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Case for the Real Jesus

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,506 ratings  ·  96 reviews
From college classrooms to the Internet, the historic picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught. In "The Case for the Real Jesus," a bestselling author and journalist takes on this fierce attack on the traditional portrait of Christ.
Paperback, 586 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Gale Group (first published 2007)
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Samuel Mercuri
I really enjoyed this book. In a world based on media, it can be difficult at times to determine what is true and what is false. Anyone with a computer and internet access can publish whatever they want on the World Wide Web. Strobel's skeptical journalist background gives him the edge he needs to get answers from the experts on matters of faith. I would recommend this apologetics book to anyone who is questioning the faith or just wants to know how to address attacks on faith.

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Jerry Simmons
Fantastic book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lee Strobel. I like his investigative journalist approach to topics, with solid reasons and sound logic. In this book, Lee sets out to investigate the claims about Jesus by critics and skeptics. Is what the church teaches about Jesus reasonable? Or has it all been proven false by modern scholarship? How can we know the REAL Jesus? Lee tackles six challenges to the church’s teaching about Jesus.

1. Scholars are uncovering a radically different Jesu
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John
Like all of Strobel's "Case for" books, this is an entertaining and informative read sure to strengthen your faith in the validity of the Gospel. It's not balanced or particularly well-written (though certainly more so than Strobel's previous efforts), but the breezy, conversational style in which Strobel relays information gives this book a surprisingly comfortable feel considering the depth and occasional dryness of the subject matter. Definitely not for hardcore academics, though, as this is ...more
Brad Kittle
Feb 19, 2012 Brad Kittle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: apologetical
Lee Strobel does a great job of presenting the right questions and good answers to questions about the historical Jesus. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the good reasons we have to believe in a real Jesus, who lived in the 1st century and was raised from the dead according to the scriptures. This is a great book for those in a post modern fog or in the fog of religious relativism. So much of the emergent writings leave you confused about the importance of a historical Je ...more
Juan
Stroebel has produced a 311 page strawman argument. Unlike any reputable journalist (the mantle he proudly claims for himself), he does not interview the scholars he critiques, but rather arrogates to himself the role of devil's advocate in their favor as he interviews orthodox scholars. Stroebel is not qualified to play devil's advocate on behalf of Elaine Pagels or Bart Ehrman. He cannot read any of the primary source languages, nor does he have any expertise in archaeology or historical metho ...more
John
Strobel's book—among other things—is a rebuttal to Dr. Ehrman's work, "Misquoting Jesus." Strobel does an admirable job for Christians who fear the faith rug has been pulled out from under them. Strobel helps you to stand and to stand up straight. A must read if you are at all familiar with Dr. Ehrman's works. It is only a fair look at both sides.
Christopher Selmek
Anyone wanting to read this book should take a close look at the title. Strobel makes a big show out of being an award winning journalist, being objective, and letting the facts speak for themselves. So why does he need to make a case, like a prosecuting attorney, for what he imagines is the "real" Jesus?

I have to give him some credit for accurately summarizing some books that take a different approach to historical Christianity, but then he lets his interview subjects mock and criticize these "
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Dale
A Tour de Force

10 hours
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Read by the author, Lee Strobel


Lee Strobel has written several "The Case for..." books. The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ explicitly counters the arguments from many different sources that question Jesus, the teachings about him and the integrity of the New Testament.

Critics argue that Strobel is not an expert on the things he writes about. I believe he would agree with that - at most he is a well-i
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Rafael Gomez
Jan 04, 2008 Rafael Gomez is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot of confusion today regarding "alternative" gospels. The popular view is that the prevailing version Orthodox Christianity is one of the existing 2 or 3rd century forms that prevailed. Another revisionist attempt at invalidating the historical Jesus. This is ammunition that every Christian needs (whether Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, etc.) Get this and read it. Then share it.
Sara
Not my favorite of his series, but very informative as usual. The questions that are asked in this book:

Are scholars discovering a radically different Jesus in ancient documents just as credible as the four Gospels?
Is the Bible's portrait of Jesus unreliable because of mistakes or deliberate changes by scribes through the centuries?
Have new explanations refuted Jesus' resurrection?
Were Christian beliefs about Jesus stolen from pagan religions?
Was Jesus an imposter who failed to fulfill the mess
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Julie
I'm not typically a reader of non-fiction, or Christian living, but this was a wonderful read. Four of the six objections that are raised in this investigation are things that I've encountered in my time at university, and so it seemed to be an appropriate read. I enjoy how Strobel interviews credible scholars and discusses the issues. The biggest thing that I took from this is that these objections are held by a small percentage of scholars, and those are talented writers that write books for t ...more
Samuel
A follow-up to Strobel's excellent "The Case for Christ", this new book addresses some of the more recent attacks on the veracity of the Bible. With his customary investigative journalism on display, Lee interviews six imminent scholars to find answers to questions like:

1. Scholars are uncovering a radically different Jesus in ancient documents just as credible as the four gospels.
2. The Bible's portrait of Jesus can't be trusted.
3. New explanations have refuted Jesus' resurrection.
4. Christiani
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Tom
This book follows the same format that Strobel used in an earlier book "The Case for Christ." He frames issues and then interviews various experts to respond to the issues. The approach provides a quick, very readable overview of some rugged terrain in contemporary theology. The drawback is Strobel interviews only those experts he agrees with -- the more conservative or moderate voices in the seminaries and universities. We have no one from The Jesus Seminar or similar radical schools of thought ...more
Brent Soderstrum
The latest "Case for..." book by Lee Strobel follows the same pattern as his previous ones in that he takes questions to leading experts and gets their response. This book looks at six issues: 1) Are their other writings about Jesus just as credible as the Gospels? 2) Is the Bible unreliable due to changes made in its translation over the years? 3) Have new explanations refuted Jesus resurection? 4) Are Christian beliefs about Jesus stolen from other pagen religions? 5) Did Jesus fail to fulfill ...more
Glory
Nov 30, 2011 Glory rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers interested in historic Christianity
There were several great gems in this latest "Case" by Lee Strobel - the refutation of the gospel of Thomas at the beginning, the snappy outline of how Christianity didn't copy from other ancient religions. Both keeper pieces.

There were some eye-opening moments, like the Jesus tradition being a "community effort, not an isolated account running private from one person to the next. Or how James was Jesus' brother: "If I had a brother who was perfect... I'd hate him!" The Arabic method of determin
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Barbara
If you were to ask the average person “Who was Jesus Christ” you might be surprised at the answers. Some believe he was God, others the Son of God, still others believe he was only a teacher. Some don’t believe he ever existed. Of late, a lot of media attention has been directed to Jesus (the Mel Gibson film primarily comes to mind) and many wonder if the picture of Jesus painted by the gospel accounts is anywhere close to the truth.

Journalist Lee Strobel investigates the claims currently being
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Michelle
It's interesting, but not 100% what I was hoping for: the facts the author presents are just as nebulous, in certain areas, to me as the falsehoods or accusations he's trying to disprove...I need more history with the information he's discussing--there's a presumption of familiarity of either side of the argument on Jesus--and the people he interviews appear credible, but I don't get a deep sense of why he's chosen these people in particular to interview--is it because of some seminal work? Beca ...more
Michael
This is another volume in Lee Strobel's ever growing _The Case for ... _ series. Previously, I read and enjoyed his _The Case for Christ_. The weakness of the series is that there's no rebuttal from the other side. So you have the Christian scholar making a strong case for the Christian position while Lee Strobel plays the doubting skeptic. I think Lee accurately portrays the skeptical positions, but you don't have the other side's response in their own words.

One audience for the book is Christ
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Shannon
This was the first book by Lee Strobel that I have read. I would read a book by him again. His investigative reporter style of writing makes it easy to read. This book helped me understand what the average, non-churched (and to some extent the people in the pews) believe about Jesus if they listen to pop culture theologians. As I read this book, I could easily pick up many of the themes that we see on fictional television as well as the shows on History channel. My take away, there is a lot of s ...more
Corey Doise
Jul 18, 2007 Corey Doise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
It is a good starting place for the argument for Christ's deity. Includes interviews with & quotes from many of the top philosophers & academics (pro & con) specializing in the study of various issues surrounding the question of Christ's deity. Additional research is a must to get the entire arguments on both sides.
Easy read that is an update to A Case for Christ but with interviews of different scholars. In the same format of Strobel's other "A Case for..." books.
Addresses issues ra
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Danielle
In this book, author Lee Strobel sets out to discover who the real/historical Jesus was. In his first book, the Case for Christ, Strobel already "proved" that Christ existed and was the Son of God. Strobel's questions in this book center around whether the Gospels are accurate biographies of Jesus' life, whether the crucifixion and resurrection happened as described in the Bible, whether Jesus was the foretold messiah, and whether we can pick and choose what we want to believe about him.

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Paul J.
Lee Strobel is quite a prolific author. Fortunately, he always has worthwhile things to say. Most folks are familiar with Strobel’s story…how as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, he undertook a two-year investigation of the claims of Jesus, which led him to belief and salvation in 1981 (a story worth reading in his book “The Case For Christ”).

Since then, he has written numerous other “A Case For…” books (Easter, Christmas, Faith, Creator...). Now, recent attacks on the claims of Christianity h
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Atchisson
By far, I believe this to be Mr. Strobel's most effective and strongest work to-date. While every bit as scholarly and thorough as The Case for Faith and The Case for Christ, The Case for the Real Jesus is imminently readable and arguably compelling. The book also takes on an air of urgency when viewed in the context of a modern apologetic soon to be placed alongside the likes of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris. Mr. Strobel has provided an unflinching examination of the most often heralded, increa ...more
Vickie Conner
This book addresses questions people have about Jesus: are the bios of Jesus in the Gospels reliable? Is there credible evidence for Jesus outside of his biographies? Does archeology confirm or contradict the bios on the Gospels? Did Jesus himself believe He was the son of God? Was He crazy? Did He match the attributes of God? Was His death and resurrection a hoax? Lee Strobel interviews experts who present convincing evidence in answer to these questions. I found the book to be informative, tho ...more
Nadya
This gives some good intro information on trying to negotiate and define/redefine who the historical Jesus is. Strobel addresses old and new objections to the Christian view of Jesus (as both God and human who died on the cross and rose again.) Some questions are lacking, but overall it was a good introduction to the topic. Strobel doesn't devote equal time to both sides of the argument, and at times he seems to over-exaggerate certain things in order to prove his point---but the effect of this ...more
Vince
The problem with this book is the same as many of the books that take the other side of the arguement. He really only allows the case to be made for his side of the arguement. He will present a statement as to the divinity of Jesus not being real and then allow a scholar to go on for a few pages demolishing the statement. Of course without any give or take and allowing only one side to make their arguement the book seems a little pointless. If you happen to need some conversational tips to count ...more
Silphium
Lee Strobel covers much of the same ground as in his earlier book, The Case for Christ, this time though with more of a focus on countering claims by members of the Jesus Seminar among others as to the nature of Christ. I am docking it one star due to the similarities.

Strobel uses interviews with leading, orthodox Christian scholars to debunk the many accusations by gnostics and post-modern writers who claim that the story of Jesus and his resurrection was mere myth borrowed from various mystery
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Jacqueline Spiegel
I enjoyed the educational component to this book and the use of experts in the different areas investigated. I would have liked to see more compare and contrast with differing opinions of investigated items but overall well done. Also I did feel some of the topics overlapped creating some redundancy, but more evidence is not necessarily harmful to the overall case being made. Would recommend for people who are still seeking answers about Jesus Christ, and prefer Evidence-based analysis.
Eric Sauder
Very helpful in rebutting a lot of the "out there" claims about Jesus and the gospels that seem to be so prevalent these days.
Timothy
"There was just something so clear and beautiful and true and unique and powerful about Jesus that old rabbis would marvel at his teaching, young children world run and sit in his lap, ashamed prostitutes would find themselves weeping at his feet, whole villages would gather to hear his speak, experts in the law would find themselves speechless, and people from the poor to the rugged working class to the unbelievably wealthy would leave everything... to follow him."
Don Everts
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