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The objective of this LibGuide is to introduce the student to the complex subject of "The Historical Jesus." Scholars and others hold strong views on this topic. There is debate about the personality and beliefs of Jesus, as this Guide will illustrate
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PCCC Book on Jesus

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From Jesus to Christ: The Origens of the New Testament Images of Jesus - Paula Fredriksen
Call Number: BT 198 .F82 2000
ISBN: 0300084579
Publication Date: 2000


Library Holdings

The PCCC Library has a number of books dealing with the historical Jesus.   Representing different views, they illustrate the deep,  lively debate over the nature of Jesus, his mission, the circumstances of his death and his possible resurrection.   Books can be found in the BT 301, BT 303,  BR 129, BS2553, BT 198 and BS 2555 sections.   Representative books include: "From Jesus to Christ" by Paula Fredriksen, "The Historical Jesus" by John Dominic Crossen, "The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition" by Paul Eddy and Gregory Boyd, "Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels" by Craig A. Evans, "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & The Heart of Contemporary Faith" by Marcus Borg, "The Five Gospels:What Did Jesus Really Say? The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus" by Robert Funk and  "Zealot:  The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan.

 An excellent reference book on this topic is "Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus."   Ref BT 303.2 .E56 2008

The PCCC Library owns a DVD on the subject   "From Jesus to Christ"   DVD 0063  (2004)    While some may not agree with the statements made by some of the scholars featured in this DVD, it nevertheless is thought provoking and can serve as a starting point for debate about the nature of Jesus and the authority of the Gospels.

The Library also owns two series of audio lectures on early Christianity.  One by Luke Timothy Johnson    "Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine"  12 sound discs    Audio BR 162.2 B3 2002  Parts 1 and 2.

The other series is by Bart D. Ehrman   "The New Testament"      Audio  BS2341.K6 2001 Parts 1 and 2

Even a cursory study of these books, websites and videos will make clear that scholars and others hold strong opinions about the nature and mission for Jesus.

Some scholars are "conservative" while others are "liberal."

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