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The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is 'almost' atrocious. About the only positive comment I can make about it is that the material on Gnosticism isn't bad. But I think that's about as far as Habermas gets in it. He accepts the Shroud of Turin as authentic, he gives just about no critical assessment of the references to Jesus (or the so-called ancient creedal statements for that matter), and to top it off his summaries aren't all that wonderful. His material on Phlegon of Tralles is grossly inaccurate, and he actually quotes Celsus as if Phlegon said it, then he goes on to say we have no work by Phlegon extant today. Well, we don't have any particular work in its entirety (by Phlegon) extant today, but we do have large fragments of Phlegon's writings in existence. [See Hansen's 'Phlegon of Tralles' Book of Marvels'.] About the only thing in this book that may possibly be worth examining is the apologetic outline in the back, and that has a few mistakes as well. I think this work would make a good book end or maybe even a doorstop (a very light door). Habermas draws way too much from the small non-Christian references outside of the New Testament. A much better work on the subject is Jesus Outside the New Testament by Van Voorst even if it has no evangelical content.
Although the liberal media has focused much attention on the so-called Jesus Seminar, the fact is that the views of this group are completely atypical. Furthermore, there is a wealth of evidence which attests to the complete historical reliability of the Gospels. This includes everthing that Jesus Christ said, performed, and claimed to Himself. Must reading!