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The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know About Jesus

John Dickson
Australian Author
The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know About Jesus
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The Christ Files: How Historians Know What They Know About Jesus

John Dickson

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In this fascinating book, John Dickson shows readers how the process of historical enquiry actually works, and provides a soundly argued assessment of the historicity of Jesus, drawn from biblical, patristic, rabbinic, and pagan source documents.

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In this fascinating book, John Dickson shows readers how the process of historical enquiry actually works, and provides a soundly argued assessment of the historicity of Jesus, drawn from biblical, patristic, rabbinic, and pagan source documents.
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An accessible explanation of-and answers to-the hot issues about the historical reliability of Jesus.

^^^Uniquely among the world's religions, the central claims of Christianity concern not just timeless spiritual truths, but tangible historical events. At the heart of the of the Christian faith are things that are meant to have happened in Palestine between 5 BC and AD 30. It's as if Christianity happily places its head on the chopping block of public scrutiny and invites anyone who wants to come and take a swing.

^ ^Some of Christianity's claims are so spectacular that they provoke a firestorm of questions, scrutiny, debate, and misinformation whenever they are discussed. The popularity of The Da Vinci Code and the frequent airing of TV documentaries delving into the darker uncertainties of Christianity show that such skepticism flourishes in the Western world today.

^ ^In The Christ Files you will learn how historians know what they know about Jesus. Historian John Dickson embraces the need to examine Christianity's claims in the light of history, opening readers to a wealth of ancient sources and explaining how mainstream scholars - whether or not they claim Christian faith personally - reach their conclusions.

^ ^Christianity arrived on the historical scene at a time of great literary activity. While many texts penned by ancient philosophers, historians, poets, and playwrights can reliably inform us about Jesus himself and about the culture in which he lived, others are not so credible. Dickson skillfully highlights both types of sources along with the historical methods used to study Christianity's claims. He also shows how historians assess the reliability of available data, and provides an honest but informed perspective on where historical issues are clear-cut and where personal faith comes into play. The Christ Files is a must-read for those looking to expand their understanding of early Christianity and the life of Jesus.


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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.

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Great Introduction into the Historical Evidence of Jesus
5 stars By Ash, Mar 27 2018
This short but detailed, easy to read book is a great introduction into the historical evidence of Jesus. I recommend the book not for academics or those who already know a lot about this topic, but for beginners who want to learn about the historical evidence of Jesus. I am new to this subject, and have found this book extremely helpful.
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I Should Have Bought the Pack!
5 stars By Tony H., Feb 06 2015
Why didn't I buy the pack?!  I bought the book only and now regret not buying the pack.  :-(

Dr John Dickson (Macquarie University, Sydney) describes how Professors validate the authenticity of historical texts.  It's amazing and fascinating how he can convey to the everyday layperson how accurate and authentic the bible is!  Like his other books also offering up historical evidence for the authenticity of the bible, this too is a must read!

There is one little hitch in that some of the content overlaps with two of his other books, "Jesus, a Short Life" and "Investigating Jesus".  I found that to be a good thing though as we can all benefit with a refresher from time-to-time on the historical authenticity of the bible.
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  • Catalogue Code 311461
  • Product Code 9780310328698
  • ISBN 0310328691
  • EAN 9780310328698
  • Pages 128
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Dec 2010
  • Sales Rank #6091
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 9 mm
  • Weight 0.136kg

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