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Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life

In this FREE eBook, examine fundamental questions about Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus is the central figure of Christianity, the world’s largest religion. As a teacher in first-century Galilee, he influenced thousands. Yet many questions today surround this enigmatic person. Where was he really born—Bethlehem or Nazareth? Did he marry? Is there evidence outside of the Bible that proves he actually walked the earth?

The brand-new Biblical Archaeology Society eBook Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life, drawn from articles in Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review, examines the history of Jesus’ life, from where he was born, where he grew up and whether there is extra-Biblical evidence for his existence.

Chapter 1

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible


Did Jesus of Nazareth really exist? What’s the evidence outside of the Bible? In “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible,” Lawrence Mykytiuk examines Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. These records give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion.

Chapter 2

Jesus’ Birthplace and Jesus’ Home


Where was Jesus born? The Gospels of Matthew and Luke say that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. So why is he called a Nazorean and a Galilean throughout the New Testament? In “Jesus’ Birthplace and Jesus’ Home,” Philip J. King examines what the Bible actually says about Bethlehem, traditionally considered Jesus’ birthplace, and Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown.

Chapter 3

Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?


What was Nazareth like during Jesus’ time? In “Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?” Ken Dark describes the excavation of an intriguing first-century “courtyard house” that may have been revered as Jesus’ boyhood home in the Byzantine period. Other archaeological evidence suggests that Jesus’ Nazareth was larger and wealthier than previously thought.

Chapter 4

Did Jesus Marry?


Modern movies and novels always want to marry Jesus off to one of his most prominent—and perhaps scandalous—female followers, Mary Magdalene. But Jesus’ own words suggest he wasn’t interested in such worldly matters, according to Birger A. Pearson in “Did Jesus Marry?”

Chapter 5

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?


Matthew, Mark and Luke say that Jesus was crucified on Passover, suggesting that the Last Supper was a Seder, a ritual meal held in celebration of this Jewish holiday. John indicates otherwise. Who’s right, if any of them? Jonathan Klawans examines this question in “Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?”

We hope you enjoy this journey through the history of Jesus’ life. These and other fascinating insights into the Biblical world can be found in the pages of Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review.

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  1. powlraj says

    One of His disciple Thomas came to India he died here we believe his testimony

  2. Tim says

    Jesus told the rich man “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” He did! He was right – they don’t.
    But some do believe. Open their eyes LORD. On the road to Emmaus Jesus explained …what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:27) But it wasn’t till ‘he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it…’ that their eyes were openned.(Luke 24:30-31)
    May unbelievers read and hear and pray that God will open their eyes.

  3. Kevin G. says

    Dear Rabbi Yeshus bar Yusef of Nazareth, I am inspired by your teachings and parables in the synoptic gospels and I admire the way you regularly submit to Yahweh. I don’t like what the gospel of John did to your story.
    Disciple love to you from Kevin Aryé haTikvah Smith, Messianic Catholic []

  4. Alice says

    I explore this very question through the lens of anthropology at my blog Biblical Anthropology. The question should be “Who is Jesus?” if we are to understand his identity.

  5. Bernice says

    Only Truth Will Stand ……
    The Holy Bible states that there should be no image of any Holy Ones picture on Earth.
    That picture that they call ‘Jesus ‘ is not a picture of our Saviour, the Son of the Living God according to true facts.

  6. Elvin says

    I would love for everyone stop describing jesus as a white man or his mother as a white woman…. Once this lie get told right any story you all tell about the man won’t be truth… & if his color really doesn’t matter then why not show it.

  7. Jerome says

    I have been a student of Jesus for close to eighty years. I have been a follower of Jesus for about half that. When I finally stopped looking at Jesus as God and started to follow the man, the teacher, the Rabbi, I found my deliverer. Reread the gospels, find the man instead of the God, leave the religion to the religionists and God to the spiritually bankrupt. God will take care of them.
    Those of us that have found the living Christ are given the face of God, and need no help. Leave the arguments to the politicians and Religionists! No arguments are Necessary.

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