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The 'Historical' Jesus

Derek Murphy
The list author says: "I made this list awhile back on useful books about historical Jesus research."
Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World's Most Popular Literary Characters
Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World's Most Popular Literary Characters
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
"Great book. Assumes Jesus was historical and his words later perverted."
What Jesus Meant
What Jesus Meant
"Facing the lack of evidence for Jesus, scholars form a hypothesis, then try and prove it."
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
"Fascinating and possible theory, but doesn't use all the evidence."
Dead Little Fish: The Accidental History of Jesus Christ
Dead Little Fish: The Accidental History of Jesus Christ
"The mythological foundations of Christology, and a history of how Jesus was mistaken for a real person"
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
"Amazing fiction! But based on flawed scholarship."
Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking
Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking
"A myth becomes reality, reality becomes history, history becomes mystery."
The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?
The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?
"Cashing in on Brown's greatness. Still interesting...."
Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Holy Blood, Holy Grail
"The supposed source of Brown's information. Very possible theory if we assume Jesus was real."
The Templar Papers: Ancient Mysteries, Secret Societies, and the Holy Grail
The Templar Papers: Ancient Mysteries, Secret Societies, and the Holy Grail
"Great! Was Jesus real?"
The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History
The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History
"Good: everything we know about Jesus is wrong. Doesn't answer question of what Jesus is."
The Gnostic Gospels
The Gnostic Gospels
"Elaine's finest!"
The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels
The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels
"Everyone has to read the gnostic gospels...."
The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Wisdom
The Laughing Jesus: Religious Lies and Gnostic Wisdom
"Two thumbs up, closest thing to a real history of Christianity"
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
"Finally! Someone examines Christianity by comparing it to earlier traditions."
The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus
The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus
"Excellent! Very scholarly, lots of information"
Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition?
Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition?
"Nice work, where did Jesus go?"