• A Doubter's Guide to Jesus

  • By: John Dickson
  • Narrated by: Van Tracy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Who was Jesus?

Historical sources portray a person who was complex, multi-layered, and often contradictory to the tidy portrait that much of modern Christianity paints him as. Even the gospel accounts render him as both judge and healer, teacher and temple, servant and savior.

A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is a persuasive and often challenging investigation into the historical figure found in the earliest sources. These sources, which include references both direct and indirect - from Roman, Jewish, and Christian accounts - offer us more than simple evidence that Jesus existed; they begin to form a picture that is both deeply credible and profoundly counterintuitive.

Each section explores the evidence for a different aspect of the most influential figure in human history, exploring:

  • His words and their impact
  • The scandal of his social life
  • His preference for the poor and lowly
  • The meaning of his death and influence of his promises

The goal is not to turn Jesus into something neater, more systematic and digestible; but to see him more clearly as someone who stretches our imaginations, confronts our beliefs, and challenges our lifestyles.

After two millennia of spiritual devotion and more than two centuries of modern critical research, we still cannot fit Jesus into a box - and this is as challenging as it is deeply compelling.

©2018 John Dickson (P)2018 Zondervan

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Great information!

Great information in this book, things I had not heard or read before. The narrator is excellent and easy to listen to. I am looking forward to listening to the entire book again.

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Packed with Truth & Information

This book is packed with truth and information, and it's thorough in its citations. It can be a tad dry at times given its somewhat academic nature, but it's well worth the read.

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Informative, as hoped for

Whilst this book is truly fascinating and informative to an accessible degree, the narrator certainly lets the team down with very crucial mispronunciations; from historical figures to locations. For me as a listener, this was distracting.
Otherwise a great book and worthwhile for anyone wanting the history of Jesus and the New Testament.

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Sober, deep and honest!

I loved this book. The author is very clear and objective. I'm sure you will learn something new, or at least have your view expanded on some topics. If you wish to know more about the historical Jesus, this book is for you.

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FANTASTIC!!!

I LOVE his approach, flow, clarity, and use of various sources. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

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excellent summary of Christian faith

John Dickson gives an excellent summary of the Christian faith. Suitable for Christians learning what Christianity really is and for seekers wanting to know more.

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  • S. Andrews
  • 12-23-18

Buy the book

I find the delivery almost impossible and it just confirms to me how reading is different from listening - for example, I would gloss over/speed read all the references in normal life, but you have to listen to them on Audible. Sorry, it just doesn't work for me. BUT I do want to buy the book as I enjoy John Dickson's works.

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  • Hayden
  • 03-21-18

I enjoyed the book so much I listened to it back to back

I have listened to dozens upon dozens of audiobooks on audible and this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to write a review.
As a lover of history I enjoyed learning how the early christians, contemporary jews and romans saw the most important person in human history. As an Australian I appreciated the Australian references made throughout. As a Christian I appreciated the call to emulate Christ in his servitude, love for the oppressed and desire to improve the lives of those around us.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-21

Good book

I learned a few new things from this book.
The author has referenced all his research throughout.

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  • David Graieg
  • 12-11-20

A concise, informative and engaging book

Easy to listen too, especially regarding the content. It made me smile when Dickson stated scholarship is on a continuum from skeptical to mainstream to apologetics and this book isn't even on the spectrum =)
It would be good if audible could add chapter titles, they should be:
1 Intro
2 IMAGININGS: Making Jesus in Our Image
3 SOURCES: How We Know What We Know About Jesus
4 TEACHER: His Words and Their Impact
5 HEALER: The Deeds That Baffle
6 ISRAEL:  A Nation on His Shoulders
7 CHRIST: More Than a Surname
8 JUDGE: His Pledge to Bring Justice
9 FRIEND: The Scandal of His Social Life
10 TEMPLE: The Relocation of God’s Presence
11 SAVIOUR: The Meaning of His Death
12 ADAM: The Promise of His Resurrection
13 CAESAR: His Subversion of an Empire
14 GOD: His Oneness with the Almighty
15 SERVANT: His Preference for the Lowly       
16 Epilogue: Portrait of a Follower of Jesus

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  • moises
  • 05-02-18

Great overview of many note worthy points.

what an amazing way to refresh ones understand of Jesus and church history with thought provocative questions.