The writer of The Jesus Who Never Lived seeks to explain who Jesus Christ really was as a real person that existed in history, exposes some of the false Messiahs (Christs) that have appeared in history, and sheds light on some of the current views of Jesus.
The book is written in such a manner that it is easy to read and understand. One does not have to be a biblical scholar to understand the language here. It is a clear and concise work that is very readable.
There are three main sections. First is ‘The Importance of Knowing the Real Jesus’, second is ‘Distortions of Jesus Throughout History’, and third is ‘Finding the Real Jesus’.
In the first section, Dr. House systematically lays out the case for who Jesus was as a figure in history. Speaking about how his family viewed him, the people around him looked at him, and even how the world at large treated him.
The importance of this section cannot be underestimated when it comes to knowing and acknowledging who Jesus is. By using biblical and extrabiblical sources we can find out about Jesus from some of his contemporaries across a wide spectrum of views and thought.
From the writers of the synoptic Gospels who walked with Jesus to Greek historians to Roman historians and Roman state officials. Each of these accounts speaks of Jesus and gives a further glimpse into who he was and what he was like.
The second section highlights the many distortions of Jesus throughout history. Detailing the false messiahs that have come before, during, and after Jesus’ time, the writer also notes the various alternate Christs that have surfaced throughout history.
He also speaks about the Jesus talked about in relation to other world religions as well as the Jesus of modern day in movies, art and music.
The third and final section is the most important section in my opinion. It is all about who the real Jesus is. Dr House makes the case for the Messiah spelling out some of the promises of the law and the prophets, who the Messiah was supposed to be, and even how Jesus actually fulfilled those promises with evidence from his life.
One thing I really loved about this book was the fact that it is packed full of information. Even so, I know there is more to learn on every subject and idea put forth in this work. As such Dr House has provided footnotes at the end of the book for each of the 14 chapters.
I really appreciate the fact that any time a statement has been put forth that does not come from Dr House; he puts a footnote reference so that I can go find the source of that statement and look it up for myself.
I believe it is important to verify the accuracy of anyone’s statements in context and not just blindly accept them.
As such I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to know who Jesus Christ really was, is, and forever will be.