- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: College Press Publishing Company, Inc. (June 3, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0899007325
- ISBN-13: 978-0899007328
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ
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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 the Ph.D. at Michigan State University and the 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.
Visit Gary Habermas' website (www.GaryHabermas.com) to access many publications as well as video and audio presentations.
Top Customer Reviews
In several other book reviews, I noticed skeptics (giving poor reviews) don't meet Habermas' facts head-on. Instead, they fall far short by countering his well-documented thesis with bold opinions they can't back up with evidence. For instance, one reviewer wrote "How can we evaluate the evidence for Jesus? Our best account is the Gospel of Mark, written thirty years after Jesus died. ... Once Christians started mourning Jesus, historians recorded the movement. Does that mean Jesus was real? Okay, but it doesn't mean the Resurrection was real, or that Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. All of these mythical touches were invented after Jesus died, so he could "predict" events that happened between the time he died and the time the Gospels were composed. All of this leads us to the conclusion that there is no real evidence whether Jesus actually lived or not. The story is what sold, and the story isn't true."
What he fails to see is his own account contradicts his claim, and proves false itself. According to his own words, Mark, our "best account" (of Jesus' life) was written "30 years after Jesus died;" thus putting Mark written c.60-63AD, since scholars (even skeptics) agree Jesus' death was around 30-33AD.Read more ›
1 The Christians (Those people who believe that the bible is the word of god of which Gary Habermas would fall under)
2 The Liberal Scholars (This group is made up of people who are trying to show that the bible is completely wrong and man made and in some cases that Jesus was not a historical figure.)
3 The Secular Historians (The largest of the three groups whose goal seems to be historical accuracy without commenting on the theistic aspect, they virtually unanimously agree that Jesus Christ did exist and probably preformed miracles although they label them as magic and was considered to be either the son of god or a great prophet.)
What is surprising about this book is that while it is written by a Christian to help forward his Christian beliefs it is quite obvious that the author has stuck mostly to the work of the Secular Historians. In some cases he has erred on the liberal side of the secular historians sometimes not presenting the cases as strongly as one would think he could.
This raises an interesting point in reviewing this book. While I would think that he would rely solely on Christian sources he does not, instead he proves his point in a highly convincing way using Secular sources. I applaud the author and I hope that more of the naysayers and negative reviewers could be so truthful. It would be interesting to see if a liberal scholar could uphold their position using only secular sources. I doubt it, but I don't think they would even try.
Anyhow back to this book, I found it fair, historically accurate, slightly dated, but then again any book dealing with history is dated as soon as it is written and best of all enjoyable for those who are non-Christians but enjoy history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Instant classic. The amount of work and credible scholarship that went into this book by Gary Habermas is next to nothing. A rigorous and confident defense of the historical Jesus.Published 1 month ago by Adam Wolfe
It is a very informative and technical book that would be perfect for a debate and or personal research. It provides a lot of detail.Published 3 months ago by Brandon Burgett
I wish I were on his Ph.D. committee when he submitted his dissertation. I would love to have grilled him on this work. Make him sweat. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J.R. Yannelli
I will read it as a book for research paper and spiritual growthPublished 10 months ago by kathleen martinez
This book is an excellent treatment of the evidence outside of the bible that reveals a pretty good outline of Jesus' life, actions and how he was thought of by the ancient world. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dan