Jesus: A Short Life: The Historical Evidence
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About "Jesus: A Short Life: The Historical Evidence"
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.
Meet the Author
John Dickson (Ph.D., Macquarie University, Sydney) is one of Australia's best selling Christian authors. Much of his remarkable output focuses on the reliability of the New Testament and the relevance of the gospel to contemporary life. Recently, his documentary The Christ Files featured on Chanel 7.
His books range from academic studies to popular apologetics and youth issues and include Mission-Commitment in Ancient Judaism and in the Pauline Communities (JCB Mohr; WUNT 2/159); Hanging in There; A Sneaking Suspicion; Jesus: A Hell of a Life; Simply Christianity: Beyond Religion; Vital Signs and The Spectator's Guide to Jesus
This gifted communicator started his career as a singer/songwriter with rock band, In the Silence and hosted the national music TV show, Swordfish, for 2 years. Since then, he has gone on to gain an honours degree in Theology and a doctorate in ancient history. He holds the position of Honorary Associate in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney. An ordained Anglican minister, John has spent the best part of a decade working as a local church minister.
Most recently he has produced Humilitas:A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership (Zondervan, 2011); Life of JesusWho He Is and Why He Matters (Zondervan, 2010); The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More Than Our Lips (Zondervan, 2010) ; Investigating Jesus: An Historian's Quest; Jesus: A Short Life; The Christ Files; and 666 and all That with Greg Clarke
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Dr John Dickson is an Honorary Associate of Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney. The qualified and reputable Professor outlines some of the methods Professors use to validate the authenticity of historicical texts. He conveys his expertise to layperson readers of the historical evidence for the story of Jesus as portrayed in the bible, thereby reaffirming the accuracy or authenticity of the bible as well! Dickson presents this factual evidence in a fascinating manner and so this quickly becomes a very enjoyable read indeed! The only limitation, I'll admit, is that some of the content overlaps with two of his other books, "Investigating Jesus" and "The Christ Files". I still recommend it though as, unlike the other two, this book focuses specifically on the story of Jesus.
Readable, short, clear and helpful -- classic John Dickson. This is an historical biography of Jesus rather than a purely biblical one. Because of the historical methodology, it has a refreshingly different feel to familiar biblical or theological accounts of Jesus' life, which makes it more accessible to a skeptical reader. Despite this, the essential ( radical) gospel of Jesus is clearly visible in the sources. Great book.