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Vermes is brilliantly sound on the subject of what we can really know about Jesus, and has a marvelously clear eye for the history. He shows with literally every word attributed to Jesus whether you can regard it as an authentic tradition of something he said (not verbatim, obviously - the gospels were written a generation after he was executed, and anyway he spoke aramaic and the gospels were written in Greek), and shows why others are less reliable, including the later editorial changes and inventions etc. For a militant atheist, this stuff is grist to the argumentative mill, but I can't imagine how a Christian could fail to be interested in what the man actually said and believed, rather than the fictions their clergy peddle to them.