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

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Learn about the vast amount of historical evidence available for the trustworthiness of the New Testament — that section of the Bible that discusses Jesus and the first Christians. Many people assume that the original wording of the New Testament has been distorted due to multiple copies being made over hundreds of years. Thus, they conclude that the accounts of Jesus must be mere fables, but nothing could be further from the truth.

This book was written without presuming prior knowledge of Jesus or Christianity. It presents scholarly evidence for the reliability of the New Testament, avoiding technical language and jargon that may be hard for people to understand. The author has supplied a wealth of background information, presented in an engaging way to shed light on the greatest life of all—Jesus Christ.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Illustrates literacy and historical awareness in ancient civilizations before and during the life of Jesus
  • Explains how it was possible for the first disciples to record Jesus’ life and teachings accurately
  • Evaluates the accuracy of document transmission over hundreds of years using New Testament documents
  • Discusses the content and credibility of non-Christian ancient literature on Jesus and the first Christians
  • Literacy and Gullibility in the World of Jesus
    • Writing History and Creating Libraries
    • Literacy in the Ancient World
    • Literacy in Jesus’ World
    • Illiteracy and Gullibility, Miracles and Reasoning
  • From Jesus’ Mouth to the Disciples’ Hands
    • Jesus the Teacher
    • Jesus’ Teaching Methods
  • Accuracy in the Copying of the New Testament Accounts
    • Ancient Copies of the New Testament: From Egypt to the Vatican
    • Making Copies without Photocopiers
    • Deliberate Changes and Their Cumulative Impact on Jesus’ Words
    • Prominent Variations and Their Impacts on Christian Living
    • Boundaries of Divergence Between Ancient Manuscripts and an English New Testament
  • Evidence from Early Christian and Non-Christian Witnesses
    • Christian Beliefs As Revealed by Christian and Non-Christian Writers Prior to 200 AD
    • Lucian and His View on Christianity
    • Lucian’s Book about Peregrinus: History or Fantasy?
    • Pliny the Younger
    • Was Josephus a Capable Historian?
    • Josephus and the New Testament
    • Implications
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 book is for you.

—Rev. Dr. John Sweetman, principal of Malyon College, Brisbane, Australia

Echoes of Jesus examines the vital question of the reliability of the New Testament, in particular the Gospel’s record of the words of Christ. It is a wide-ranging and comprehensive study, yet at the same time accessible and readable for those without a scholarly knowledge of the Bible.

—Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, adjunct professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Echoes of Jesus is a very insightful and much-needed book in the area of apologetics, particularly as the reliability of the Bible is increasingly challenged. 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 Bernie Power, lecturer in Islamic Studies, Melbourne School of Theology

The earthly words of Christ are an integral component of Scripture, and Jonathan Clerke has provided us a meticulously researched evidentialist account of how the logos of God has been accurately documented and preserved.

—Dr Ting Wang, former lecturer in Biblical Hebrew, Stanford University

  • Title: Echoes of Jesus: Does the New Testament Reflect What He Said?
  • Author: Jonathan P. Clerke
  • Publisher: IceFire Publishing
  • Print Publication Date: 2014
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 443
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Historicity; Jesus Christ › Biography--Sources; Bible. N.T. › Evidences, authority, etc; Authority › Religious aspects--Christianity
  • ISBNs: 9780992338305, 9781925177022
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-10-06T19:38:44Z

Jonathan P. Clerke has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, both from the University of Queensland. He has co-authored articles in peer-review scientific journals. This academic training has nurtured a strong research-based approach to examining information. He has applied these skills to some of the major questions concerning Jesus and Christianity over several decades. He has frequently spoken on Christian apologetics and is a member of the Australian Society of Authors.


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  1. Sarah Chan

    Sarah Chan


    Using archaeological records, manuscripts and other early Christian and non-Christian texts, Echoes of Jesus provides a systematic critical examination into the integrity and reliability of the New Testament, and Jesus as the Son of God. Clerke's book is comprehensive and free from jargon, making it accessible and also encouraging readers to delve deeper into the implications of truth. It has been a good resource for my theological studies and personal faith alike.

  2. Keong Chan

    Keong Chan


    As a mature theological student with background in Engineering R&D, 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. Keong Chan, VOSE Seminary, Perth, Western Australia.

  3. Bernard Low

    Bernard Low


    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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