNN presentation kind of cheesy - a little like a Sunday School film for grown-ups. But the book is a pure delight. It has all of the seriousness and impact of the television show and then some. The authors have just the right touch with the text - they may be believers themselves (I don't know) but they present the information about these six objects with just the right amount of objectivity and skepticism. They are both fair and persuasive - a tricky thing to pull off. There is also a lovely lightheartedness here, too, that pulls the reader along and then deeper into the story. It was a fun read as well as an informative one. The book reads not like an academic lecture, tho it relies heavily on quotes from academics, but more like a brown-bag discussion with really interesting people. I thought I knew quite a bit about these objects and about Christianity, but I learned a lot. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, from the casual reader who wants to know a bit more about Christianity and relic-hunting to the scholar who is immersed in biblical archaeology or religious studies. Just a joy.
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Sunday evening at 7, (Utah time) on CNN we watched the Segment of "Finding Jesus" concerning the Shroud of Turin. (If you missed it, you can watch it here: http://www.cnn.com/shows/finding-jesus?sr=finding_jesus_cnn ) and the 6 part series is set to conclude on Easter Sunday. Today I finished the book "Finding Jesus: Faith . Fact. Forgery.: Six Holy Objects that Tell the Remarkable Story of the Gospels", by David Gibson and Michael McKinley (St Martin's Press, 2015).
The book covers 6 of the mysteries that have plagued the church for many centuries. They're things that are important to believers: either that they are true, or that they aren't true. Thus the FAITH. Although they are alluded to, or have some basis in scripture, they're things that are very difficult to prove, mainly because there is no chain of custody, no provenance to prove that they really do date from almost 2000 years. And in the case of the gospels of Judas and Mary, which seem to date from a couple of centuries after the time of Christ, where is the supporting evidence that they were based on fact?
The authors have done extensive research into the research that has been done concerning the Shroud of Turin, a piece of the True Cross, the Ossuary of James, brother of Jesus, relics (bones) of John the Baptist, and the two extra-biblical gospels, considered to be Gnostic writings. They address tradition from over a millennium ago, and findings from as recent as a couple of years ago.
If you enjoy The History Channel , or Discovery, this book ( and the CNN series) will appeal to you.
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Incredibly fascinating look at the significance of this story that tackles the myth and reality of a single man that changed the course of human history. Each chapter left me thinking about Jesus the human person and the traces he left on Earth and gave me chills!
Wonderfully accessible, wry, and smart and open for believers and non-believers to become engrossed with.
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