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From college classrooms to best selling books to the Internet, the historic picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught. This fierce attack on the traditional portrait of Christ has confused spiritual seekers and created doubt among many Christians: but can these radical new claims and revisionist theories stand up to sober scrutiny?
©2007 Lee Strobel (P)2007 Zondervan

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"Evangelical readers will come away with deeper understanding of the various arguments about Jesus." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dan
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • 08-12-08

A Re-awakening.

I have real questions for a real faith. I believe this books is a valiant effort to balance the bias that the media and liberal education flood us with. I also believe it is unfortunate that the students of Dr. Ehrman (whom the book references) consider his apologetics as the final word on the mnatter. I also applaud The Teaching Company for including professors such as Dr. Johnson in their courses to balance the bias. It is clear that many esteemed "intellectuals" such as Dr. Ehrman have an ax to grind. I thus applaud Lee Strobel for presenting an objective as possible approach to serious matters of faith. Ivory Tower intellectuals do not have all of the answers and they know it.

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  • Marcus
  • Cleveland, TX, USA
  • 12-05-07

True Scholarship

In his book "The Case for the Real Jesus", Lee Strobel does an excellent job of refuting current arguments against Jesus and the gospel. He accomplishes this difficult task through science, research, and scholarly examination of hard evidence. An excellent read; easy to understand and entertaining.

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Would you listen to The Case for the Real Jesus again? Why?

This is an excellent treatment of the historical evidence, logical implications and conclusions coming from it. The only real way to overcome this carefully presented arguement is to successfully dispute the facts upon which it is constructed. Because the facts are beyond dispute and accepted even by critics of the conclusion, it is hard to see how you can reach any other conclusions than Stroble presents.

Strobel's intellectual honesty and willingness to admit his sketicism at first blush at some responses to his questions, only adds to the strength of the arguments. He often does not take even the third and fourth answers without question. This is a thorough job that demonstrates that Strobel has thought through his subject long before the interviews. He does not let his interviewees off lightly! But he does not adopt an antagonistic tone.

The objection some will raise is that Strobel didn't scream and rant at his interviewees. He treated them respectfully. This will be construed as being soft on the arguements. Obviously Strobel has presuppostions, so he is not going to make a fool of himself by adopting a belligerent approach, just to prove his so called objectivity. But then EVERYONE begins with presuppositions, even skeptics, and skeptics would hardly disqualify themselves on that premise!

All in all this is a good job. I only wish journalists today were as thorough and thoughtful as this when they are covering politics. On average in the news cycle we get nowhere near this level of objective and honest reporting.

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Well Researched! Well Written!

Lee Strobel uses the skills he learned as an investigative journalist to research and investigate the varying claims about who Jesus was and who He wasn't.

Was Jesus the Son of God? Was he just a wise man? Was he something else altogether? Read this great book to find out!

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  • Cynthia
  • Acworth, GA, USA
  • 12-27-07

Great for Seekers

This is a great book for people with questions about Jesus!

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  • jermaine
  • tyler, TX, United States
  • 09-01-07

A real search for the truth

If your not afraid to look at the facts this is a fine book that cuts no corner.

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awesome

probably my favorite entry in the case for series, I love this subject and it does it justice. every objection destroyed by top level scholars, doesn't get any better

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just ok

it was presented as though he was on a journey to find answers, but I don't completely buy it in the way the story is told.

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Transformed my view of historical Jesus

This is a transformational review of the history and tradition surrounding the person and identity of Jesus.

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Great book, Its a must read for every one.

If you could sum up The Case for the Real Jesus in three words, what would they be?

Scholarly, Relevant, Educational. This book should be read by everyone that has any questions or doubt about the historical record of Gods word. If you are of the belief or considering some of the new age teachings, this is a must read. It will give you a clear path to finding any answers. If you are solid in your foundation in Christ it will show you how shallow all the arguments against Christianity or new age false teaching truly are.