Best Historical Jesus Books
The best books that examine the historical evidence for Jesus.
1 Jesus, Interrupted: Reveali...
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2 Misquoting Jesus: The Story...
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3 The Jesus Puzzle: Did Chris...
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4 The Challenge of Jesus: Red...
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5 Not the Impossible Faith
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6 Incredible Shrinking Son of...
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7 The Orthodox Corruption of ...
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8 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking ...
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8 Jesus and the Eyewitnesses:...
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10 Constructing Jesus: Memory,...
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11 Jesus Potter Harry Christ: ...
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11 The Christ Conundrum: The S...
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13 Did Jesus Exist?: The Histo...
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14 The Jesus Mysteries: Was th...
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15 Challenging The Verdict: A ...
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16 The Homeric Epics and the G...
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17 What Have They Done with Je...
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18 The Resurrection of the Son...
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19 Resurrecting Jesus: The Ear...
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20 Lazarus, Man
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20 Jesus and the Zealots
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20 Zealot: The Life and Times ...
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23 The Historical Jesus: A Gui...
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24 The Historical Figure of Jesus
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25 The Gospel of Jesus: Accord...
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26 Nailed: Ten Christian Myths...
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27 Jesus of Nazareth: Millenar...
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28 Deconstructing Jesus
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28 The Christian Delusion: Why...
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30 Jesus and the Victory of Go...
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31 The Jesus the Jews Never Knew
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31 The Authentic Gospel of Jesus
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31 Meeting Jesus Again for the...
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34 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking ...
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35 The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyon...
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36 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking ...
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37 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking ...
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38 Investigating Jesus: An His...
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38 New Perspective on Jesus, A...
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40 The Jesus Tradition in Q
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41 The Historical Christ and t...
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42 Did the First Christians Wo...
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43 The Fifth Gospel (Rosicruci...
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43 The Real Jesus: The Misguid...
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43 Jesus Told Me to Do What? L...
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43 The Kingdom According to Jesus
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43 Restoration: Returning the ...
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43 Revelation Mysteries Decode...
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43 Doubting Jesus' Resurrectio...
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50 Jesus: A Short Life
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50 Jesus At 2000
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50 Systematic Theology: An Int...
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50 Lord or Legend?: Wrestling ...
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50 King of the Jews: Resurrect...
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50 Awaken the Supernatural You!
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56 The First Christmas
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56 The Pursuit of Holiness
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56 Jesus in Context: Backgroun...
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56 Sitting at the Feet of Rabb...
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60 Vintage Jesus: Timeless Ans...
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60 Ultimate Allegiance: The Su...
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60 The Weight of Glory
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60 Studying the Historical Jes...
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60 Kosher Jesus
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65 God and Empire: Jesus Again...
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65 The Power of a Praying Wife
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65 The Missing Gospels: Uneart...
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68 From Jesus to Christ: The O...
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68 The Greatest Prayer: A Revo...
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68 The Knowledge of the Holy
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68 Historical Jesus: A Sheffie...
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72 Jesus of Nazareth: An indep...
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72 Jesus: Uncovering the Life,...
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72 Peace Child: An Unforgettab...
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75 Jesus of Nazareth, King of ...
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75 The Last Week: What the Gos...
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75 The Practice of the Presenc...
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78 Surprised by Hope: Rethinki...
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79 Jesus and the Gospels
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80 How On Earth Did Jesus Beco...
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81 The Evidence for Jesus
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82 Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels
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83 The Jesus Quest
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message 1: by Tim (new)

Tim O'Neill Why is a list of "Best Historical Jesus Books" dominated by books by amateurs and hobbyists, largely self-published, which claim there was no historical Jesus? This list is ridiculous.


message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee I agree with you, Tim. It seems those who don't believe or who don't want to believe in Jesus Christ have a bit of an ax to grind. The list looks very slanted.


message 3: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Agreed 100%. This list is missing must read's by the best scholars in the world. I added some, but the top of this list is absurd.


message 4: by Lee (new)

Lee Thanks, Tyler. I am going to have a look at some of your suggestinos.


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