Behold the Man: Essays on the Historical Jesus (Forthcoming from Wipf and Stock, 2024)

Contents

Foreword by Craig L. Blomberg

Author’s Preface

Chapter One: A Skeptic’s Guide to the Historical Jesus

Chapter Two: The Epistle of St. James vs. Evolutionary Christology

Chapter Three: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Dating the Fourth Gospel, Part I: John 5:2 and Papyrus 52

Chapter Four: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Dating the Fourth Gospel, Part II: Other Evidence

Chapter Five: Resurrection: Faith or Fact? Miracle Not Required?

Chapter Six: Scientific Rebuttals to “Ancient Aliens’ as Popular Alternatives to Biblical History

Appendix I: Addendum to Getting at Jesus (Wipf and Stock, 2019): The Deceptive Demon or Daemon Hypothesis

Appendix II: Was Jesus’ Claim to be God an Invention? Examining Ehrman’s Arguments

Recommended Resources

Bibliography

 

Praise for Behold the Man

“For those who care about evidence, Peter S. Williams here offers us some impressive arguments for the historical reliability of the New Testament account of Jesus. The treatments of the Epistle of James and the Fourth Gospel offered fresh and original points, and Williams summarizes a large swathe of evidence in a clear and responsible manner. Highly recommended.” – C. Stephen Evans, Emeritus University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University.

“Peter S. Williams is a quintessential researcher on the historical Jesus, and Behold the Man is the sort of high-quality, rigorous, and fascinating treatise we have come to expect from him. However, what makes this book absolutely unique is Williams’ expertise in philosophy and the deft way he interweaves the two disciplines. The result is a tour de force on the interplay between worldview assumptions and the task of explaining and interpreting historical facts in an objective way. This alone is worth the price of the book. But there’s more that is unique to Behold the Man. For example, in arguing for an early high Christology, Williams shows that James (the earliest book in the New Testament, rooted in a Jewish milieu) has a high Christology. And his focus on the historicity of John’s gospel is a complementary approach to the traditional focus on Paul and the Synoptics. Finally, Williams shows he has in mind a general audience ensconced in popular culture by critiquing theories about ‘ancient aliens’ and powerfully responding to the writings of Bart Ehrman. Honestly, there is nothing like this book. Get it and buy copies for your friends!” – J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and co-author (with Brandon Rickabaugh) of The Substance of Consciousness: A Comprehensive Defense of Contemporary Substance Dualism (Wiley Blackwell, 2023).

 

Resources

Listen

ELF 2022: Dating the Fourth Gospel: An Interdisciplinary Approach

ELF 2022: New Testament Archaeology 

ELF 2021: Archaeological Evidence for Jesus

ELF 2020: Ancient Aliens? Rebutting Alien Conspiracy Theories as Popular Alternatives to Biblical History

‘Learning about Jesus with the New Atheists’ (May 2020)

Read

Carl Stecher & Craig L. Blomberg, with Richard Carrier and Peter S. Williams, Resurrection: Faith or Fact? (Pickwick, 2019)

Peter S. Williams, Getting at Jesus: A Comprehensive Critique of Neo-Atheist Nonsense About the Jesus of History (Wipf and Stock, 2019)

Peter S. Williams, Digging For Evidence (Christian Evidence Society)

Peter S. Williams, Understanding Jesus: Five Ways to Spiritual Enlightenment (Paternoster, 2013)

Watch

YouTube Playlists

The Historical Jesus

Textual Reliability of the New Testament

The Reliability of the New Testament

The ‘Lunatic, Liar or Lord’ Argument

The Resurrection of Jesus

Debating the Resurrection

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