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Publication Date: 2015
For more than a century, Bible scholars and university researchers have been systematically debunking what ordinary Christians believed about Jesus of Nazareth. But what if the most recent Biblical scholarship actually affirmed the New Testament? What if Jesus was not a Zealot revolutionary, or a Greek Cynic philosopher, or a proto-feminist Gnostic, but precisely what he claimed to be: the divine Son of Man prophesied in the Book of Daniel who gave his life as a ransom for many? What if everything the Gospels say about Jesus of Nazarethhis words, his deeds, his plansturned out to be true? Searching for Jesus changes "what if?" to "what is," debunking the debunkers and showing how the latest scholarship supports orthodox Christian belief.
Robert J. Hutchinson is an award-winning writer and author who studied philosophy as an undergraduate, moved to Israel to learn Hebrew, and earned a graduate degree in New Testament. Hutchinsons most recent book is Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth, an overview of recent archaeological finds and new developments in biblical scholarship that are calling into question much of what skeptical scholars have assumed and asserted about Jesus over the past two centuries.
cbcarter4 Stars Out Of 5very informativeJanuary 23, 2017cbcarterQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a great book if one likes writing that doesn't slavishly defend the bible. Now, I am a believer in both the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture, but it is refreshing to find a book that not only informs about discoveries that verify the bible's accuracy but also admits and deals with difficulties found therein. At the price, and because of it's being recently written, it's a definite buy from my point of view.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Just made me feel apatheticApril 4, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"Searching for Jesus" is a look at what secular and skeptical scholars are currently saying about the "historical Jesus." The underlying assumption was that the New Testament was written purely by men with political agendas. The author surveyed what skeptics have proposed about Jesus in the past, some modern archeological findings and arguments that have changed these positions, and their latest proposals. At the end, the author concluded that the Gospels and Acts "could be much closer to what actually happened than...we ever realized" (from page 265).
The new evidence wasn't new to me and I don't agree with the underlying assumptions, so I didn't find this book interesting or inspiring. I'd only recommend it to people who've read Jesus Seminar or similar pronouncements who want to see how opinions have changed over the last few years.
The book covered questions like: Were the gospels written by eyewitnesses? What was the "historical Jesus" really trying to achieve? Can we even know what the authors originally wrote? What did first century Jews expect of a messiah (and is the suffering messiah a Christian invention)? What are current Jewish views about Jesus? What about the "lost gospels"? Was Jesus a political revolutionary? Did Jesus plan, fake, or survive his crucifixion? Was the resurrection a hoax, hallucination, or what? Was the idea of a God-man in first century Jewish thought or was that a later pagan addition?
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook.
ldesherl5 Stars Out Of 5Thoroughly ResearchedDecember 30, 2015ldesherlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an apologetics book how the Biblical Gospels authenticate the historical case fr Jesus. The author, Robert Hutchinson, got
his degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of six books and has written for many national publications, including CHRISTIANITY TODAY. This book is solidly based on the research he has done to write it. He begings with an Author's Note
which poses questions that this entire book are meant to explore and answer. He continues with an Introduction, which gives a summary of his experiences in the Holy Land, which give him much bacground for this book. He continues with a Prologue, which focuses on the Person of Jesus. The the author begins his actual first chapter, the first of his 11 chapters for this book. Each chapter ends with a number of books for suggested study. He ends the book with an Epilogue, which is like an afterthought to this book, acknowledgements of those who made this book possible and a bibliography. Finally, he concludes all this with many pages of notes, arranged as notes of sources used in each chapter.
I found this to be a fascinating book. While solidly based on research from start to finish, it was more than just another apologetics book. It was also a memoir of this author's experiences of the land where Jesus lived and walked when He was living as a human being. With his use of photos of the Holy Land, though in black and white, I got a feel for what life may have been when Jesus lived His human life here on earth 2000 years ago. I liked how he challenged some of the conclusions about how the Scriptures were written, translated and perserved over the centuries, that those in Christendom have traditionally made. He states that Jesus was probably a learned Rabbi, not an illiterate peasant as based on how He handled Himself in dealing with the religious leaders of His day. I was saddened at the very end of the book when the author states that on our own, none of us individual followers of Jesus reflect much of His goodness or decency. Yet I realize how true that this is. I liked how the author anticpates the arguments of those who may object to the assertions that he makes this book and then answers them. I got through this lengthy book faster than I thought I would because it was interesting and well-written.
As this is a rather long, scholarly book, I do not think it is for everyone. However, I do recommend it for all college students, including the non-Christian majority among them. This book may go a long way toward answering honest, intelectual doubts about the Bible and its authority. I recommend this book for all pastors and Christians who specialize in apologetics, as this book will equip them to better answer skeptical questions about the authority of Scripture and the reality of Jesus. I would like to see a youth version of this book written, as this is an age of reductionism and raionalism where everything is put through a test tube. It is true that we can never know God through our intellects, but all barriers tofaith, including intellectual doubts, need to be removed before people will consider Christ's claims.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great update on Christian apologeticsDecember 24, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We've seen the television specials that claim Jesus is a mythical figure and what Christians believe about Him is not true. But what if everything the Bible says about Him is, in fact, true?
This book is about new discoveries and recent developments on the reality of Jesus. They are showing that Jesus as He is portrayed in the Bible is much more plausible than reconstructions made by skeptics.
Hutchinson looks at recent manuscript discoveries, new research results and new conclusions from scholars. Some of the topics covered: writers of the gospels and eyewitness accounts, dates of the gospels, alternative portraits of Jesus and models from Christian scholars, manuscript evidence and reliability, recent archaeological discoveries, whether the suffering Messiah image was created by the church, whether Jesus was orthodox or a zealot, whether there are lost sayings of Jesus or secret information in the Gnostic gospels, whether Jesus' crucifixion was rigged or faked, if there is any proof for the resurrection.
There is a great deal of background information in this book. Hutchinson gives good reviews of popular skeptical books written in the last decades. He also gives good evidence in response to the ones critical of the biblical Jesus. This is a good introductory book for those new to the issue and good update for those who have read popular books published in the last several years.
This is an excellent book for Christians who want to reaffirm their belief in the biblical Jesus. It is very readable and very informative. Hutchinson explains well how scholars come to conclusions. He gives plenty of evidence, some from non-Christians scholars, that what the Bible says is worth accepting. He also corrects much of the hype recent television programs have generated.
This would also be a good book for skeptics who are willing to revisit their view of Jesus. It would also help them understand why we Christians value our beliefs so much. For those desiring further study, Hutchinson provides a list of books at the end of each chapter as well as a bibliography at the end.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.