This book challenges the findings of the Jesus Seminar, the controversial group of two hundred scholars who claim Jesus said 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him. Drawing on the biblical and historical scholarship Johnson demonstrates that the "real Jesus" is the one experienced in the present through faith rather than the one found in speculative historical reconstructions. A new preface by the author presents his point of view on the most recent rounds of this lively debate.
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Date:January 25, 2001
The best book I have read on refuting the charges against Jesus by the Jesus Seminar. Dr. Johnson's scholarship shows throughout. I loved the way he put the study of the historical Jesus in context. It allowed me to see that I was approaching these issues from the wrong direction (i.e. the historicity not through my personal experiences.) Great book.