Does the New Testament reflect what Jesus said? A comprehensive study of the life, the times and the teachings of Jesus. Do you have a desire to know more about the cultural setting in which Jesus both lived and taught? Then this book is for you. Everything is carefully explained and well documented.
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Are Jesus' words reflected in the pages of the New Testament?
Many find it impossible to believe Jesus' words were recorded accurately because he did not write the New Testament himself and there were no mechanical or electronic methods of recording his teachings. Furthermore, surely the hand-copying over the centuries must have distorted the original manuscripts.
This book presents evidence showing that the New Testament is an accurate portrayal of the life and teachings of Jesus, freeing the reader to accept the reliability of the message. The startling findings are covered in depth, yet without assuming the reader is familiar with Christianity or has significant background knowledge. Extensive research reveals the evidence itself, so that the reader can decide if the conclusions are reasonable.
Echoes of Jesus is unique because it:
* illustrates how literate and historically aware the ancient civilisations were before and during the life of Jesus
* explains how it was possible for the first disciples to accurately record what Jesus taught and did
* provides a highly readable explanation of ancient New Testament documents and what they have to say about accuracy in copying over the hundreds of years
* discusses the content and credibility of non-Christian ancient literature that comment on Jesus and the first Christians.
About the author
Jonathan Clerke has a Bachelor of Science with Honours majoring in zoology and parasitology, and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Both were obtained from the University of Queensland, Australia. He has brought his rigorous scientific training to bear on the question of the reliability of Scripture.
This is a book for those who like to question and think; who are not satisfied with pat answers...everything is carefully explained. Everything is well documented. This an excellent resource for theological faculty and students as well as for anyone genuinely searching for truth. If you have questions or doubt about the identity of the real Jesus or the reliability of the Bible, this is the book for you. - Rev John Sweetman, Principal Malyon College, Australia
Jonathan Clerke's coverage of early Greek New Testament documents which is an area normally heavy with jargon is the clearest I have come across. Echoes of Jesus will hold a valuable place in my library. - Dr Gary J Baxter, author of A Defence of the Bible
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