Back to Home Page Finding the Core of the Historical Jesus

Finding the Core of the Historical Jesus

 

 

Please note ads are served by Google and not pre-approved by FCHJ.com. Some might be a little strange.




Reading List

Below are listed many of the books and other media that first inspired Reverend Chuck to form the First Church of Historical Jesus. Clicking on any of the links will bring you to Amazon.com, where you can read detailed descriptions and reviews, and purchase the items if you wish.¹

Light Reading

Many people may wish to look over some shorter books on the subject before diving into the thick volumes listed next. We recommend two titles that give overviews of the subject of the Historical Jesus. Note, however, that the Gospel of Jesus has little explanatory material in it, and thus might prove confusing to the new reader.

The Historical Figure of Jesus, by E.P. Sanders

The Gospel of Jesus: According to the Jesus Seminar, by Robert Walter Funk (Editor), Jesus Seminar

Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, by John Dominic Crossan

Thicker Books

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by Karen Armstrong - An FCHJ "Must Have"

The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus, by Robert W. Funk (Translator), Roy W. Hoover (Translator), the Jesus Seminar - An FCHJ "Must Have"

The Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds of Jesus, by Robert Walter Funk (Editor), The Jesus Seminar

The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, by John Dominic Crossan - An FCHJ "Must Have"

The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus, by John Dominic Crossan - An FCHJ "Must Have"

Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts, by John Dominic Crossan, Jonathan L. Reed

Excavating Q: The History and Setting of the Sayings Gospel, by John S. Kloppenborg, John S. Kloppenborg Verbin, Michael Andreas (Preface), Stefan John (Preface)

The Roots of the Problem and the Person (A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 1), by John P. Meier

Mentor, Message, and Miracles (A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 2), by John P. Meier

Companions and Competitors (A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 3), by John P. Meier

Why I Am Not a Christian, and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, by Bertrand Arthur Russell

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, by Brian Greene - A Reverend Chuck Personal Pick

The Last Temptation of Christ, by Nikos Kazantzakis

Films

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965, DVD), also available in VHS

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973, DVD), also available in VHS (Wide Screen) and VHS

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979, DVD), also available in DVD (Deluxe Edition), VHS (Wide Screen) and VHS - A Reverend Chuck Personal Pick

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, DVD), also available in VHS - A Reverend Chuck Personal Pick

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (1998, VHS)

Music

Jesus Christ Superstar (Original London Concept Recording), by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Featuring the voice talent of Ian Gillan (as Jesus) and Yvonne Elliman (as Mary Magdalene) - A Reverend Chuck Personal Pick

¹ A commission of between 5 and 15 percent is paid to Reverend Chuck by Amazon.com on all purchases made via these links.