Searching For The Real Jesus

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Searching For The Real Jesus

Author : Geza Vermes
ISBN : 9780334048282
Genre : Religion
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Geza Vermes is the greatest living Jesus scholar. In "The Real Jesus", Vermes, best known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, comments on a variety of contemporary religious themes such as "The Da Vinci Code", Mel Gibson's infamous film "The Passion of the Christ", Benedict XVI's book "Jesus of Nazareth" and the "Gospel of Judas". Informed by the work of a world-class scholar, the short articles in this book open to the general reader the findings of some of the major discoveries of the twentieth century such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. This collection of shorter popular pieces, many of which appeared in "The Times" and other newspapers, makes Vermes' research on Christian origins, the Dead Sea Scrolls and most importantly Jesus the Jew accessible to a wider readership.
Category: Religion

My Imaginary Jesus

Author : Matt Mikalatos
ISBN : 1414370156
Genre : Religion
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Matt Mikalatos liked Jesus a lot. In fact, he couldn’t believe how much they had in common. They shared the same likes, dislikes, beliefs, and opinions. (Though Jesus did have better hair.) So imagine Matt’s astonishment when he finds out that the guy he knows as Jesus . . . isn’t. He’s an Imaginary Jesus: a comfortable, convenient imitation Matt has created in his own image. The real Jesus is still out there somewhere . . . and Matt is determined to find him. In this hilarious, fast-paced, sort-of-true story hailed as “Monty Python meets C. S. Lewis,” Matt embarks on an incredible chase to find the real Jesus and ask him the one question that his Imaginary Jesus has never been able to answer. It’s a wild spiritual adventure like nothing you’ve ever read before . . . and it might bring you face-to-face with an imposter in your own life. This new edition now contains a discussion guide, an interview with the author, and other bonus features! (Previously published as Imaginary Jesus.)
Category: Religion

The Case For The Real Jesus Student Edition

Author : Lee Strobel
ISBN : 9780310569190
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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There’s proof a man named Jesus of Nazareth once walked the earth, but opinions on exactly who he was can vary widely. Was he really the Son of God, or was he a nice guy who did some positive things on earth, or was he possibly an unstable man? And how can you know for sure what is true and what is false when it comes to what you’ve read or been told? Lee Strobel decided to investigate the real, historical Jesus and gather irrefutable evidence on everything connected to him so you can discover the biblical truth for yourself. A great prophet. A rebel. The Messiah. A crazy lunatic. Someone who never existed at all. All of these phrases describe different people’s views of Jesus, and various ancient documents have been discovered and various books have been written by scholars that seem to support each version. Not to mention all the arguments that say the Bible can’t be trusted as a reliable source of information on Jesus. So what are you supposed to believe—and why? Lee Strobel wanted the provable, undeniable truth, so he decided to return to the investigation he began in The Case for Christ and explore a variety of new angles to find out once and for all who the real Jesus was. Inside are interviews with numerous biblical scholars and once-zealous doubters about the most common arguments against Jesus, discussions of how reliable Scripture really is, examinations of unearthed ancient texts that appear to counter the gospels, and the evidence that shows who Jesus really was and continues to be in our world. Explore the case for yourself and decide: Is the real Jesus the one the Bible has proclaimed all along? The Case for the Real Jesus Student Edition: Presents the arguments for and against who Jesus is that teens and young adults thirteen and up often ask and encounter so they can see the real facts Uses logic and solid information to examine why Christians believe what they do Can be used in the classroom, in group studies, or as part of a religious studies or comparison class Contains infographics and charts to make the concepts clear Pairs well with The Case for Christ Student Edition, The Case for a Creator Student Edition, The Case for Faith Student Edition, and The Case for Miracles Student Edition
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Searching For Jesus

Author : Robert J. Hutchinson
ISBN : 9780718018498
Genre : Religion
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For more than a century, Bible scholars and university researchers have been systematically debunking what ordinary Christians believed about Jesus of Nazareth. But what if the most recent Biblical scholarship actually affirmed the New Testament? What if Jesus was not a Zealot revolutionary, or a Greek Cynic philosopher, or a proto-feminist Gnostic, but precisely what he claimed to be: the divine Son of Man prophesied in the Book of Daniel who gave his life as a ransom for many? What if everything the Gospels say about Jesus of Nazareth—his words, his deeds, his plans—turned out to be true? Searching for Jesus changes “what if?” to “what is,” debunking the debunkers and showing how the latest scholarship supports orthodox Christian belief.
Category: Religion

Four Portraits One Jesus

Author : Mark L. Strauss
ISBN : 9780310866152
Genre : Religion
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To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential. Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus. With clarity and insight, Mark Strauss illuminates these four books, first addressing their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He then moves on to closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating things such as plot, characters, and theme. Finally, he pulls it all together with a detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus’ ministry, message, death, and resurrection, with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.
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Young Restless No Longer Reformed

Author : Austin Fischer
ISBN : 9781630871161
Genre : Religion
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Does it really matter? Does it matter if we have free will? Does it matter if Calvinism is true? And does what you think about it matter? No and yes. No, it doesn't matter because God is who he is and does what he does regardless of what we think of him, just as the solar system keeps spinning around the sun even if we're convinced it spins around the earth. Our opinions about God will not change God, but they can change us. And so yes, it does matter because the conversations about free will and Calvinism confront us with perhaps the only question that really matters: who is God? This is a book about that question--a book about the Bible, black holes, love, sovereignty, hell, Romans 9, Jonathan Edwards, John Piper, C. S. Lewis, Karl Barth, and a little girl in a red coat. You've heard arguments, but here's a story--Austin Fischer's story, and his journey in and out of Calvinism on a trip to the center of the universe.
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Jesus Criteria And The Demise Of Authenticity

Author : Chris Keith
ISBN : 9780567377234
Genre : Religion
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This volume discusses the new approaches regarding the criteria of authenticity and their relevance in the quest for the historical Jesus studies.
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Jesus In The Jewish World

Author : Géza Vermès
ISBN : 9780334043799
Genre : Religion
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Geza Vermes is the greatest living Jesus scholar. In this collection of occasional pieces, he explores the world and the context in which Jesus of Nazareth lived and tells the story of the exploration of first-century Palestine by twentieth-century scholars.Informed by the work of a world-class scholar, the articles in this book open to the general reader the findings of some of the major discoveries of the twentieth century such as the Dead Sea Scrolls.This collection of shorter popular pieces, many of which appeared in The Times and other newspapers, makes Vermes' research on Christian origins, the Dead Sea Scrolls and most importantly Jesus the Jew accessible to a wider readership.
Category: Religion

Jesus The Fool

Author : Michael Frost
ISBN : 9781441232809
Genre : Religion
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"One who is strengthened by God professes himself to be an utter fool by human standards, because he despises the wisdom men strive for."--Thomas Aquinas "Go and do likewise. . . ."--Luke 10:37 Missiologist Michael Frost is looking for the real Jesus--the man who didn't care what people thought, worked on the Sabbath, touched the unclean, ate with sinners, and generally contradicted what was acceptable to the leadership of his day. He's searching for the Jesus who embodies all the characteristics of the ancient tradition of the holy foolish paradigm as described and commended by Paul, the church fathers, and the medieval saints. And he finds him. . . . Saintly fools prefer life out in the open in the secular world, intentionally make themselves conspicuous, and consistently defy rules set by society. Frost directs our minds and hearts to the greater story of Jesus. He reminds us that following the Savior is rarely safe--and that Christ will continue to redraw our blueprint of what's right and what's righteous; and will persist in calling us to take the alternative, dangerous, ridiculous road walked by wise fools down through the centuries of the church. A much-needed and longed-for challenge to emergent, contemporary, and traditional gatherings and churches alike.
Category: Religion

Searching For The Gospel Truth

Author : Bradley E. Overton
ISBN : 1432719769
Genre : Religion
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Learn what the ancient bible Prophets prophesied about the "True Church of the last days." The ancient bible prophecies presented by Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, "John the Revelator," and many others, come alive in this intriguing and riveting work by one of God's authorized priesthood holders. Like a detective, the reader is led from clue to clue, to answer the most intriguing questions that have puzzled so many bible scholars and historians throughout the centuries: does the real gospel truth exist anywhere on earth? Is there such a thing as the "One True Church" teaching the "One True Gospel of Jesus Christ?" Though many Christian Churches have often proclaimed they teach the gospel truth, many of these claims are fervently examined, and put under the scrutiny of a microscope, to challenge the age-old conventional wisdom that "it does not matter which church you attend." The secret catacombs of the past are completely unsealed so the warnings, presented by the ancient bible prophets, can finally be read and studied by the entire world. The mathematical secrets Daniel provides are also answered and what he predicted for our modern times will shock many Christians at their very core. Daniel's prophecies, when interpreted correctly, clearly dispels many of the most common myths and theories taught throughout the Christian world today. Daniel's prophecies also confirms the "One true gospel of Jesus Christ" does exist on earth today, and the real Christians who desire to find the Real gospel truth, only need to study the ancient bible prophecies to find the answers they are searching for. The scripture "seek and ye shall find" is proven more sacred and becomes a personal commandment for those who are truly determined to find the real gospel truth.
Category: Religion

The Good News Is Jesus

Author : Kilian McGowan
ISBN : 0938892002
Genre : Christian life
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Category: Christian life

Searching For Truth

Author : Thomas W. Currie
ISBN : 0664501397
Genre : Religion
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How can we speak the truth as truth, yet speak it in love? How can we avoid the temptation either to think that we alone possess the truth or to trim the truth to make it less offensive to the world? These are some of the questions that this clearly written book attempts to answer, questions about the challenge of claiming and trusting the truthfulness of gospel in a time when all such truth claims are suspect. The Foundations of Christian Faith series consists of twelve volumes on major theological themes such as the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. This series enables readers to learn about contemporary theology in ways that are clear, enjoyable, and meaningful. It examines the doctrines of the Christian faith and stimulates readers not only to think more deeply about their faith but also to understand their faith in relationship to contemporary challenges and questions. Individuals and study groups alike will find these guides invaluable in their search for depth and integrity in their Christian faith.
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Finding Faith A Search For What Is Real

Author : Brian D. McLaren
ISBN : 9780310858683
Genre : Religion
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There have been times when you’ve felt that if there isn’t a God, there ought to be. Swept up in the mystery of the night sky, you’ve felt the closeness of its designer. Nature’s extravagant diversity, unfolding in living color, has made you long to know the artist who dreamed it all up. Imagine what that might be like—to actually know God in a way that fills your heart and whispers tremendous value and purpose to something deep within you.But how can you experience a being you’re not even sure exists? Religious jargon and games can’t satisfy such a longing. It’s got to be real ... or nothing at all.A Search for What Is Real helps you sort through the questions, objections, and concerns that arise when you consider God not as some theological abstraction, but as someone you can actually connect with ... and want to connect with, perhaps more than you know.FINDING FAITHThe Finding Faith books A Search for What Makes Sense and A Search for What Is Real don’t try to tell you what to believe; they are guides in learning how to believe. If you think the spiritual journey requires turning your back on honesty and intellectual integrity, these two companion volumes will speak to both your mind and your soul.
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Who Is Jesus

Author : Carl E. Braaten
ISBN : 9780802866684
Genre : Religion
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New Testament scholars have long debated the historical identity of Jesus and the development of Christology within the church's history. In Who Is Jesus? Carl Braaten reviews the various historical Jesus quests, arguing that it is time for the current ("third") quest to admit failure. Against the implication that "the real Jesus has been lost and needs to be found," Braaten maintains that the only real Jesus is the One presented in the canonical Gospels and that "any other Jesus is irrelevant to Christian faith." He draws on a wealth of historical resources to address such contentious questions as these: What can we actually know about Jesus of Nazareth? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Is Jesus unique -- the one and only way of salvation? Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Was Jesus the founder of the Christian church? What does Jesus have to do with politics?
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Sanctification Of A Culture

Author : Raymond Hastings
ISBN : 9781469112862
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Within each of us lies the ability of influencing and forgiving others. This book reveals a dialogue between a young man and his teacher. This book is a fictional novel; however the content deals with the real life problems facing our young men, especially in our cities. Poe had to overcome his addiction to marijuana, the strains of poverty, confusion, paternal concerns and bad decision making that created a season of fear and doubt about his future. He struggles to learn the truth about certain events and customs. This quest for knowledge fascinates his teacher to the point that he is willing to share his opinion and in so doing his personal story and background about his country and culture. Poe is inspired by his teachers child like Christian faith and he later embraced it. Poe developed a mature relationship with God and he becomes a minister of the gospel, with zeal to effect change. In this first of a series he seeks to start a prison ministry. You will be encouraged, entertained, stimulated and inspired as you read through the pages of this book. Grace and peace.
Category: Family & Relationships

In Search Of My Real Identity

Author : Tammy Stone
ISBN : 9781462819683
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The purpose of this book is to look and examine oneself, in order to know if you are living and meeting the standards and expectations of the Living God. The objective is to identify where you fit within the Body of Christ. Are you displaying some of the characteristics of Jesus to such a degree it is obvious and recognizable to all who see you? Look at these characteristics listed below: • Crucified with Christ (living a surrendered life to the glory of God) • United with Jesus in a new life, through the renewing of your mind • Empowered with the anointing of God to live a holy and sanctified life • Submitting to Jesus authority and leadership under the direction of the Holy Spirit • Living a discipline and obedient life through God’s Holy Word • Purged and consecrated: assessable for use • Faith and commitment lived out daily At the end of reading the examples mention above, if you are not displaying some of the characteristics – then you my friend are living below your privilege as a child of God. Draw nearer to take a closer look in this mirror which I am offering through the pages of this book. Sit down, prepare to relax and look into the pages which will allow you to come face to face with your inner man. Allow the journey you will take to change your life on how you view and perceive yourself as a Christian.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit