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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co (June 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802815758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802815750
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty bestselling commentaries and books, including several titles published by InterVarsity Press, A Mind for What Matters and Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free. He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on May 23, 2006
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Frederick Bruce (1910 to 1990) was a biblical scholar in England and highly evangelistic in his religion. He produced dozens of books and authored The Evangelical Quarterly. This book is spared much of his evangelical preaching, and instead focuses on what Bruce did best - scholarship. The book surveys a vast array of literature (Pagan, Josephus, Rabbinical, Moslem, Canonical, Non-Canonical, DSS) to highlight what has been said about Jesus. Much of this literature can be found elsewhere, but Bruce tends to provide lengthier quotes and more explanatory material. His section on the Slavonic Josephus is particularly instructive.

The book is not without its faults. Bruce's discussion of the Roman/Pagan writers assumes that when they spoke about Crestus or Christianity they were talking about Jesus. In fact, Jesus' name never appears in these documents, and Crestus was a generic name used for the "anointed one"

Advanced scholars may find Bruce's survey repetitive, and beginning students may find his material too detailed. But for anyone else, this book would be a valuable addition.
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Frederick Fyvie Bruce (1910-1990) was a Biblical scholar who taught at a variety of universities, and was editor of The Evangelical Quarterly and the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. He wrote a number of influential books, such as The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable?, New Testament History, The Defense of the Gospel in the New Testament, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1974 book, "When we are asked what 'collateral proof' exists of the life of Jesus Christ, would it be unfair to begin by asking another question? In which contemporary writers---in which writers who flourished, say, during the first fifty years after the death of Christ---would you expect to find the collateral evidence you are looking for?... In what KIND of documents, during the first fifty years after the death of Christ, would you expect to find his name mentioned?... May I suggest that in A.D. 30 the activity of Jesus of Nazareth would have meant no more to people living at the heart of the Roman world than the activity of the Fakir of Ipi meant to people in England?... When Jesus' followers... began to proclaim him as the deliverer for whom the world was waiting... then the name of Christ and of his followers, the Christians, became familiar at the heart of the Roman Empire." (Pg 17-18)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Greer on May 29, 2012
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Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament by Bruce is excellent material. This book needs to be on the shelf of all Bible students. Excellent research source and confirmation of the existence of Jesus. I reccomend it. Eugene G
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walterhuitema on March 12, 2014
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I bought this as a used book. It arrived promptly and in good condition. The book covers the evidence available in a comprehensive manner. F. F. Bruce was an excellent writer and he had that wonderful sense of balance that is often characteristic of the better English authors. I highly recommend this book.
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