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Jesus Under Fire

Michael J. Wilkins, J.P. Moreland, eds. (Zondervan: 1996), 254 pages.

Are the traditional answers to these questions still to be trusted? Did the early church and tradition "Christianize" Jesus? Was Christianity built on clever conceptions of the church, or on the character and actions of an actual person? These and similar questions have come under scrutiny by a forum of biblical scholars called the Jesus Seminar. Their conclusions have been widely publicized in magazines such as Time and Newsweek. Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. It examines the authenticity of the words, actions, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus, and presents compelling evidence for the traditional biblical teachings. Combining accessibility with scholarly depth, Jesus Under Fire helps readers judge for themselves whether the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus of history, and whether the Gospel’s claim is valid that he is the only way to God. ~ From the Publisher

Table of Contents

    • Dedication
    • Preface
    • Contributors
    • Abbreviations
    • Introduction: The Furor Surrounding Jesus    1
    • 1    Where Do We Start Studying Jesus?    17
    • 2    Who Is Jesus? An Introduction to Jesus Studies    51
    • 3    The Words of Jesus in the Gospels: Live, Jive, or Memorex?    73
    • 4    What Did Jesus Do?    101
    • 5    Did Jesus Perform Miracles?    117
    • 6    Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?    141
    • 7    Is Jesus the Only Way?    177
    • 8    Jesus Outside the New Testament: What Is the Evidence?    207
    • Conclusion: What Does All of This Mean?    231
    • Bibliography    233
    • Indexes    237