What are the best history books about Jesus?

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    #1Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    Rather than just explaining the life of Jesus, this book tries to explain the reasons why the early Christian church decided to promulgate the idea of Jesus being a mere spiritual teacher, rather than the revolutionary, which ultimately got him killed. 




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    Patricia Davis
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I liked how in depth this book was and didn't just give too many historical information or references. The historical references that were in the book were explained but he doesn't directly quote them or cite them, which I didn't like because I sometimes like to look those essays or books up and read more."
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    #2Misquoting Jesus

    Misquoting Jesus

    Misquoting Jesus is a non-fiction book written by biblical scholar Bart D. Ehrman.  First published in 2005, it explores the possible mistakes of scribes in the past and how it affected the present-day notion of Jesus.

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    Frank Schmidt
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why is one of the most thorough and complete books about the history of Jesus. In this book, you can see how past errors have changed the way Jesus is perceived in the present day. It is definitely worth the read."
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    #3Jesus, Interrupted

    Jesus, Interrupted

    Jesus, Interrupted is a bestselling non-fiction book written by Bart D. Ehrman, first published in 2009 by HarperCollins. It explores the contradicting statements about Jesus that are found in the New Testament.

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    Benito Quiroz
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I'm not a religious person, even having grown up in a religious family. I don't need to read a book about how the bible contradicts itself, I would rather not think about the subject at all and use my time for better things."
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    #4Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

    Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

    Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony is a non-fiction book by Richard Bauckham. It won the Christianity Today Book Award in Biblical Studies in 2007. 

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    Amit Nair
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I found this a very interesting read about Jesus. It made me feel like he was more human than I am used to thinking. Good read."
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    #5The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)

    The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)

    The Resurrection of the Son of God is a non-fiction book written by N.T. Wright, a renowned Bible scholar. First published in 2003, it is the third volume in the Christian Origins and the Question of God series.

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    Ai Tang
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great book that covers the death and resurrection of Jesus. The reader can walk away feeling informed after reading this book."
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    #6The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God?

    The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God?

    The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God? is a non-fiction book written by Tim Freke and Peter Gandy. First published in 1999, it explores the possibility that Jesus and the Greek god Dionysius are one and the same.

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    Yuan Cao
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God? is one of the best history books about Jesus. You can learn a lot about Jesus and it really goes in-depth."
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    #7What Have They Done with Jesus?

    What Have They Done with Jesus?

    What Have They Done With Jesus? is a non-fiction book written by Ben Witherington III. It was first published in 2006 by HarperOne. This book explores Jesus's personage based on the perceptions of people closest to him.

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    Amanda Gomez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Recently, I received an announcement in my email that this book was on sale on Kindle. Unfortunately, it is no longer at the sale price, but I scooped it up as soon as I saw it was. Why? Because frankly, Ben Witherington is one of the most phenomenal scholars that there is. I have been told that he has an excellent memory down to the page numbers of a book that he has read and is quite knowledgeable in many other fields outside of the New Testament. Yet in this one, he's talking about the New Testament and taking a shot at the bad history that is often presented. I knew I was in for a treat when the very first chapter was titled "The Origins of the Specious." This is more of a classical humor that we often see from Witherington. Witherington says we live in a culture that is Biblically illiterate and yet Jesus-haunted. Jesus is seen all around us, and most of us have not done any real study on Jesus and that consists of more than just going to church every Sunday. The way that our culture buys into ideas on Jesus immediately has had Witherington tempted to write a book called "Gullible's Travels.""
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    #8The Jesus Puzzle

    The Jesus Puzzle

    The Jesus Puzzle is a non-fiction book written by Earl Doherty, first published in 2005 by Age of Reason Publications. It explores the possibility that Jesus of Nazareth never historically existed. 

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    Vibhore Singh
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I believe it is important to closely examine extraordinary claims especially when it comes to religion. This book takes a very analytical look into the story of Jesus Christ. The investigation is clearly laid out and the reasoning is well supported. It provides a convincing account of how the story of Jesus may have came to be. For anyone looking for a fresh take on the New Testament and its history this book is a must read. "
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    #9Jesus Potter, Harry Christ

    Jesus Potter, Harry Christ
    Jesus Potter, Harry Christ is a non-fiction book written by Derek Murphy, first published in 2011 by Holy Blasphemy. It explores the parallels between two of the most famous characters in literature, Jesus Christ and Harry Potter.
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    Saanvi Chavan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I'm enjoy the study of myths so I decided to pick this book up. It is some fascinating info within it and you'll learn stuff that you never thought you would. It is surprising how much these to characters share with another. "
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    #10Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

    Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

    Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time is a non-fiction book written by Marcus J. Borg, a philosophy professor. First published in 1994, it explores the historical origins and misconceptions about Jesus.

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    Jean Porter
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I appreciate this book for the different views about Christ. It opened my eyes to considering new philosophies since their is so much to learn about this topic."
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    #11The Challenge of Jesus

    The Challenge of Jesus

    The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was & Is is a non-fiction book by the theologian N.T. Wright, first published in 1999 by InterVarsity Press. It is a historical inquiry into the existence of Jesus.

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    Anna Cheng
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you want to know about Jesus during his time in Palestine through the eyes of being in the middle east at that time, then this is the book for you. The book is not too long, but can be boring at times. The book focuses on Jesus and who he really is. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a good look at Jesus and then dive deeply into the Bible for more thought provoking reading."
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    #12Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters

    Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters

    Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters is a book about religion by Dale C. ALlison Jr. Published in 2005, it book offers an alternative explantion to the tradition about the Resurrection of Jesus.

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    Louis King
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I wanted to learn more about Christianity coming from somewhere besides the Bible so I bought this book. It is interesting but you can tell it still pushes for some faith in a lot of the stories. I liked learning more about where certain beliefs and traditions came from."
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