- Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: Icefire Publishing; Revised 2017 ed. edition (1 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992338301
- ISBN-13: 978-0992338305
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Rev Dr John Sweetman, D.Min (USA); Principal of Malyon College, Brisbane: This is a book for those who like to question and think and who are not satisfied with pat answers. This is an excellent resource for theological faculty and students as well as for anyone genuinely searching for truth. If you have questions or doubts about the identity of the real Jesus or the reliability of the Bible, this is the book for you.
Dr Bernie Power, D.Th, lecturer in Islamic Studies: Echoes of Jesus is a very insightful and much-needed book in the area of apologetics. I plan to use it as a text in Australia's only theologically-accredited Apologetics to Islam course run at the Melbourne School of Theology.
Dr James M. Leonard, PhD (Cambridge), former Adjunct Professor (LSU, Notre Dame Seminary, Loyola University, John Brown University, Arkansas, US): This well written work on the biblical account of the historical Jesus exposes the reader to key issues that are often overlooked in popular Christian apologetics. It raises the believer's confidence levels in the reliability of the Gospels and the apostolic writings, and should be taken seriously by scholars.
Rev. Dr. Bernard Low, former Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at Singapore Bible College; PhD (University of Nottingham): For anyone interested in the truth claims of Christianity, this book by Jonathan Clerke is a helpful and interesting read and an excellent resource. Based on extensive, robust and systematic research of primary and secondary sources, the author persuasively argues that the New Testament accurately and faithfully records what Jesus said and taught in his lifetime. Clerke's research establishes the following: (a) there was a high-level of literacy in the ancient world including Jesus's; (b) people in the ancient world were not as gullible as critics of Christianity have claimed; (c) ancient historians were both professional and credible in their task of recording history; (d) as a master-teacher, Jesus employed methods which facilitated the remembrance and easy recall of his teachings; (e) the autographs of the New Testament were faithfully transmitted despite variant readings and textual traditions; and, (f) extra-biblical sources like Lucian, Pliny the Younger and Josephus contain reliable evidences which attest to the veracity of the New Testament. Clerke has done a great service to the church in writing this book to defend the truth claims of Christianity. His research has also significant implications for Christian-Muslim dialogue.
P Jayawardhana: 'Echoes of Jesus' is a 'must-have' book for all those interested in the person of Jesus, the credibility of the Bible, and in particular the New Testament. Written in an easy-to-understand and logical format Jonathan answers the pertinent questions a person may have about literacy in the ancient world, the teaching methods of Jesus, and the amazing accuracy and credibility of the New Testament accounts as well as including a selection of ratifying evidence for Jesus from early Christian and non-Christian witnesses. Whether you're a layperson wanting for proof for Jesus or a theological student researching the accuracy of the Bible 'Echoes of Jesus' will more than satisfy your needs.
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Jonathan approaches each issue in a systematic and objective way. He presents both sides of the argument, from both Christian and non-Christian sources, draws logical conclusions and allows readers to decide for themselves, based on clear, objective evidence, what they wish to do with the facts before them. Even though it is not written in "academic" language, it would be a very good resource for theological students as well.
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1) Important topic - The issue of the authenticity in reflecting the spoken words of Jesus is an important issue. If the Gospels do not accurately reflect the words of Jesus, than Christianity pretty much collapses under the weight of doubts. As such, Clerke has tackled head-on one of the most important issues facing Christianity.
2) Academically rigorous - The author has engaged in extensive research. Clerke has reviewed numerous primary sources and relevant secondary sources. He has critically evaluated the literature produced by expert commentators. I am confident that this book will come to be a standard text for everyone interested in academic Christian apologetics.
3) Readability - This book is an easy read. It is written in an accessible way. The author states at the start of the book that he wrote the book in such a way that one does not need to be an expert in the field to understand this book. Basically, the only assumed knowledge that you need before reading this book is to have heard of Jesus Christ and that He saves humanity. With good sense, the author tells the reader just this in the first paragraph of the first page.
4) A great book for those who have questions about Christianity - This book will better inform those people who have questions about Christianity in general, and the authenticity of the Gospels in particular. As such, not only is this book a work of apologetics, but it is also a book of evangelism by helping to convert those who are moved by intellectual arguments and evidence.
In conclusion, I think that everyone should read this book! It would also make a great gift to family and friends.
Miles Kitts, PhD
Mr. Clerke's book is meticulously researched, and written in clear and understandable language. It explores such topics as literacy in Biblical times, accuracy of transcriptions, consistency between different source documents that make up the Bible as we know it, and much more. I particularly enjoyed the anecdotal 'detours' interjected in what could otherwise have been a very dry story.
Each chapter contains appendices with additional information on the chapter's contents for the serious Biblical scholar.
In a society where we take the positive impacts of the Christian message on our lives for granted, Mr. Clerke's book may rise to the prominence it deserves as the barbaric tide of other religions begin to wash across the globe.
As believers, both Christian and Jew, we believe the Bible to be true. But how do we know? On what basis do we make that claim? The whole genre of Apologetics is devoted to answering that question, covering a wide range of topics from the philosophical to the rational to the historical. The point? …to establish the veracity of the Bible’s most audacious claims.
The Bible is an oak tree of truth whose branches stretch far and wide. But like the mighty oak, to stand firm its sturdy trunk must be rooted firmly and deeply in the soil of life…the soil of history. Many books do a great job of surveying these roots. They tell you the roots are there. But the proof? Go to the footnotes...ugh!
Echoes of Jesus tells the story of those footnotes in a lively and engaging way, specifically focusing on the New Testament. Clerke brings to life the life and times of those in the New Testament era through an exploration of literacy in the ancient world--Greek, Roman and Jew. He traces out the journey of the New Testament text from Jesus’ lips to our ears. By digging up the taproot and showing it to us in broad daylight, Clerke verifies that what rings true, IS true.
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