A Doubter's Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth for Believers and Skeptics

Author(s): John Dickson


A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is an introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Portraits because our best information points not to a tidy, monolithic Jesus, but to a complex, multi-layered and, at times, contradictory figure. While some might be troubled by this, fearing that plurality equals incomprehensibility or unreliability, others take it as an invitation to do some rearranging for themselves, trying to make Jesus neater, more systematic and digestible. After two millennia of spiritual devotion and more than two centuries of modern critical research, we still cannot fit Jesus into a box. He is destined to stretch our imaginations, confront our beliefs, and challenge our lifestyles for many years to come. In A Doubter's Guide to Jesus readers will find themselves both disturbed and intrigued by the images of Jesus found in the first sources.


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John Dickson (PhD, Macquarie University, Sydney) is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University; codirector of the Centre for Public Christianity; and senior minister at St. Andrew’s Roseville. The author of more than a dozen books, he is the host of two major historical documentaries for Australian television and is a busy public speaker in corporations, universities, churches, and conferences.

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

General Fields

  • : 9780310328612
  • : Zondervan
  • : Zondervan
  • : February 2018
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 256
  • : John Dickson