Recommended Readings on Historical Apologetics

Hey guys!  I know I’ve already posted a similar article listing my recommended resources on Christian apologetics, but today I wanted to offer another list that focuses specifically on historical apologetics.  This way I can divide these up into different categories concerning that area without making things confusing (plus doing it this way is more enjoyable to me for some reason).  For this post, I will only be listing books:

The Existence of Jesus and the “Copycat” Thesis

  1.  Shattering the Christ Myth: Did Jesus Not Exist? (2008), Edited by James Patrick Holding
  2.  Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazereth (2012), by Bart D. Ehrman*
  3.  Unmasking the Pagan Christ: An Evangelical Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea (2006), by Stanley E. Porter and Stephen J. Bedard
  4. Lord or Legend?: Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma (2007), by Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy
  5.  The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ (2007), by Lee Strobel

Genre of the Gospel Accounts

  1. Four Gospels, One Jesus?: A Symbolic Reading (2014), by Richard A. Burridge
  2. Lord or Legend?: Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma (2007), by Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels

  1.  Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazereth – And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts (2015), by Robert J. Hutchinson
  2. Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels (2013), by J. Warner Wallace
  3. Lord or Legend?: Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma (2007), by Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy
  4.  The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (second edition, 2007), by Craig L. Blomberg
  5.  The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (revised edition, 1998), by Lee Strobel
  6.  On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision (2010), by William Lane Craig**

The Textual Reliability of the Gospels

  1.  From God to Us: How We Got Our Bible (revised edition, 2012), by Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix
  2.  The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (revised edition, 1998), by Lee Strobel
  3.  The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ (2007), by Lee Strobel

“Alternative” Gospels and the New Testament Cannon

  1.  Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels (2006), by Craig A. Evans
  2. From God to Us: How We Got Our Bible (revised edition, 2012), by Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix

The Resurrection of Jesus

  1.  Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics (third edition, 2008), by William Lane Craig
  2.  The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (2004), by Gary R. Habermas and Michael R. Licona
  3.  On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision (2010), by William Lane Craig
  4.  The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (revised edition, 1998), by Lee Strobel
  5.  The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ (2007), by Lee Strobel
  6. The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (2012), Edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland***

Other****

  1. Was Jesus God? (2008), by Richard Swineburne

 

*This one is technically not a defense of Christianity, since it’s not only written by an agnostic with atheist leanings, but it also has some material that isn’t exactly friendly towards the Christian faith.  However, Dr. Ehrman does do a pretty good job at defending the existence of Jesus from critics, so I think it’s worth the mention.

**Only a tiny bit of Chapter 8 is really devoted to the topic of the Gospels’ historical reliability; however, it’s great material nonetheless.

***A fair warning: the material in this work is rather technical.

****This is just a category that I made up for the books that have some good material while not exactly being my go-to choice (basically books that are just so-so).

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