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

Lee Strobel
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (3 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031024210X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310242109
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 14.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,431,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explores provocative questions about modern scholarship and conspiracy theories that debunk the traditional Christ, inviting readers to evaluate the arguments and evidence presented by Muslim scholars, liberal theologians, and atheists, and reach their own verdict.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought!!! 14 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Case for the real Jesus
By Lee Strobel
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Before I became a Christian (in 2005) I used to read all the books that agreed with what I then believed. You know the ones, the Richard Dawkins types. Then I thought, "Hmmm, I've read loads of evidence AGAINST religion, why don't I read some evidence for it. That should be funny!" I simply thought that an intelligent case for ANY religion was impossible. So I looked at all the major faiths, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu and even the Jehovah's witness', Judaism and then finally Christianity. I discovered that when one is able to take on board the evidence from both sides, then and only then can one reach a fair conclusion.

The Case for the real Jesus is a book that offers a fair and intelligent look at evidence both for and against the real Jesus. It quite easily dispels a lot of the myths surrounding Jesus, His life and His teachings. It even points out a few "error's" within the Bible and explains how and why they are there.

It looks into the claims of popular fiction authors, such as Dan Brown with his Da Vinci Code and quite easily lays those fictitious claims to rest.

This is a book I couldn't put down. I thrilled whilst reading every page, experiencing dozens of, what I call "A-Haaa!" moments.

Lee interviews several experts on the subjects raised within the book, he asks the difficult questions that I used to throw at Christians. He doesn't let these experts off easily, and they make their case wonderfully.

This book will help any Christian solidify their faith, and let non-Christians read the "True" evidence about Christ.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John 8.32 19 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
Out of all the Christian apologetics's I have read, Lee Strobel is simply one of the best. As a committed Christian the recent years have been ones of having to repeatedly answer objection's from my Atheistic friends and attacks by Muslim's attempting to persuade me that Jesus was never crucified.
Lee Strobel's investigative approach to unearthing the real Jesus will provide any Christian worth his salt with enough ammunition to answer all of these questions, by pursuing an evidence-based approach Strobel clearly demonstrates the reliability of the Gospel's, the actuality of the Resurrection and therefore the reliability of the Hebrew scriptures.
The Holy Spirit truly walks with this man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
"So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, 'Truly this was the Son of God!'" -- Matthew 27:54 (NKJV)

I developed an interest in reading this book after hearing Lee Strobel preach at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a few weeks ago. He presented a lot of background information about Jesus that was new to me, and I decided I wanted to learn more.

I believe that you will gain the most benefit from The Case for the Real Jesus if you first read Lee Strobel's earlier book, The Case for Christ. The facts and arguments in The Case for the Real Jesus are often connected to material in The Case for Christ.

In the interest of helping you figure out if this is a book you want to read, I suggest you begin by taking a look at pages 266-267 where the key issues addressed in the book are summarized.

The book considers these challenges that have been frequently raised in the public press during recent years:

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 cannot be trusted because the church tampered with the text."

3. "New explanations have refuted Jesus' resurrection."

4. "Christianity's beliefs about Jesus were copied from pagan religions."

5. "Jesus was an imposter who failed to fulfill the Messianic prophecies."

6. "People should be free to pick and choose what to believe about Jesus.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and inspiring 15 July 2008
By A keen reader VINE VOICE
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The book is very good but a little hard to read at times -- there's so much information. Lee Strobel's reading of his own book makes the material come to life. With the help of experts in the field he debunks the sceptical rubbish that has been written about Jesus. A great help in affirming my faith in the face of all the popular distractions that are being published. There are nine CDs in the box -- the reading is unabridged.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening read! 11 Mar 2010
By C. Bale
Format:Paperback
Raised Christian and having since lapsed into an easy agnosticisim, I expected this book to be full of circular reasoning and using faith/scriptural writings alone to confirm Jesus' identity. Well, what I got instead was a cool headed reply to the usual attacks on Christianity's 'version' of Jesus, such as the Gospels were written long after his death and not by eye witnesses. By the end I was left shaken out of my comfortable relitavism and had the nasty feeling that these Christians might actually be right! Only section that wasn't completely convincing was where Strobel and the expert he interviews try to prove that Jesus fulfilled the Jewish Messianic prophecies. However, on the biggie of the ressurection, it doesn't half make a good case. Much better than the sneering hard-core atheists do against. Think I might have to get myself to church...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this rubbish
If you are after an unbiased thoroughly researched book on the subject at hand then avoid this book at all costs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MatthewThomas
3.0 out of 5 stars SELF-SERVING INTERVIEWS
One for the converted faithful not for an agnostic with a questioning mind seeking real proof - bit too self-serving to provide that.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. RHM Russell
2.0 out of 5 stars A frustrating case
"The case for the real Jesus" is a sequel to Lee Strobel's best-selling "The case for Christ". The author, who calls himself a journalist, is actually an evangelical minister. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars The Case for the Real Jesus
A good informative study for a the facts about Jesus of the bible
A must for every Christian new or old
Peter Addison. London UK
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by Mr. Peter Addison
4.0 out of 5 stars A victory in court for Jesus.
Another great book put together by Lee Strobel and a host of experts he consults for this volume. This book covers many of the more recent attacks on the historical person of Jesus... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by DJRodger
2.0 out of 5 stars He is a journalist but this is not journalism
1- This is not a journalistic investigation as the title may suggest, but rather a christian case for Jesus. All of the so-called experts and scholars are practicising christians. Read more
Published on 26 May 2008 by R. Leal
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Reading.......
If you ever needed to be convinced by the validity of JESUS (as if....!)- then this book will confirm what you will already know to be true.

Read it and weep!
Published on 27 Dec 2007 by D. Torrington
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