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Case For the Real Jesus Large Print [Paperback]

By Lee Strobel (Author)
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Pages   586
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Gale (Walker Large Print)
ISBN  1594152403  
EAN  9781594152405  

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Today, the traditional picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught from many quarters. They're capturing the public's imagination with a radical new portrait of Jesus that bears scant resemblance to the picture historically embraced by the church. How persuasive is this new image of Jesus? Is it based on well-supported facts and arguments -- or does it fade away when exposed to the hot light of scrutiny? In this dramatic investigation, award-winning writer and former legal editor Lee Strobel explores these controversial questions and others. Evaluate the evidence for yourself as leading experts grapple with the latest objection from today's foremost critics. Then reach your own verdict.

Lee Strobel, with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a master of studies in law degree from Yale Law School, was the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and a spiritual skeptic until 1981. His books include Four Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Christian Book of the Year (co-authored with Garry Poole). He and his wife live in California.

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Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at:

Lee Strobel currently resides in West Dundee, in the state of Illinois. Lee Strobel was born in 1952.

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Case for the Real Jesus  Nov 1, 2009
Great book. It goes over the attacks on the identity of Chirst. All of Lee Strobel's books help one to see that Jesus was the Christ, God's Son. A must read.
A frustrating case  Aug 29, 2009
"The case for the real Jesus" is a sequel to Lee Strobel's best-selling "The case for Christ".

The author, who calls himself a journalist, is actually an evangelical minister. (That's why he looks like one on the dust jacket.)

The book attacks alternative ideas about Jesus, including those of the Jesus Seminar, Morton Smith, Michael Baigent, Muslims and Jews. Strobel also takes on Bart Ehrman. As in "The case for Christ", Strobel interviews various Christian scholars to solicit their opinions on the latest heterodox notions about Jesus. While "The case for Christ" looked (mostly) intended for a general audience, the sequel feels more narrowly directed at Christians.

Many of the alternative visions of Jesus tackled in the book are indeed pretty extreme, and Strobel has little problem exposing them. Thus, Morton Smith's "secret gospel of Mark" was probably a forgery, the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas was most certainly written much later than the canonical gospels, and Michael Baigent...well, why even bother mentioning him?

Still, I felt a strong sense of frustration when reading the book. The reason, of course, is that many of the other arguments are non sequiturs. Once again we read that the gospels are "historically reliable sources" because they where (supposedly) written very early by eye witnesses. And once again I answer: modern cults concoct legends about their still living leaders as we speak, yet evangelical Christians don't take *them* seriously. The glaring contradictions between the synoptics and John aren't mentioned at all. Instead we read that the gospels concur in the "essentials". Well, Jesus does die and rise again in all four gospels, so I guess you can say they agree on the "essentials". Presumably the exact date of the crucifixion, the length of Jesus' ministry, or the exact origins of his parents, aren't "essentials", then? But that, of course, is not Strobel's position, who is a near-fundamentalist. He is clearly being disingenuous here. Further, he downplays the conflicts within the early Church between Paul and various Jewish Christian groups, arguing that they weren't essential either, while missing the real point: how could such conflicts arise at all, if the words of Jesus had been supernaturally preserved? Why didn't Paul point to a statement by Jesus to prove that all food was lawful? Perhaps because there wasn't such a statement...until one was concocted in the gospels, written down after Paul's death. Besides, Paul and his opponents certainly believed that the conflict was over essentials. Why else would Paul's preaching be so controversial? Why did the most radical Jewish Christians accuse Paul of no longer being Jewish, forcing Paul to worship in the Temple to prove his Jewishness? Surely, these people saw Temple worship as something very essential!

That the book is intended for an evangelical audience is also shown by some rather strange arguments, such as Paul's meeting with the risen Christ being proof that Jesus did indeed rose from the dead. What?! The Hindu guru Paramahamsa Yogananda supposedly met his teacher in a resurrected state. Which proves...what? That the Devil is loose in the world? The Three Witnesses saw the Book of Mormon being brought to them by an angel. Ah, the devil *is* loose in the world! Another evangelical-oriented section attacks New Age, gravely telling us that we cannot believe whatever we wanna believe about Jesus. No? The author doesn't seem to have any problem with it. We also read that the Christian concept of Hell is better than the Hindu concept of reincarnation and karma. Really? Since when?

And finally, there is the inevitable chapter attacking...the Jews. (There was such a chapter in the previous book as well.)

Why can't these people just realize that truth (which does indeed exist) can only be accessed through the medium of philosophy and science?

There simply isn't a case for Protestant fundamentalism.
Just the facts  Aug 23, 2009
I must admit that when I first read "The Case for Christ" I was impressed with the sincerity of Lee Strobel's pursuit of the truth. Subsequently, I read his other works on The Case for Faith, the Case for the Creator and The Case for the Resurrection. His fact based and logical approach led me to a more academic pursuits. His modus operendi of seeking out top notch scholars and asking them tough questions reaks of a hard nosed motivation to find the Truth. The Case for the Real Jesus explores peripheral faiths, events and rumors that ultimately took on lives of their own. Much of these rumors and/or distortions survive to this day. Strobel applies his usual template and dispels them one by one. This book is not a rehash but explores new areas to give the Christian apologist a better understanding of where distortions about their faith began. My sincerest prayer for my atheist and agnostic bretheren is that they will sincerely review the facts and reflect on them. They are compelling. This is a great book for anyone who has the courage to seek the truth about Christianity.
Unintentionally Hilarious : Strobel Finally Ruins His Reputation  Aug 21, 2009
Lee Strobel. What an author. I mean, the guy can write. Sadly, he is not a Christian, which he probably knows at the heart of it but for some reason chooses to avoid. Having accepted Christianity, for what its worth, Strobel now strives to 'educate' us on Jesus and the validity of the religion, by conducting extensive interviews with degree-holders and 'experts' on the subject. At the outset, let me state that this book is beautifully written - excellent grasp of grammar, and the sentence structure is exemplary. Also, the plot devices work well in their given contexts.

But past that, the book doesn't quite work as intended. In fact, if you have any sort of basic understanding of Christianity, you'll quickly find that the author has NO historical data to work with, and spends 90% of the time trying to convince us that the New Testament (the church published version even) is historical in context (what a joke), and that even though they were written hundreds of years after Christ's death, they are 'definitive' historical documents. I mean, that sounds really weird. Its like saying that something happened in 1890, but I'm sitting here in 2009 writing about it, and my document is now the authentic absolute eye-witness account of what happened in 1890. Even an idiot can see through the dubiousness at work here.

"The Case for the Real Jesus" is also important because it shows us that Strobel is a brilliant actor. He poses as a skeptic, raising all sorts of modern questions that attack Christianity, and he tells us that he is going to 'fully research' the claims to arrive at the 'truth'. Consider these two points:

1. Strobel ONLY interviews hard-core Christian fanatics and believers. All of them are huge on Jesus and consider even the slightest question against his existence to be blasphemous. At times during their interviews, they 'roll their eyes', 'raise their eyebrows', etc, for dramatic effect, and they all wish away other world religions, and ALL other scholars who have even slightly questioned Christianity (some of these scholars are branded as being stupid, greedy, fame-hungry, gay, or confused : I still haven't found out why these poor people need to be called such names)

2. Strobel is a diehard Christian, and so wraps up every chapter with the message that the Church is absolutely correct in EVERYTHING it says, and that anyone who questions it has a severe mental problem, or hasn't studied the Bible in its ORIGINAL language properly. Really Strobel? Do you even know Hebrew? What makes you such an expert? The mind boggles.

In the end, Lee Strobel comes across as rather desperate and lost - which is kind of pathetic considering I picked up this book a year ago to discover the truth about the historical Jesus Christ. This is obviously a fascinating subject, but sadly all I found were repeated references to the New Testament, the same old passages rehashed, and Strobel trying to convince us that not only is Jesus real, but that his resurrection actually happened. Considering there are no eye-witness accounts for this, the way he goes about 'confirming' that it happened is downright ridiculous. Even a hardcore Christian will be embarrassed by some of the ludicrous and sad claims made here.

"The Case for the Real Jesus" is a well written book, but all of its factual data seems cobbled together to help the Church retain its 'pristine' image. I mean, its alright if the author believes so much in Christ. Just don't try to fool me that you're looking for answers. You're not. You just want to shove your age-old Christian propaganda down my throat, but thats just not going to happen, because this book is more of a Cartoon Network production than anything.

Bottom Line : Don't take Strobel too seriously. His writing is nice, but consider it fiction. Its like a more researched "The Da Vinci Code", but thats it.
Excellent and Thorough  Aug 18, 2009
This is an excellent book which is both accessible to everyone without extensive background while still covering the issues completely and thoroughly. They are covered in a very engaging manner and clear up many questions about Jesus. It completely debunks many instances of speculation and legend in an honest pursuit of the truth. While Strobel believes in Jesus, he still does not gloss over the objections raised by authors, scholars, etc. and the scholars he interviews are thorough in their responses backing their information up with references, real evidence and explanations, not hand waving and special pleading. This is an excellent resource I would recommend for anyone. I have listened to it myself probably 10 times over to really understand thoroughly the material covered.

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