Very easy to read, very informative. - Walmart
A great book that is an introduction to apologetics. - Christianbook.com
Easy to read, but not simplistic. - Christianbook.com
Falls Short In Spots, But Interesting On The WholeUser Review - Christianbook.com
This is a book by a former investigative journalist and legal affairs writer. The author's academic background includes graduate work in legal analysis, a point with which thoughtful readers will immediately connect. He attempts to build up a case for the idea that Jesus is exactly who he says he was, laid out as a point-by-point presentation in the manner of legal evidence, in particular, the testimony of expert witnesses (respected scholars in specialty areas of biblical research). Properly, he begins with the scriptural texts themselves, since, obviously, no analysis of Jesus will be valid if the texts upon which it depends are unreliable. In a sense, therefore, this is the most important chapter in the book. It is also here that the weaknesses show most evidently. The author calls on the expertise of a well-known textual scholar to argue that the New Testament materials, to the extent that they purport to be authentic reports of the words, acts, and events in the life of Jesus, are trustworthy. The crux of the problem, in particular, the gospel "biographies" of Jesus, is that they are redactions from oral reports. The author's expert attempts to dismiss the idea that because oral transmissions from one person to another are inherently distortable, therefore the accuracy of the later written redactions of them are in question. This particular scholar notes, as a primary reason against such a view, that oral transmission, especially of religious materials, is a refined art among the Jews of Jesus' time. He cites, among other reasons for this assurance, that the ancient rabbis developed the art to such a high degree that transmission of the oral law remained the same from teacher to pupil down through the generations. The problem with this argument is that the people who attended Jesus' sermons and witnessed his acts were largely the uneducated or under-educated "people of the land", unlearned in both the written and the oral law, for whom the learned Jews (scribes ...