The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus By: Lee Strobel
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Table of Contents
PART 1: Examining the Record Chapter 1. The Eyewitness Evidence Can the Biographies of Jesus Be Trusted? with Dr. Craig Blomberg
Chapter 2. Testing the Eyewitness Evidence Do the Biographies of Jesus Stand Up to Scrutiny? with Dr. Craig Blomberg
Chapter 3. The Documentary Evidence Were Jesus' Biographies Reliably Preserved for Us? with Dr. Bruce Metzger
Chapter 4. The Corroborating Evidence Is There Credible Evidence for Jesus outside His Biographies? with Dr. Edwin Yamauchi
Chapter 5. The Scientific Evidence Does Archaeology Confirm or Contradict Jesus' Biographies? with Dr. John McRay
Chapter 6. The Rebuttal Evidence Is the Jesus of History the Same As the Jesus of Faith? with Dr. Gregory Boyd
PART 2: Analyzing Jesus Chapter 7. The Identity Evidence Was Jesus Really Convinced That He Was the Son of God? with Dr. Ben Witherington III
Chapter 8. The Psychological Evidence Was Jesus Crazy When He Claimed to Be the Son of God? with Dr. Gary Collins
Chapter 9. The Profile Evidence Did Jesus Fulfill the Attributes of God? with Dr. D. A. Carson
Chapter 10. The Fingerprint Evidence Did Jesus and Jesus Alone Match the Identity of the Messiah? with Louis Lapides, M.Div., Th.M.
PART 3: Researching the Resurrection Chapter 11. The Medical Evidence Was Jesus' Death a Sham and His Resurrection a Hoax? with Dr. Alexander Metherell
Chapter 12. The Evidence of the Missing Body Was Jesus' Body Really Absent from His Tomb? with Dr. William Lane Craig
Chapter 13. The Evidence of Appearances Was Jesus Seen Alive after His Death on the Cross? with Dr. Gary Habermas
Chapter 14. The Circumstantial Evidence Are There Any Supporting Facts That Point to the Resurrection? with Dr. J. P. Moreland
Conclusion: The Verdict of History What Does the Evidence Establish And What Does It Mean Today?
This book is a great length at 292 pages. There are two things that make this an excellent book. First, each chapter is a specific subject that is addressed through an interview with a specific scholar who is eminently qualified to answer the question. Second, the writing is easy to understand. At the end of each chapter also has several discussion questions for a group study/conversation and also additional resources for those subjects that are of particular interest.
The focus of The Case for Christ cover literary criticism of the Bible, historical accuracy of the biblical author's testimonies, and the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. In my opinion these are areas that many Christians are sorely deficient in a clear understanding. I would consider this book one of the best possible introductions to historical aspects of Christian Apologetics if you need to keep it simple and straight forward.