Jesus: A Short Life: The Historical Evidence
An accessible introduction to Jesus' life and his impact today Recent claims about the life of Jesus (including The Da Vinci Code) have raised many questions about the historicity of the man from Nazareth. Now John Dickson sets the...
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An accessible introduction to Jesus' life and his impact today
Recent claims about the life of Jesus (including The Da Vinci Code) have raised many questions about the historicity of the man from Nazareth. Now John Dickson sets the record straight. He draws on the latest scholarship to provide a succinct account of Jesus' life, teachings, death and resurrection - and his continuing significance today.
Recent developments have blurred the view of Jesus for ordinary people. The popular imagination has been captured by conspiracy theories propounded by highly-charged accounts loosely connected to gnostic writings including The Da Vinci Code. In eleven chapters - which cover the historical value of the New Testament, Jesus' birth and family, his teachings, miracles, death, resurrection and subsequent appearances - John Dickson clears away the mists of speculation and fantasy, revealing the founder of Christianity in sharp focus. Finally he also considers the real significance of Jesus for the 21st century.
John was the Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity and now is a Senior Consultant to CPX. He has a degree in theology and a PhD in ancient history. An ordained Anglican minister, he was a Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University (2005-17), a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (2017-18), and teaches a course on the Historical Jesus for the Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. He has hosted two nationally televised documentaries and authored more than a dozen books.