"In language that is both accessible and engaging, [McClymond] has provided a concise, straightforward and balanced overview of contemporary Jesus studies that should prove helpful to a variety of readers."
Religious Studies Review
"A very readable, even enjoyable account. . . A wonderful introduction to the subject for non-experts."
"Those inspired by the particular, cinematic vision of Christ's Passion to learn more about the person of Jesus and the passionate responses competing versions of his story continue to evoke may find this book a good first read."
Craig A. Evans
"Michael McClymond's Familiar Stranger offers an excellent introduction to the study of the historical Jesus. Written by an 'outsider' to Jesus research, this balanced, well-informed book is a pleasure to read and will make a great textbook. I highly recommend it. "
Robert H. Gundry
"For the past two hundred years or so, scholars, perceiving some differences between the New Testament portrayals of Jesus and Jesus as he was in 'factual' history, have tried to reach behind those portrayals to the Jesus a camcorder would have captured. These attempts have produced widely, sometimes wildly, different results. Michael McClymond's Familiar Stranger provides nonscholars with a scholarly assessment of the past and present state of research on the historical Jesus, plus his own well-considered view. Recommended for a wide reading audience."
"McClymond demonstrates a remarkable grasp of the literature in this field and continually interacts with a wide range of scholarly viewpoints. Of particular interest is his critique of modern popular images of Jesus in light of the research. Recommended."
"This is an engaging introduction to the so-called study of the Historical Jesus. . . . What makes it particularly useful is its balanced and irenic treatment of issues. . . The work engages in a friendly manner with a whole array of authors, ranging from American and German radicals to conservative evangelicals."