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The Case For Christmas

Lee Strobel

The Case For Christmas

Lee Strobel

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The Case for ChristmasCopyright 1998, 2005 by Lee StrobelThis book is excerpted from The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel,copyright 1998 by Lee Strobel.Requests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530ISBN-10: 0-310-25476-0ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25476-8All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from theHoly Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973,1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan.All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by anymeans-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permissionof the publisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaEdited by Rebecca ShingledeckerPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?OPM/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1We want to hear from you. Please send your commentsabout this book to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com.Thank you.THE EYEWITNESS EVIDENCE:CAN THE BIOGRAPHIESOF JESUS BE TRUSTED?When I first met soft-spoken Leo Carter, he was aseventeen-year-old veteran of Chicago''s grittiestneighborhood. His testimony had put three killers inprison. And he was still carrying a .38-caliber slug in hishead-a grisly reminder of a horrific saga that began whenhe witnessed Elijah Baptist gun down a local grocer.Leo and a friend, Leslie Scott, were playing basketballwhen they saw Elijah, then sixteen years old, slay SamBlue outside his grocery store. Leo had known the grocersince childhood. "When we didn''t have any food, he''dgive us some," Leo explained to me. "So when I went tothe hospital and they said he was dead, I knew I''d haveto testify about what I saw."Eyewitness testimony is powerful. One of the mostdramatic moments in a trial is when a witness describesthe crime that he or she saw and then points confidentlytoward the defendant as being the perpetrator. Elijah Baptistknew that the only way to avoid prison would be tosomehow prevent Leo Carter and Leslie Scott from doingjust that.So Elijah and two of his pals staged an ambush. Leslieand Leo''s brother, Henry, were brutally murdered, while Leowas shot in the head and left for dead. But somehow, againstall odds, Leo lived. The bullet, in a place too precarious tobe removed, remained in his skull. Despite searing headachesthat strong medication couldn''t dull, he became the sole eyewitnessagainst Elijah Baptist and his two cohorts. His wordwas good enough to land them in prison for the rest of theirlives.Leo Carter is one of my heroes. He made sure justicewas served, even though he paid a monumental price for it.When I think of eyewitness testimony, even to this day-thirty years later-his face still appears in my mind.2TESTIMONY FROM DISTANT TIMEYes, eyewitness testimony can be compelling and convincing.When a witness has had ample opportunity toobserve a crime, when there''s no bias or ulterior motives,when the witness is truthful and fair, the climactic act ofpointing out a defendant in a courtroom can be enoughto doom that person to prison or worse.And eyewitness testimony is just as crucial in investigatinghistorical matters-even the issue of whether theChristmas manger really contained the unique Son of God.But what eyewitness accounts do we possess? Do wehave the testimony of anyone who personally interactedwith Jesus, who listened to his teachings, who saw his miracles,who witnessed his death, and who encountered himafter his alleged resurrection? Do we have any records fromfirst-century "journalists" who interviewed eyewitnesses,asked tough questions, and faithfully recorded what theyscrupulously determined to be true?I knew that just as Leo Carter''s testimony clinched theconvictions of three brutal murderers, eyewitness accountsfrom the mists of distant time could help resolve the mostimportant spiritual issue of all. To get solid answer

- Publisher Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he---really? And how can you know for sure? Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. Join him as he asks the tough, pointed questions you'd expect from an award-winning legal journalist. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including Eyewitness Evidence---Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted? Scientific Evidence---What does archaeology reveal? Profile Evidence---Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God? Fingerprint Evidence---Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah? The Case for Christmas invites you to consider why Christmas matters in the first place. Somewhere beyond the traditions of the holiday lies the truth. It may be more compelling than you've realized. Weigh the facts . . . and decide for yourself.

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The Case for ChristmasCopyright 1998, 2005 by Lee StrobelThis book is excerpted from The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel,copyright 1998 by Lee Strobel.Requests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530ISBN-10: 0-310-25476-0ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25476-8All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from theHoly Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973,1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan.All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by anymeans-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permissionof the publisher.Interior design by Michelle EspinozaEdited by Rebecca ShingledeckerPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?OPM/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1We want to hear from you. Please send your commentsabout this book to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com.Thank you.THE EYEWITNESS EVIDENCE:CAN THE BIOGRAPHIESOF JESUS BE TRUSTED?When I first met soft-spoken Leo Carter, he was aseventeen-year-old veteran of Chicago''s grittiestneighborhood. His testimony had put three killers inprison. And he was still carrying a .38-caliber slug in hishead-a grisly reminder of a horrific saga that began whenhe witnessed Elijah Baptist gun down a local grocer.Leo and a friend, Leslie Scott, were playing basketballwhen they saw Elijah, then sixteen years old, slay SamBlue outside his grocery store. Leo had known the grocersince childhood. "When we didn''t have any food, he''dgive us some," Leo explained to me. "So when I went tothe hospital and they said he was dead, I knew I''d haveto testify about what I saw."Eyewitness testimony is powerful. One of the mostdramatic moments in a trial is when a witness describesthe crime that he or she saw and then points confidentlytoward the defendant as being the perpetrator. Elijah Baptistknew that the only way to avoid prison would be tosomehow prevent Leo Carter and Leslie Scott from doingjust that.So Elijah and two of his pals staged an ambush. Leslieand Leo''s brother, Henry, were brutally murdered, while Leowas shot in the head and left for dead. But somehow, againstall odds, Leo lived. The bullet, in a place too precarious tobe removed, remained in his skull. Despite searing headachesthat strong medication couldn''t dull, he became the sole eyewitnessagainst Elijah Baptist and his two cohorts. His wordwas good enough to land them in prison for the rest of theirlives.Leo Carter is one of my heroes. He made sure justicewas served, even though he paid a monumental price for it.When I think of eyewitness testimony, even to this day-thirty years later-his face still appears in my mind.2TESTIMONY FROM DISTANT TIMEYes, eyewitness testimony can be compelling and convincing.When a witness has had ample opportunity toobserve a crime, when there''s no bias or ulterior motives,when the witness is truthful and fair, the climactic act ofpointing out a defendant in a courtroom can be enoughto doom that person to prison or worse.And eyewitness testimony is just as crucial in investigatinghistorical matters-even the issue of whether theChristmas manger really contained the unique Son of God.But what eyewitness accounts do we possess? Do wehave the testimony of anyone who personally interactedwith Jesus, who listened to his teachings, who saw his miracles,who witnessed his death, and who encountered himafter his alleged resurrection? Do we have any records fromfirst-century "journalists" who interviewed eyewitnesses,asked tough questions, and faithfully recorded what theyscrupulously determined to be true?I knew that just as Leo Carter''s testimony clinched theconvictions of three brutal murderers, eyewitness accountsfrom the mists of distant time could help resolve the mostimportant spiritual issue of all. To get solid answer
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Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he---really? And how can you know for sure? Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. Join him as he asks the tough, pointed questions you'd expect from an award-winning legal journalist. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including Eyewitness Evidence---Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted? Scientific Evidence---What does archaeology reveal? Profile Evidence---Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God? Fingerprint Evidence---Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah? The Case for Christmas invites you to consider why Christmas matters in the first place. Somewhere beyond the traditions of the holiday lies the truth. It may be more compelling than you've realized. Weigh the facts . . . and decide for yourself.
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Meet the Author

Lee Strobel

Atheist-turned-Christian, Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal affairs editor of The Chicago Tribune. He holds a Master of Studies in Law degree, as well as a journalism degree and was a professional journalist for 14 years, winning Illinois' top honours for investigative reporting and public service journalism from United Press International.

In 1981, after a two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee received Christ as his Saviour, and subsequently became a teaching pastor at two of America's largest churches - Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago in 1987 and Saddleback Valley Community Church, California in 2000. In 2002 he left Saddleback's staff to focus on writing.

A New York Times best-selling author of nearly 20 books, he has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the evangelical community's most popular apologists." His journey from atheism to faith has been documented in the Gold Medallion-winning books The Case for Christ, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary and The Case for Faith.

His other best-sellers include Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, which he co-authored with his wife, Leslie; God's Outrageous Claims and What Jesus Would Say? Lee also shared the prestigious ECPA Jordon Christian Book of the Year award in 2005 for a curriculum he co-authored about the movie The Passion of the Christ.

Lee is also co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training curriculum, which is used around the world. And his articles have been published in a variety of magazines, including Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, The Christian Research Journal, Guideposts, and Decision. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Outreach on-line magazine.

Lee and Leslie have been married for 33 years and live in Southern California. They have a daughter, Alison, and son Kyle who is married to Kellie, both Alison and Kyle are writers.
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Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Introduction: Who Was In The Manger On That First Christmas Morning? 7
  • 1. The Eyewitness Evidence: 13
  • Can The Biographies Of Jesus Be Trusted?
  • 2. The Scientific Evidence: 37
  • Does Archaeology Confirm Or Contradict Jesus' Biographies?
  • 3. The Profile Evidence: 55
  • Did Jesus Fulfill The Attributes Of God?
  • 4. The Fingerprint Evidence: 67
  • Did Jesus---and Jesus Alone---match The Identity Of The Messiah?
  • Conclusion: The Verdict Of History 87
  • For Further Evidence 93
  • Notes 95

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Excerpt from: The Case For Christmas

THE EYEWITNESS EVIDENCE: CAN THE BIOGRAPHIES OF JESUS BE TRUSTED? When I first met soft-spoken Leo Carter, he was a seventeen-year-old veteran of Chicago's grittiest neighborhood. His testimony had put three killers in prison. And he was still carrying a .38-caliber slug in his head---a grisly reminder of a horrific saga that began when he witnessed Elijah Baptist gun down a local grocer. Leo and a friend, Leslie Scott, were playing basketball when they saw Elijah, then sixteen years old, slay Sam Blue outside his grocery store. Leo had known the grocer since childhood. 'When we didn't have any food, he'd give us some,' Leo explained to me. 'So when I went to the hospital and they said he was dead, I knew I'd have to testify about what I saw.' Eyewitness testimony is powerful. One of the most dramatic moments in a trial is when a witness describes the crime that he or she saw and then points confidently toward the defendant as being the perpetrator. Elijah Baptist knew that the only way to avoid prison would be to somehow prevent Leo Carter and Leslie Scott from doing just that. So Elijah and two of his pals staged an ambush. Leslie and Leo's brother, Henry, were brutally murdered, while Leo was shot in the head and left for dead. But somehow, against all odds, Leo lived. The bullet, in a place too precarious to be removed, remained in his skull. Despite searing headaches that strong medication couldn't dull, he became the sole eyewitness against Elijah Baptist and his two cohorts. His word was good enough to land them in prison for the rest of their lives. Leo Carter is one of my heroes. He made sure justice was served, even though he paid a monumental price for it. When I think of eyewitness testimony, even to this day--- thirty years later---his face still appears in my mind.2 TESTIMONY FROM DISTANT TIME Yes, eyewitness testimony can be compelling and convincing. When a witness has had ample opportunity to observe a crime, when there's no bias or ulterior motives, when the witness is truthful and fair, the climactic act of pointing out a defendant in a courtroom can be enough to doom that person to prison or worse. And eyewitness testimony is just as crucial in investigating historical matters---even the issue of whether the Christmas manger really contained the unique Son of God. But what eyewitness accounts do we possess? Do we have the testimony of anyone who personally interacted with Jesus, who listened to his teachings, who saw his miracles, who witnessed his death, and who encountered him after his alleged resurrection? Do we have any records from first-century 'journalists' who interviewed eyewitnesses, asked tough questions, and faithfully recorded what they scrupulously determined to be true? I knew that just as Leo Carter's testimony clinched the convictions of three brutal murderers, eyewitness accounts from the mists of distant time could help resolve the most important spiritual issue of all. To get solid answers, I flew to Denver to interview a scholar who literally wrote the book on the topic: Dr. Craig Blomberg, author of The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. INTERVIEW: CRAIG L. BLOMBERG, PHD Craig Blomberg is widely considered one of the country's foremost authorities on the biographies of Jesus, which are called the four gospels. He received his doctorate in New Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland, later serving as a senior research fellow for Tyndale House at Cambridge University in England, where he was part of an elite group of international scholars that produced a series of acclaimed works on Jesus. He is currently a professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. As he settled into a high-back chair in his office, cup of coffee in hand, I too sipped some coffee to ward off the Colorado chill. Because I sensed Blomberg was a get-tothe- point kind of guy, I decided to start my interview by cutting to the core of the issue. 'Tell me this,' I said with an edge of challenge in my voice, 'is it really possible to be an intelligent, critically thinking person and still believe that the four gospels were written by the people whose names have been attached to them?' Blomberg set his coffee cup on the edge of his desk and looked intently at me. 'The answer is yes,' he said with conviction. He sat back and continued. 'It's important to acknowledge that strictly speaking, the gospels are anonymous. But the uniform testimony of the early church was that Matthew, also known as Levi, the tax collector and one of The Eyewitness Evidence 15 the twelve disciples, was the author of the first gospel in the New Testament; that John Mark, a companion of Peter, was the author of the gospel we call Mark; and that Luke, known as Paul's 'beloved physician,' wrote both the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.' 'How uniform was the belief that they were the authors?' I asked. 'There are no known competitors for these three gospels,' he said. 'Apparently, it was just not in dispute.' Even so, I wanted to test the issue further. 'Excuse my skepticism,' I said, 'but would anyone have had a motivation to lie by claiming these people wrote these gospels, when they really didn't?' Blomberg shook his head. 'Probably not. Remember, these were unlikely characters,' he said, a grin breaking on his face. 'Mark and Luke weren't even among the twelve disciples. Matthew was, but as a former hated tax collector, he would have been the most infamous character next to Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus! 'Contrast this with what happened when the fanciful Apocryphal Gospels were written much later. People chose the names of well-known and exemplary figures to be their fictitious authors---Philip, Peter, Mary, James. Those names carried much more weight than the names of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. So to answer your question, there would not have been any reason to attribute authorship to these three less respected people if it weren't true.' That sounded logical, but it was obvious that he was leaving out one of the gospel writers. 'What about John?' I asked. 'He was extremely prominent; in fact, he wasn't just one of the twelve disciples but one of Jesus' inner three, along with James and Peter.'

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  • Pages 96
  • Department Academic
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  • Publisher Harper Collins Gift Books
  • Publication Date Sep 2005
  • Dimensions 190 x 133 x 12 mm
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