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Case for the Real Jesus (Cases for Christianity)

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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
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Jerry Simmons
Nov 11, 2010 Jerry Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2012 Juan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Samuel Mercuri
Aug 02, 2011 Samuel Mercuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Are scholars uncov
Brad Kittle
Feb 19, 2012 Brad Kittle rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 24, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crisis-of-faith
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.
Noel Burke
Mar 23, 2015 Noel Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be challenging. Not because it was over my head, but because it required critical thinking about some topics that have been in recent news. Many attacks about the validity of the Canon of Scripture as we know it have been in the news. Some claim to have found another Gospel book, others found evidence for something to contradict the Bible. The list goes on. The attacks where not necessarily on the Bible, but on Jesus Himself. Was He really who He said He was or is there evid ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, audio-cd
My faith has never really swayed in the past and I have always been a Christian and believer. This book (audio) only strengthens my belief in Jesus and Christianity as a religion. Strobel's interviews with the leading historical and Biblical leaders denounce any non sense books, claims, etc from the left wing crazy liberals and radicals that have been popping up lately stating that Jesus was not the Son of God, the New Testament is made up, other Gospels have been out there, but edited out and o ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2014 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tour de Force

10 hours
9 discs
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-
Sep 17, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's nice to know

I have politely listened to the arguments and teachings Strobel addresses in this book. I never had my faith shaken by any of them because of the relationship I have with Jesus. Having the current attacks against the truth of the Bible laid out and meticulously answered is like the line in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. After Tevye and his wife decide they love each other, they conclude the exercise they went through to reach that decision doesn't change a thing. "...but after
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.
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
Jul 03, 2015 Adriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. I am quite fond of Strobel's style, and his personality and bluntless bleeds through the pages and words.

As a journalist who has an extensive background in law and expertise in investigation, seeking reliable sources, and gathering evidence, he has a compelling skill set that allows you to trust in his methods and his approach to embarking on his personal journey to bolster his case for the REAL Jesus.

This book is in the same format as The Case for Christ, in that he
Christopher Sumpter
While I agree almost 100% with the author's conclusions, his style bugs me. In an apparent attempt to be relatable, he describes what kind of cookies he ate at his interviews, what color the interviewees' socks were, at what point in the conversation they rolled up their sleeves, and other such minutiae. He also tries to portray himself as impartial or even hostile toward his interviewees, but he only lobs them softballs that they are guaranteed to knock out of the ballpark. What results is some ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great one sided argument that I agree with. I am more than happy to recommend this book to people who already affirm historic biblical doctrine about Jesus to help give some language to things that they already believe. I would not give this book to a skeptic primarily because Strobel in his writing try's to act like he is being an unbiased, critical thinking journalist that could only be swayed "where ever the evidence leads" but it is very clear that he has a strong bias toward hist ...more
May 04, 2016 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings. I thought it was good, it presented a lot of common objections and some good answers. The issue I have is that it was in general preaching to the choir. He presents it as if it was an unbiased journalist, interviewing people seeking to find out whether Jesus is real or not and what we know about him, but he typically only interviews people siding with one particular view (which is both good and bad). I also disagreed with lots of the speculation in textual criticism. So in genera ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Justin Tapp
I wanted to read an Easter-related book since this Sunday marks the holiday that is the central tenet on which all of Christianity stands or falls. gave this out as a free audio download in March, and I found it to be a great refresher on where scholarship currently stands on the resurrection, the reliability of the Bible, and the identity of Jesus. Strobel simply puts his interviews into print, mostly verbatim, so it's not really like reading a book or an article. You sort of ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be clear, I am a Christian whose primary concern is history. I am not concerned by claims that historians make or threatened by provocative questions, I am simply looking for answers in history that make the most real-world sense. By contrast, Strobel is a Christian journalist and author who is defending Christian beliefs that appear to be threatened by historical claims. In proper journalistic fashion, he seeks to refute popular claims that appear to undermine belief in Jesus as we currently ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Jkanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
When one thinks of mainstream Christian apologists, Lee Strobel's name is assuredly at the top of the list. A former atheist and journalist, he initially came to recognition by applying his journalistic skill to the excellent book, The Case for Christ. He has since applied the same engaging, journalistic method to several other books such as the The Case for a Creator and the Case for Faith. His typical approach is to tackle questions Christians may discuss with nonbelievers or that they may str ...more
In The Case for the Real Jesus Student Edition, Lee Strobel tackles 6 different challenges that have been presented to Christians today:

* Scholars are uncovering a radically different Jesus through ancient documents just as credible as the four gospels.
* The Bible’s portrait of Jesus can’t be trusted because the church tampered with the text.
* New explanations have disproved Jesus’ resurrection.
* Christianity’s beliefs about Jesus were copied from pagan religions.
* Jesus was an impostor who fail
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 "
Jul 20, 2011 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2011 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2011 Glory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers interested in historic Christianity
Shelves: apologetics, own
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
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
Jul 13, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 01, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lee Patrick Strobel (born January 25, 1952) is an American Christian author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards (1994, 1999, 2001, 2005) and a series which addresses challenges to a Biblically inerrant view of Christianity. Strobel also hosted a television program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV, and runs a vid ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Cases for Christianity (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • The Case for Christ
  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
  • The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
  • The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger
  • The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection
  • The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives
  • The Case for Christianity Answer Book
  • The Case for Faith Participant's Guide with DVD: A Six-Session Investigation of the Toughest Objections to Christianity
  • The Case for Hope: Looking Ahead with Courage and Confidence
  • The Case for Easter (20-Pack)

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