The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel
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 ancient non-biblical documents that paint a more accurate picture of Jesus than the four Gospels? Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early New Testament texts? Do new insights and explanations finally disprove the resurrection? Have fresh arguments disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah? Did Christianity steal its core ideas from earlier mythology?
Today we were blessed to have the opportunity to listen to author Lee Strobel (best known for his book, The Case for Christ). I haven't had the chance to read his book yet (any of them), but have wanted to do so for a long while. I was so excited when I heard it mentioned that he would be speaking to our church, Scottsdale Bible, on 10/21/07. WOW! What a great speaker! I really enjoyed listening to him and found him to be a powerful and persuasive speaker. God has really gifted him in his presentation style and ability. He spoke on two points: Did Jesus really claim to be the Son of God and did the resurrection really occur. This message was excellent, and even though short (I could have listen to his entire treatise because it was so GOOD!), I came away with a new appreciation of why it is so important to really "know" the Hebrew and Greek languages. So much is contained in every word and without a thorough understanding of the historical context, it is very easy to disregard and downplay the significance of the early Hebrew writers.
Mr. Strobel's newest book, The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ, is available now and I would recommend it for anyone who is seriously considering the validity of Jesus as Christ.