The Historical Jesus
Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ
By: Gary R. Habermas
Publisher: College Press

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Examining archaeological, textual and extra-biblical evidence, the author provides a strong foundation for the existence and deity of Jesus. This study will strengthen your faith and equip you to present a strong case to seeking unbelievers.

“Who do you say that I am?” - Jesus

The Historical Jesus examines this mystery, answering the age-old question of Christ's identity.

About the Author
Dr. Gary Habermas was raised in a Christian home and attended a German Baptist Church, but began having serious doubts about Christianity as a young person. After spending ten years in vigorous study, he continued his search as an undergraduate student at Tyndale College, graduating in 1972 with three majors and three minors. Habermas went straight to graduate school at the University of Detroit. Studying philosophical theology and the world religions, he earned an M.A. a year later, in 1973. After taking a year off, he pursued a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, graduating two years later, in 1976.

For his Ph.D., Habermas proposed a historical study of Jesus' resurrection. During his doctoral study, Habermas developed what he now terms the “minimal facts” approach to the resurrection. According to this method, the chief (if not the only) historical data that could be utilized were those that passed two critical tests: 1) each datum had to be multiply attested by normal critical means, preferably from more than one angle. 2) The vast majority of critical scholars had to concede the probability of this historical fact.

In addition to the data itself, this meant conducting a long, arduous study of most of the critical publications on the subject of the resurrection, in order to ascertain the scholarly “lay of the land.” Habermas concluded that the resurrection could be known according to probability as a normal historical fact. To this day, he marks the conclusion of his study as giving him the conviction that the resurrection had occurred in history and could be evidenced as such. His dissertation was accepted by his committee and he began to pursue a college teaching position.


This is an up-to-date, timely, and scholarly treatment of a crucial dimension of the Christian faith by one of the foremost historical apologists in America today.
Dr. Norm Geisler, Dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary Veritas Graduate School
The Historical Jesus is a careful, accessible analysis and critique of the various approaches to the historical Jesus. Habermas defends the historical veracity of the orthodox view of Jesus with a detailed set of convincing arguments. I don't know how someone could read this book without concluding that Jesus Christ was who the New Testament proclaimed Him to be.
Dr. J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
In The Historical Jesus, Habermas has provided us with an impressive critical overview of the historical Jesus that is at once penetratingly insightful and remarkable comprehensive. This work constitutes one of the best comprehensive refutation of the new revisionist views of Jesus to date as well as one of the best historical defenses of the evangelical view that Jesus was, and is, the Son of God. Must read...
Dr. Gregory A. Boyd, Bethel College, Author of Cynic Sage or Son of God?; Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies; Jesus Under Siege; and Letters From a Skeptic.
Dr. Habermas combines his expertise as a philosopher and New Testament historian to offer a careful analysis of current trends in the study of Jesus...a balanced, biblical argument for the historicity of the New Testament documents and the evidence for the life, ministry, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This is an excellent text to prepare students and pastors to understand the essential issues in the study of Jesus.
Dr. Michael J. Wilkins, Dean of the Faculty, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University