Habermas' work delves into the Historical Evidence for the Life of Christ. It looks into archaeological and Historical data and makes historical and careful conclusions based on this data. Habermas uses a historical approach and examines the evidence as a historican not a theologian- is this good or bad? Well seeing that the documents looked at are historical an Historical approach is the proper approach- theological approaches unfortunately ignore the evidence presented in archaeology and Manuscripts and write it the way they want. A truly historical approach asks questions like who wrote this? When was it written? What proof is there that this is produced by who it says produced it? What evidence is there that the artefact/ document is authentic? These are questions any bonafide historian asks when they come accross evidence. After all if Jesus Christ wasnt a real historical person then the whole of Christianity is pointless and a waste of time.
Habermas looks at early evidence about Jesus and based on this evidence- from non Christian and hostile sources as well as Christian sources concludes that Christ existed that he was crucified and buried and that something happened after the burial. The sources which state what happened are examined and they hold up pretty well to inspection and scrutiny as to their date and content.
The Jesus of the Bible is the historic Jesus is the conclusion of the book- a conclusion which is backed up by examining the evidence- what that means to us is quite a different question-
it is interesting that in the Gospels no one doubted that Jesus existed what was in question was who he was and what he was doing. These two questions still confront us today- how we respond to the answers are of vital importance.
- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: College Press Publishing Company, Inc.; 2011 edition (3 June 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0899007325
- ISBN-13: 978-0899007328
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