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The Evidence for Jesus

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Many myths about Jesus Christ have been proliferated in the 20th century and before, and R.T. France uses texts from all sources to support the historical biblical Christ. From biblical sources, non-Christian sources, archaeology and more, the evidence is overwhelming, but France presents the information succinctly and comprehensively to provide a compelling treatise based on Scriptural truth.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 196
Vendor: Regent College Publishing
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.70 (inches)
ISBN: 1573833703
ISBN-13: 9781573833707
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Was Jesus a magical cult leader? Was he a revolutionary that failed? Or did the apostle Paul invent him out of a mystical experience? And even if he was a historical figure, how much can we really know about someone who lived two thousand years ago in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire? R. T. France explores these issues by examining in detail the whole range of historical data-from archaeological evidence to other non-Christian sources to Christian writings both inside and outside of the New Testament. With candor and rigor he analyzes modern New Testament scholarship that challenges the biblical record, and sets out a clear and solid case for what the New Testament says about Jesus. This book is valuable resource for those who question or seek to defend the reliability of the Gospels. "It is difficult to praise this work too highly . . . It achieves its purpose of presenting the evidence for Jesus with complete success." Christian Arena R. T. FRANCE has taught at London Bible College and was principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, from 1989-1995. His many books include The Living God, Jesus the Radical and Jesus and the Old Testament. He is also the author of Matthew in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.

Author Bio

R. T. France has taught at London Bible College and was principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, from 1989-1995. His many books include The Living God, Jesus the Radical and Jesus and the Old Testament. He is also the author of Matthew in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.

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Was Jesus a magical cult leader? Was he a revolutionary that failed? Or did the apostle Paul invent him out of a mystical experience? And even if he was a historical figure, how much can we really know about someone who lived two thousand years ago in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire?
R. T. France explores these issues by examining in detail the whole range of historical data-from archaeological evidence to other non-Christian sources to Christian writings both inside and outside of the New Testament. With candor and rigor he analyzes modern New Testament scholarship that challenges the biblical record, and sets out a clear and solid case for what the New Testament says about Jesus. This book is valuable resource for those who question or seek to defend the reliability of the Gospels.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    skewed
    October 10, 2015
    david
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    this study touches upon various aspects of the historical, literary and archaeological "evidence" for Jesus. France looks at the relevant Jewish, Greco-Roman, New Testament and apocryphal writings for what they may or may not be credibly thought to contribute to our "knowledge" of Jesus. France does a very sober and credible job of dealing with the Jewish and Greco-Roman writings, ultimately arriving at the conclusion that they really don't give us much solid evidence at all. HIs conclusion is pretty much the same when it comes to the apocryphal writings as well. when it comes to the New Testament gospel writings, he more or less makes a conservative case for their historicity and reliability. it is here that I was disappointed in this book. granted, this book is not meant to be a large scale study, but the failure of France to really elucidate for the reader the nature of the gospel writings as possibly fictive from and within a Hellenistic milieu, is in this reviewers opinion, a massive failure. while France takes a look at many aspects of the gospel writings, and very briefly at that, he simply doesn't deal hardly at all with the many ways the gospel writings smack of Hellenistic literary legends and tale telling. whatever one thinks of this subject, it is an important subject to wrestle with when it comes to trying to figure out what can or cannot be reasonably "known" about the "historical" Jesus. This book largely fails in this aspect as far as I'm concerned. France also takes a brief look at some archaeological aspects of 1st century "evidence", but this too I found to be lacking, as the things France looks at really don't shed much light on what really can or cannot be known about Jesus in any significant way.

    take a look instead at :

    Charles Talbert's What is a Gospel

    David Litwa's Iesus Deus

    Robert Grant's Historical Introduction to the New Testament

    Amos Wilder's Early Christian Rhetoric

    Pheme Perkins Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels

    Stephen Patterson's The God of Jesus

    James Dunn's Jesus Remembered
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    extensive
    August 21, 2015
    cbcarter
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    this book by France is excellent. what I enjoyed most about it is his quite objective approach to whether something is really evidence or not. He just doesn't grab hold of any and everything possible but submits each piece to scrutiny so that at the end what you have to work with is almost refutable. In other words, he weeds out weak evidence from strong evidence. His is a very honest and objective approach, yet still designed to give the believer the strongest argumentation for belief in the historicity of the life of Jesus. Though not the most recent of it's type, this book is very beneficial. Recommended.
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