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A Doubter's Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man From Nazareth For Believers and Skeptics

John Dickson

A Doubter's Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man From Nazareth For Believers and Skeptics

John Dickson

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With characteristic clarity and insight, Australian scholar John Dickson offers a compelling introduction to Jesus as he is portrayed in the earliest historical sources. Dickson does not shy away from the diversity of the material, revealing Jesus in all his multi-layered complexity.

Tim Keller says it's "a unique resource ... it promises remarkably balanced, even-handed, fair-minded presentations of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ - all deeply informed by the primary sources. I can't recommend this book enough."

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About "A Doubter's Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man From Nazareth For Believers and Skeptics"

With characteristic clarity and insight, Australian scholar John Dickson offers a compelling introduction to Jesus as he is portrayed in the earliest historical sources. Dickson does not shy away from the diversity of the material, revealing Jesus in all his multi-layered complexity.

Tim Keller says it's "a unique resource ... it promises remarkably balanced, even-handed, fair-minded presentations of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ - all deeply informed by the primary sources. I can't recommend this book enough."
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A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is an introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Portraits because our best information points not to a tidy, monolithic Jesus, but to a complex, multi-layered and, at times, contradictory figure. While some might be troubled by this, fearing that plurality equals incomprehensibility or unreliability, others take it as an invitation to do some rearranging for themselves, trying to make Jesus neater, more systematic and digestible.

After two millennia of spiritual devotion and more than two centuries of modern critical research, we still cannot fit Jesus into a box. He is destined to stretch our imaginations, confront our beliefs, and challenge our lifestyles for many years to come.

In A Doubter's Guide to Jesus readers will find themselves both disturbed and intrigued by the images of Jesus found in the first sources.


- Publisher

Meet the Author

John Dickson

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.

Table Of Contents

  • :a Very Short Introduction1imaginings: Making Jesus In Our Image 2sources: How We Know What We Know3teacher: His Words And Their Impact4healer: The Deeds That Baffle5israel: A Nation On His Shoulders6christ: More Than A Surname7judge: His Pledge To Bring Justice8friend: The Scandal Of His Social Life9temple: The Relocation Of God’s Presence10saviour: The Meaning Of His Death11adam: The Promise Of His Resurrection12caesar: His Subversion Of An Empire13god: His Oneness With The Almighty14servant: His Preference For The Lowlyepilogue: Portrait Of A Follower Of Jesus

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award
5 stars By 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Judges, Aug 20 2018
John Dickson challenges both believers and skeptics to reconsider what they know about Jesus. He first outlines the consensus of secular historians, then looks at how our presuppositions influence the way we interpret the evidence. The text is broken down into manageable morsels and includes primary sources, personal testimonies, social commentary and suggested reading. While busting myths and meeting common objections, Dickson is ironic yet humble and respectful. This book is short and snappy and can be shared with confidence.

Akos Balogh, Bill Brown and Judith Nichols. 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year Judges
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  • Catalogue Code 489253
  • Product Code 9780310328612
  • ISBN 0310328616
  • EAN 9780310328612
  • UPC 025986328610
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Feb 2018
  • Sales Rank #1591
  • Dimensions 180 x 127 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.222kg

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