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"And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and {saying,} 'This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.'" Acts 17:2-3

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THE HISTORICAL JESUS

The theory that Jesus did not exist as a historical figure is often referred to as the Jesus Myth. Though dead as a serious academic position, the notion that Jesus did not exist is advanced by skeptics through their various publishing arms and on the internet. Others have argued that though some sort of founding historical figure is possible, the miracles attributed to him must be legendary developments. As a result, one the CADRE's priorities is to educate readers about the overwhelming evidence of Jesus' historicity. On this page are links to articles and books dealing with the question of the historicity of Jesus.


The Historicity of Jesus: Overviews and Defenses
The Value of the Early Christian Sources
Non-Christian References to Jesus
Pagan Parallels: Answers to the Copy-Cat Savior Theory
The Historicity of the Miracles of Jesus
Books on the Historicity of Jesus

The Historicity of Jesus: Overviews and Defenses


Articles from top scholars and leading internet apologists, historicity of Jesus of Nazareth.

The Value of the Early Christian Sources


Skeptics sometimes argue that most of what we know about Jesus comes from Christian sources. These articles show you why the early Christian sources are more than sufficient to learn about the historical Jesus.

Non-Christian References to Jesus


Articles exploring the non-Christian references to Jesus, including Josephus, and what we can learn from them.

Pagan Parallels: Answers to the Copy-Cat Savior Theory


Although abandoned by more knowledgeable skeptics, some still cling to the notion that Jesus Christ is a myth based on similar pagan characters. Learn the folly of their ways.

The Historicity of the Miracles of Jesus


Some concede that Jesus founded Christianity, but dismiss the miracles attributed to him as legendary developments. Here are articles from top scholars and apologists demonstrating the uniqueness of the miracle claims about Jesus.

Books on the Historicity of Jesus


Books defending the historicity of Jesus by top scholars are not very common because the issue is a settled one among historians, but the Cadre provides a guide and reviews.



The Historical Jesus: Overviews and Defenses


The Value of the Early Christian Sources


Non-Christian References to Jesus


Pagan Parallels: Answers to the Copy-Cat Savior Theory



The Historicity of the Miracles of Jesus


Books on the Historicity of Jesus


  • Did Jesus Exist? Resources for Refuting the Jesus Myth
    An Amazon Listmania list created by CADRE member Christopher Price. Provides book recommendations and brief descriptions for responding to the various arguments made by Jesus Mythers.

  • The Evidence for Jesus (Highly Recommended)
    A more contemporary treatment of the issue by leading New Testament scholar R.T. France. Relatively inexpensive and concise. See CADRE member Christopher Price’s review.

  • The Historicity of Jesus
    Subtitled “A Criticism of the Contention that Jesus Never Lived, a Statement of the Evidence for his Existence, an Estimate of His Relation to Christianity,” this book was written by Shirley Case of the University of Chicago. Professor Case was one of the first academics to be bothered enough by the Jesus Myth to write a book-length response. Fortunately, the full text is available online.

  • I Believe in the Historical Jesus
    An aged treatment of the issue by leading New Testament scholar I. Howard Marshall. See CADRE member Christopher Price’s review.

  • Jesus Outside the New Testament
    An excellent resource on the non-Christian evidence for Jesus, as well as a chapter devoted to the issue of the Jesus Myth. See CADRE member Christopher Price’s review.

  • Jesus the Nazarene, Myth or History?
    Another online book-length treatment of the Jesus Myth. Published a few years after Professor Case’s treatment, Professor Maurice Goguel. In our opinion, though dated this is still a worthy refutation of the Jesus Myth .

  • A Marginal Jew, Volume 1
    By leading New Testament scholar John P. Meier, A Marginal Jew is widely regarded as an indispensable guide to studying the historical Jesus.

  • Shattering the Christ Myth
    Edited by J.P. Holding, this book includes articles by many leading internet apologists, including CADRE member Chris Price. It is perhaps the most up-to-date response to the Jesus Myth available in print.

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." 1 Peter 3:15