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The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ
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The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ


College Press 1996

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Examining archaeological, textual, and extra-biblical evidence, Gary R. Habermas provides a strong foundation for the existence and deity of Jesus. He begins by surveying the past centuries of historical Jesus studies, highlighting key figures and offering an informed critique of their arguments. Habermas concludes with a convincing survey of the historical data available to the modern reader. His detailed engagement with early creedal statements, archaeological data, and other witnesses is both reasoned and convincing.


  • Part One: Contemporary Challenges to the Historicity of Jesus
    • The Modern Quest for the Historical Jesus
    • Did Jesus Ever Live?
    • Limitations on the Historical Jesus
    • Reinterpretations of the Historical Jesus
    • The New Gnosticism
    • The Jesus Seminar and the Historical Jesus
  • Part Two: Historical Data for the Life of Jesus
    • Primary Sources: Creeds and Facts
    • Archaeological Sources
    • Ancient Non-Christian Sources
    • Ancient Christian Sources (Non-New Testament)
    • Summary and Assessment
  • Part Three: Appendixes
    • Historiography
    • An Apologetic Outline
    • A Selected Scholarly Bibliography for Non-Christian Sources

Product Details

  • Title: The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ
  • Author: Gary R. Habermas
  • Publisher: College Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 298

About Gary R. Habermas

Gary R. Habermas (PhD, Michigan State University) is distinguished research professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 25 books.

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