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The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ

(Cases for Christianity)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  3,318 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Has modern scholarship debunked the traditional Christ? Has the church suppressed the truth about Jesus to advance its own agenda? What if the real Jesus is far different from the atoning Savior worshipped through the centuries? In The Case for the Real Jesus, former award-winning legal editor Lee Strobel explores such hot-button questions as: * Did the church suppress anc ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published August 19th 2007 by Zondervan Publishing Company
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Jerry Simmons
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Juan
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 07, 2012 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
Samuel Mercuri
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Brad Kittle
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
John
Aug 12, 2009 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 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
Dale
Jun 01, 2014 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-
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Joseph
Feb 09, 2015 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
Samuel
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Charles
Sep 08, 2015 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
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Rafael Gomez
Jan 04, 2008 is currently reading it
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.
Kris
Stobel dives into the nitty-gritty of the Bible and historical evidence for Jesus in this one. It's a good resource for those who want to know even more about evidence within Christianity. But more often than not he gets lost in the minute details, which makes for some pretty dry prose. Just read The Case for Christ instead.
Justin Tapp
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. Christianaudio.com 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
Jeff
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Joshua
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Strobel’s “The Case for the Real Jesus” provides a cursory look at few different challenges facing Christians today. The book mostly focuses on throwing cold water on arguments from academics and writers such as Elaine Pagels, Bart D Ehrman, and Tom Harpur, before moving onto the broader question of ‘Did Jesus fulfill the messianic prophecies’ and responding to trends against organized religion in exchange for personalized belief systems.

If one was to believe the marketing hype, you’d expect
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Matt
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very thorough investigation on Jesus Christ. A little long and deep, but very informative and persuasive. Listening to it every evening re-affirmed my Christian faith.
John Guenzler
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read

Again Mr. Strobe makes an excellent case. The evidence is clear. The question remains, what will you do with this Jesus?
David Washington
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lee Strobel is the author of The Case series of books which include The Case for a Creator, The Case for Christ, and The Case for Faith. In this book, The Case for the Real Jesus, Strobel explores the newest objections to orthodox Christianity's Jesus, the Gospels, and church history. As he does in all of these books, he interviews key scholars in answering the objections of skeptics and liberal scholars which are really one and the same.

I've read a couple of Strobel's books, the most compelling
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Adriel
Jun 15, 2015 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
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Tom
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Paul J.
Sep 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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Michelle Hoogterp
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Danielle
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
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.

I found
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Barbara
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Robert
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books that I have read this year. This writer is the same that wrote "The Case for Christ." He takes a journalistic, interview style approach coupled with scholarly, meticulous referencing of sources. Since the book is largely comprised of interviews, the book itself is easy and fun to read. The reader is treated with the back and forth and easy banter of dialog. Strobel writes in a way that the reader can get a sense of the interviewee's personality and appearance.

Strobel add
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Shannon
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Michael
Dec 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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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Glory
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Chuck
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evidence for God's Revelation through Jesus Christ

In the typical Lee Strobel fashion, the author identifies six questions skeptics ask and interviews experts who give supporting data to back up the answers. The questions in this book, however, aren't the standard ones Strobel investigates. In The Case for the Real Jesus, Strobel digs deep and asks the scholarly queries that can't be answered by your fifth grade Sunday school teacher. Strobel investigates matters such as, the Gnostic gospels, mys
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Lee Patrick Strobel 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 video apologetics web site. ...more

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