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What Have They Done with Jesus?

ISBN: 9780061120015
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Strange theories about Jesus seem to ooze from our culture with increasing regularity. Popular books and network TV specials proposing bizarre, historically unfounded tales of Jesus’ mysterious bloodline and secret teachings continue to titillate the religiously curious. Witherington, one of the top Jesus scholars today, will have none of it. There were no “Jesus Papers,” no “Lost Christianities,” no secret “Gnostic teachings” in the first century. With leading scholars and popular purveyors of bad history in his crosshairs, Witherington reveals what we can-and cannot-know about the real Jesus.

Utilizing a fresh “personality profile” approach, Witherington highlights core Christian claims by investigating the major figures in Jesus’ inner circle of followers: Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Thomas, Peter, James the brother of Jesus, Paul, and the mysterious “beloved disciple.” In each chapter Witherington satisfies our curiosities and answers the full range of questions about these key figures and what each of them can teach us about the historical Jesus. In what amounts to a vigorous defense of traditional Christianity, What Have They Done With Jesus? offers a compelling portrait of Jesus’ core message according to those who knew him best.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates the solid historical foundation of Jesus' life and teachings
  • Challenges faddish ideas about the origins of Christianity
  • Presents the historical evidence for Jesus' followers and his relationships with them

Praise for the Print Edition

In this accessible, yet scholarly book, Ben Witherington is absolutely right to focus on the people who were closest to Jesus. We know lot about them, enough to know that they knew a lot about Jesus. As Witherington shows, to know the real Jesus, we don’t have to resort to late and unreliable sources. The best sources are the ones we’ve always known about.

Richard Bauckham, Senior Scholar at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and a visiting professor at St. Mellitus College in London.

Witherington insightfully critiques today’s plethora of speculations about the evolution of earliest Christianity, rightly pointing us away from misinterpretations of Gnostic and other late documents and back to the earliest sources.

Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Eastern University, and author of three commentaries on the Gospels

Rumor, conjecture, salacious gossip, conspiratorial plots, innuendo, and hysterical alarm swirl around the name of Jesus these days. Ben Witherington III genially and coolly examines each item, one by one. It is a pleasure to watch one of our best biblical historians do some of his best historical work.

Eugene H. Peterson, translator of The Message

Product Details

  • Title: What Have They Done with Jesus?
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: viii, 343

About the Author

Ben Witherington III is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world and has written over thirty books, including The Brother of Jesus (co-author), The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. Witherington has been interviewed on NBC “Dateline”, CBS “48 Hours”, FOX News, top NPR programs, and major print media including the Associated Press and the New York Times.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition

  • Title: What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History—Why We Can Trust the Bible
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
  • Print Publication Date: 2006
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Historicity; Jesus Christ › Biography--Sources; Jesus Christ › History of doctrines; Jesus Christ › Friends and associates--Biography; Bible. N.T. Gospels › Biography; Christianity › Historiography
  • ISBN: 9780061120015
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-09-03T18:53:59Z
Ben Witherington III

Bible scholar Dr. Ben Witherington is considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Dr. Witherington is the Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his PhD from the University of Durham in England. Dr. Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A popular lecturer, Dr. Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges, and biblical meetings—not only in the United States, but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Australia. He’s also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Dr. Witherington has written over 40 books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical-studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Patheos website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Dr. Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX network.


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