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A Doubter's Guide to Jesus


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A Very Short Introduction 1 Imaginings: Making Jesus in our image 2 Sources: How we know what we know 3 Teacher: His words and their impact 4 Healer: The deeds that baffle 5 Israel: A nation on his shoulders 6 Christ: More than a surname 7 Judge: His pledge to bring justice 8 Friend: The scandal of his social life 9 Temple: The relocation of God's presence 10 Saviour: The meaning of his death 11 Adam: The promise of his resurrection 12 Caesar: His subversion of an empire 13 God: His oneness with the Almighty 14 Servant: His preference for the lowly Epilogue: Portrait of a follower of Jesus

About the Author

John Dickson (PhD, Ancient History) is the author of more than a dozen books, Rector of St Andrew's Roseville, and a busy public speaker. He has hosted three TV documentaries and is a regular media commentator. In 2007 he founded the Centre for Public Christianity. He has held lecturing and research positions at both Macquarie University (Sydney) and the University of Sydney, where he teaches a course on the historical Jesus. A visiting academic in the department of Classics at Oxford University for 2017-18, he lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.


John Dickson's A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is a unique resource. In a secular, ideology-driven age, it promises remarkably balanced, even-handed, fair-minded presentations of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ--all deeply informed by the primary sources. I can't recommend this book enough. * Timothy J. Keller *
Contemporary views of the person and mission of Jesus Christ are as varied as the kinds of faith that attach themselves to Christianity. From the somber Calvinists to the exuberant Word-Faith movement, practitioners of the Christian religious enterprise continue to find new and innovative ways of discovering the 'Man from Nazareth.' In this exuberantly joyful meditation, Dickson, honorary associate in the department of ancient history, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, gathers the many facets of Jesus' life and explores each as one would study the facets of a valuable diamond. How can one man be both friend and judge, both God and servant? The author draws on ancient histories and Judeo-Christian religious studies to present a compelling and readable account of the complex figure that millions call Savior and Lord. There is no agenda except to place Jesus Christ before readers in ways that inform and refresh, inspire and encourage. This is a wonderful book and is highly recommended for readers, indeed seekers, at all levels. * Publisher's Weekly *

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