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Echoes of Jesus: Does the New Testament Reflect What He Said?

Jonathan Clerke

Echoes of Jesus: Does the New Testament Reflect What He Said?

Jonathan Clerke

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Are Jesus' words reflected in the pages of the New Testament?

Many find it impossible to believe Jesus' words were recorded accurately because he did not write the New Testament himself and there were no mechanical or electronic methods of recording his teachings. Furthermore, surely the hand-copying over the centuries must have distorted the original manuscripts.

This book presents evidence showing that the New Testament is an accurate portrayal of the life and teachings of Jesus, freeing the reader to accept the reliability of the message. The startling findings are covered in depth, yet without assuming the reader is familiar with Christianity or has significant background knowledge. Extensive research reveals the evidence itself, so that the reader can decide if the conclusions are reasonable. Echoes of Jesus is unique because it:

* illustrates how literate and historically aware the ancient civilisations were before and during the life of Jesus
* explains how it was possible for the first disciples to accurately record what Jesus taught and did
* provides a highly readable explanation of ancient New Testament documents and what they have to say about accuracy in copying over the hundreds of years
* discusses the content and credibility of non-Christian ancient literature that comment on Jesus and the first Christians.

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Are Jesus' words reflected in the pages of the New Testament?

Many find it impossible to believe Jesus' words were recorded accurately because he did not write the New Testament himself and there were no mechanical or electronic methods of recording his teachings. Furthermore, surely the hand-copying over the centuries must have distorted the original manuscripts.

This book presents evidence showing that the New Testament is an accurate portrayal of the life and teachings of Jesus, freeing the reader to accept the reliability of the message. The startling findings are covered in depth, yet without assuming the reader is familiar with Christianity or has significant background knowledge. Extensive research reveals the evidence itself, so that the reader can decide if the conclusions are reasonable. Echoes of Jesus is unique because it:

* illustrates how literate and historically aware the ancient civilisations were before and during the life of Jesus
* explains how it was possible for the first disciples to accurately record what Jesus taught and did
* provides a highly readable explanation of ancient New Testament documents and what they have to say about accuracy in copying over the hundreds of years
* discusses the content and credibility of non-Christian ancient literature that comment on Jesus and the first Christians.
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New York Times bestselling books have taken the view that the oldest New Testament documents paint a very different picture to later copies. Others are of the opinion that the original gospel accounts were never intended to be historically accurate. Many people assume that the bias of the original NT authors distorted their recollections of Jesus, and Jesus' words were not put into written form for several decades, allowing distortion to occur.What would you say? What do you believe and why? Were Jesus' words recorded accurately by the gospel writers during Jesus' life & the making & copying of the New Testament? This highly readable account considers gospel textual criticism, Christian historiography, literacy & more. See evidence for the reliability of the recounting of Jesus.Echoes of Jesus equips you with evidence in an engaging manner, following along a logical journey of discovery. When you've purchased and read this book you will: - understand how literate and historically aware the ancient civilisations were - appreciate how it was possible for the first disciples to accurately record Jesus' life and teachings - have a highly readable explanation of early Greek New Testament documents and know what they have to say about accuracy in copying - know the content and credibility of non-Christian ancient literature that comment on Jesus and the first Christians. Rev Dr John Sweetman, D.Min (USA); Principal of Malyon College, Brisbane: This is a book for those who like to question and think and who are not satisfied with pat answers. This is an excellent resource for theological faculty and students as well as for anyone genuinely searching for truth. If you have questions or doubts about the identity of the real Jesus or the reliability of the Bible, this is the book for you. Dr Bernie Power, D.Th, lecturer in Islamic Studies: Echoes of Jesus is a very insightful and much-needed book in the area of apologetics. I plan to use it as a text in Australia's only theologically-accredited Apologetics to Islam course run at the Melbourne School of Theology.Dr James M. Leonard, PhD (Cambridge), former Adjunct Professor (LSU, Notre Dame Seminary, Loyola University, John Brown University, Arkansas, US): This well written work on the biblical account of the historical Jesus exposes the reader to key issues that are often overlooked in popular Christian apologetics. It raises the believer's confidence levels in the reliability of the Gospels and the apostolic writings, and should be taken seriously by scholars.Rev. Dr. Bernard Low, former Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at Singapore Bible College; PhD (University of Nottingham): Clerke's research establishes that: (a) there was a high-level of literacy in the ancient world including Jesus's; (b) people in the ancient world were not as gullible as critics of Christianity have claimed; (c) ancient historians were both professional and credible in their task of recording history; (d) as a master-teacher, Jesus employed methods which facilitated the remembrance and easy recall of his teachings; (e) the autographs of the New Testament were faithfully transmitted.Features of Echoes of Jesus - More than 104,000 words of text spread over more than 400 pages - More than 1,000 footnoted references, - Over 22,000 words of footnotes - Footnotes placed at the bottom of each page for easy reach
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Meet the Author

Jonathan Clerke

Jonathan Clerke has a Bachelor of Science with Honours majoring in zoology and parasitology, and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Both were obtained from the University of Queensland, Australia. He has brought his rigorous scientific training to bear on the question of the reliability of Scripture.

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Useful resource
4 stars By Keong Chan, Oct 05 2015
As a mature theological student with background in Engineering RD, I find Echoes of Jesus a very useful and helpful resource. The author provide wealth of factual information that are very handy when doing my research for my New Testament assignments and my personal devotions. I enjoyed the way the author systematically layout the book with strong data to backup. I will recommend this book to my fellow students and church friends. 
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A Robust and Well-Researched Defence of the Christian Faith
4 stars By Dr. Bernard Low, May 04 2015
For anyone interested in the truth claims of Christianity, this book by Jonathan Clerke is a helpful and interesting read and an excellent resource. Based on extensive, robust and systematic research of primary and secondary sources, the author persuasively argues that the New Testament accurately and faithfully records what Jesus said and taught in his lifetime. Clerke's research establishes the following: (a) there was a high-level of literacy in the ancient world including Jesus's; (b) people in the ancient world were not as gullible as critics of Christianity have claimed; (c) ancient historians were both professional and credible in their task of recording history; (d) as a master-teacher, Jesus employed methods which facilitated the remembrance and easy recall of his teachings; (e) the autographs of the New Testament were faithfully transmitted despite variant readings and textual traditions; and, (f) extra-biblical sources like Lucian, Pliny the Younger and Josephus contain reliable evidences which attest to the veracity of the New Testament. Clerke has done a great service to the church in writing this book to defend the truth claims of Christianity. His research has also significant implications for Christian-Muslim dialogue. This book is not for the faint of heart as it requires much patience and critical thinking to grapple with all the research. But, for the cause of truth, the effort is worth it!
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Yes, The Bible does Echoe Jesus
5 stars By David P, Feb 21 2015
If you are after a book with a scholarly background and are searching for proof that the bible contains the endless truth on the written words of Jesus, then this book certainly satisfies. Written in an easy to follow format, Jonathan takes the reader into many well researched areas of historical writings, both religious and secular. For those early on the journey of faith, this book is easy to follow and is well footnoted for those whom require more information on this subject. I enjoyed the consistent format of each chapter which starts by stating its mission of discovery, then a journey of facts, ending with a solid conclusion. This allows the reader to take in the discoveries in enjoyable portions without having to read the book in one session. A great read for all ages and an excellent reference source for both bible study background and education institutions.
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A 'must-have' book for astute readers
5 stars By Gwenda J , Feb 05 2015
'Echoes of Jesus' is a must-have book for all those interested in the person of Jesus, the credibility of the Bible, and in particular the New Testament. Written in an easy-to-understand and logical format Jonathan answers the pertinent questions a person may have about literacy in the ancient world, the teaching methods of Jesus, and the amazing accuracy and credibility of the New Testament accounts as well as including a selection of ratifying evidence for Jesus from early Christian and non-Christian witnesses. Whether you're a layperson wanting for proof for Jesus or a theological student researching the accuracy of the Bible 'Echoes of Jesus' will more than satisfy your needs
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A must-read for every bible-believing Christian (and seekers of truth).
5 stars By Karen, Nov 06 2014
This is a clear, extremely well written book that is really interesting and insightful. The author's research is thorough and provides lots of references for readers to check out if desired. Leaves absolutely no doubt that the Bible can be trusted as the truth. It's the sort of book that will anchor your faith no matter whether you're new to studying God's Word, or are a long-time Bible scholar. Recommended for all seekers of truth, and would make an excellent study text for Bible Colleges. 5 stars!
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  • Catalogue Code 414358
  • Product Code 9780992338305
  • ISBN 0992338301
  • EAN 9780992338305
  • Pages 401
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Icefire Publishing
  • Publication Date Dec 2013
  • Sales Rank #62098
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.642kg

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