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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
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The culmination of Barnetts After Jesus trilogy, Finding the Historical Christ carefully examines the ancient sources pertaining to Jesus, including writings by historians hostile to the Christian movement (Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny), the summarized "biographies" of Jesus in the book of Acts, and especially the four canonical Gospels. Based on compelling historical evidence, Barnett maintains that Jesus of Nazareth regarded himself as the prophesied Christ, as did his disciples before Jesus died and rose again. This is the only way to explain the phenomenon of the early church worshiping Jesus.
He begins by examining the veracity of the historical documents pertaining to Jesus, including the accounts of historians antipathetic to the Christian movement Josephus, Tacitus, and Pliny and the summarized biographies of Jesus that appear in Acts and other letters of Paul. However, the four gospels receive the majority of Barnetts attention. He identifies the process by which the words and works of Jesus found their way from the source into these earliest written accounts.
Throughout, Barnett reveals time and again that, based on the truth of the historical documents, there can be no explanation but that the historical Jesus was also the prophesied Christ, both in his own mind and eventually also in the minds of the disciples before he died and rose again. Astutely argued, this book is a compelling and convincing attempt to once and for all put to rest any other interpretation of Jesus, the Christ.
University of St. Andrews
"There is currently something of a revival of confidence in the historical value of the Gospels. Paul Barnetts work, notable for its sober use of historical method and its many fresh observations and proposals, is an excellent contribution to that development."
Craig L. Blomberg
"Over his illustrious career, Paul Barnett has returned repeatedly to questions about the historical Jesus, the historicity of the Gospels, and the history of earliest Christianity. Drawing together scattered strands of all of that work, elaborating them further, and adding still new ones, Barnett here mounts what may be his most impressive case yet for the accuracy of the canonical material and the messiahship of Jesus of Nazareth on historical grounds alone."