The Christ Files Participant's Guide with DVD: How Historians Know What They Know about Jesus

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Pack containing one softcover guide and one DVD.  Uniquely among the world's religions, the central claims of Christianity concern not just timeless spiritual truths, but tangible historical events. At the heart of the of the Christian faith are things that are meant to have happened in Palestine between 5 BC and AD 30. It's as if Christianity happily places its head on the chopping block of public scrutiny and invites anyone who wants to come and take a swing. Some of Christianity's claims are so spectacular that they provoke a firestorm of questions, scrutiny, debate, and misinformation whenever they are discussed. The popularity of The Da Vinci Code and the frequent airing of TV documentaries delving into the darker uncertainties of Christianity show that such skepticism flourishes in the Western world today. In The Christ Files you will learn how historians know what they know about Jesus. Historian John Dickson embraces the need to examine Christianity's claims in the light of history, opening readers to a wealth of ancient sources and explaining how mainstream scholars---whether or not they claim Christian faith personally---reach their conclusions. Christianity arrived on the historical scene at a time of great literary activity. While many texts penned by ancient philosophers, historians, poets, and playwrights can reliably inform us about Jesus himself and about the culture in which he lived, others are not so credible. Dickson skillfully highlights both types of sources along with the historical methods used to study Christianity's claims. He also shows how historians asses the reliability of available data, and provides an honest but informed perspective on where historical issues are clear-cut and where personal faith comes into play. The Christ Files is a must-read for those looking to expand their understanding of early Christianity and the life of Jesus. DVD features: ·       six hours of extended interviews with the world's leading scholars and historians, including N.T. Wright, Richard Bauckham, James D. G. Dunn, Martin Hengel, and others.
·       website (thechristfiles.com.au) with extra features and resources
·       all sessions combined into an hour-long documentary
 
S ession titles:
1.    Gnostics and Romans: How the ancient world viewed Jesus of Nazareth
2.    Jews and Christians: Jesus according to his own people
3.    Lost Sources and Oral Traditions: 1st century's most reliable sources about Jesus
4.    Archaeologists and Artifacts: Piecing together the world of Jesus

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"Offers a wealth of knowledge of the key issues. Fascinating and accessible." 
--Darrell L. Bock, author of Jesus according to Scripture and co-editor of Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus

"First rate historical detective work. Highly recommended." 
--Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

"A sober, well-informed guide based on sound scholarship." 
--I. Howard Marshall, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, University of Aberdeen

"Based on wide-ranging knowledge of the field and on the finest and most cutting-edge scholarship."
--Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Uniquely among the world's religions, the central claims of Christianity concern not just timeless spiritual truths, but tangible historical events. Historian John Dickson examines Christianity's claims in the light of history, opening readers to a wealth of ancient sources and explaining how mainstream scholars--whether or not they claim Christian faith personally--reach their conclusions about history's most influential figure, Jesus of Nazareth. 

Dickson skillfully highlights sources and historical methods used to study Christianity's claims. He shows how historians assess the reliability of available data, and provides an honest and informed perspective on where historical issues are clear-cut and where personal faith comes into play. The Christ Files is a must-read for those looking to expand their understanding of early Christianity and the life of Jesus. 

About the Author:

John Dickson (PhD, Macquarie University, Sydney) is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University; co-director of the Centre for Public Christianity; and senior minister at St. Andrew's Roseville. The author of more than a dozen books, he is the host of two major historical documentaries for Australian television and is a busy public speaker in corporations, universities, churches, and conferences. SPANISH BIO: John Dickson es uno de los directores de Public Christianity, una organizacion de investigacion independiente que promueve el conocimiento de la fe cristiana. Es teologo y doctor en historia antigua, y da cursos de historia cristiana y otras religiones en la Universidad Macquarie. John tambien es ministro de St. Andrews Roseville, una comunidad anglicana innovadora en el norte de Sydney. Vive en esa misma ciudad junto a su esposa Elizabeth y sus tres hijos.

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