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Jesus: The Evidence : The Latest Research and Discoveries Investigated First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Harper San Francisco; First edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062514725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062514721
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Wilson is a master of delivering the most information in the fewest words. His style is fascinating and clearly credible. I simply had to read this book in two settings. I came away with an excellent understanding of the short version of remarkably complex research material. My only problem with the work is I could not understand how such an objective and factual work could be written by a person who is seemingly so devoted to promoting the case for the existance of Jesus. The reader is treated with total respect throughout the book...no spoon feeding here. Yet, the material is so well documented and presented the reader can honestly draw his or her own conclusions. Thank you Mr. Wilson...I Greatly enjoyed your work and must read more.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Port on January 25, 2002
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No matter what religion or creed you are, or aren't, you cannot deny the fact that Jesus: The Evidence is a thoroughly-researched, well-written book.
Ian Wilson, who tells us that he is a practicing Christian, sets aside his bias to write a very authoratative book on this subject. In it, he examines the gospels and their supposed and suspected writers, archaeological sites in Jerusalm and Nazareth and a myriad of sources both pro-Christian and anti-Christian.
His views and findings are unique and he expresses them well. His theories are very intelligent. Mr. Wilson has established himself, with this book, as an authentic biblical scholar.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on December 2, 2007
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This appealingly objective book by a Christian author explores certain major themes about the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth. Wilson attempts to find the answer to timeless questions like whether Jesus really existed, who he was, what he really taught, if he would have endorsed the Nicene creed, how he might view contemporary Christianity or if he would feel more comfortable with modern Judaism.

On every issue Wilson marshals a wide spectrum of opinion including that of atheists and extreme skeptics, which make the book really interesting. He even considers the mushroom cult angle of John Allegro! In addition there are fascinating snippets about the discovery of early manuscripts, the development of Greek writing styles and various episodes from history.

Wilson is entirely honest about the fallibility of the Gospels, measuring the contradictions between the four accounts and the geographic and historical anomalies within them, all against the Jewish culture of the time. He frequently refers to the work of the respected scholar Geza Vermes whose books The Passion and The Nativity I have found very informative. The various and possible source/s of the gospels are discussed in great detail.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sarakani on February 11, 2005
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Whereas the information in this book was well established before it was published, a bare bones assesssment of the gospels had not been broadcast on British television until this programme came out for that is what the book is - to follow a TV series released around 1984-5. Sadly, since this book was published, Wilson has tried to recant from his position of being something of a sceptic or heretic (which he never was anyway) and this probably explains why the book is out of print - because Wilson has since disowned it and become more of a believer as attested by his eulogies to biblical history published recently.

The book attempts to cast a skeptical eye on Jesus but actually it is soft skepticism. Jesus is shown very much as a saintly figure with mysterious aspects. Some ambiguous areas are examined. Jesus' miracles are explained largely on the basis of hypnosis. Crucifiction and ressurection are explained very well.

Gospel scholarship has been lucidly explained to a layman including most of the evidence for Jesus from non Christian sources, possible datings and areas of controversy.

I was especially touched at the way that James the brother of Jesus was cast out from Gentile Christianity and how Peter was emphasised as the key disciple on which the Roman Church was established. The complexity of Jesus' family in that Mary was not really a virgin and probably had about 6 children is brought startlingly to light.

This is a very easy book to read and casts a critical eye on the formation of the Gentile Church, especially after emperor Constantine. It is clear that much has been lost from the original teachings of Christianity, largely in a Jewish form to begin with.

This book is a Christian perspective on Jesus, echoing "Honest to God" which the author mentions. More critical books have since been published.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
The author, Ian Wilson, must truly be commended for investigating, and furthermore putting together a book about the proof and lack of proof for the numerous aspects of the life of Jesus Christ, which has no bias in it. Normally such books relating to Christian matters with the word "evidence" in the title tend to be nothing more than biased, mindless and self-indulgent in their own beliefs. As an atheist/agnostic, I was glad to find that the author kept an open mind on both ends, leading neither towards skepticism nor theism, leaving the reader of the book to discover their own answers about the "evidence" for Christ.
Although many reviews will say that this book allowed them more evidence for the proof of Christ's existence and divinity as God, I would have to say that the text leaned rather the other way. While it does establish that Christ was more than likely a flesh and blood human being who lived and taught in the first century, many references, scientific pieces of evidence, and even passages as stated from the Bible which are brought forth tend to take Christ off the pedestal that modern day Christianity has stuck him upon. After reading this, my questioning of Christianity and my lack of belief has only been fueled even more.
Chapters such as "The Fallibility Of The Gospels", "Did Jesus Even Exist?", and "Man Of Miracles" establish some basic scientific, historical, and modern leads to show that Christ was a teacher and a devout Jew who was only trying to put a new twist of forgiveness on his religion, not trying to start a revolution or whole following.
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