Resources about Jesus’s Life

There is much to learn about Jesus’s life. From people who have dedicated their lives to the study of a peasant from Galilee.

From studying the history of our “sources” to telling of his life. And whatever else in between.

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

Issac Newton

I have only started scratching the surface of the well of information available.

But here are some websites, books and videos that I have found of value in trying to understand the life of Jesus better.

I will break these down into two sections each.

Books, videos or resources that I highly recommended. Ones that are worth your time to understand the life of Jesus better. At least, in my opinion.

Followed by resources that I have read or listen to. That may be worth your time or not.

Either for their unique view, material they bring to light or simply because they are popular at the moment.

But just because it is written doesn’t mean it’s worth it.

After slugging through it, I hope my short summary or response will help you to leave it on the shelf and find something much better suited to understanding the man from Galilee.

I wish I could word that better, but for now, let’s get to the reviews.

Book Reviews about the Life and Times of Jesus

I am not a brilliant fast reader, but it feels like the sheer volume of books about Jesus that I could read for the rest of my life and still not get through all of them. Not to mention the new books being published adding to this list.

But the ones I have read here are the ones I would recommend. They are worth reading. I enjoyed them, and I hope you will too.

Recommended Books About the Historical Jesus

No particular order, but read the reviews and see if they would add to your knowledge or appreciation of Jesus.

Front cover of The Historical Jesus A Guide for the Perplexed

Helen K. Bond’s The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed is an insightful overview of Jesus’ life and teachings from the perspective of a historical study. It is a captivating guide that provides readers with an overarching understanding of the historicity of Jesus.

A book I enjoyed reading, trying to expand my understanding of Jesus as a historical figure.

My full review of The Historical Jesus: Guide for the Perplexed

Book of The Quest of the Historical Jesus, Albert Schweitzer

 Schweitzer does an amazing job of creating a brief overview of many books written about Jesus’ life along with the main thoughts, problems, solutions and what he considers key thoughts that advance the “Quest for the Historical Jesus.”

In under 400 pages, you get a quick grasp of German thought about the life of Jesus, spanning 150 years. Seeing how their views and thoughts about Jesus changed and developed.

My full review of The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer.

Keener writes in a clear, understandable way while explaining the life of Jesus according to the gospels. Which he asserts and shows are our best sources for understanding the life of Jesus. Along with showing the background of time and culture of Jesus’ life.

An enjoyable, informative read that will leave you better understanding of the life of Jesus.

My full review of The Historical Jesus of the Gospels by Craig Keener

More Books Reviewed about Jesus’s Life

This is rapidly growing. There is much chaff out there. But there is also some gold.

Love or hate them.

Hoping my short summaries and experience will help guide you. There are some really good books out there, but they haven’t earned my top recommendation.

Read the reviews. See if they are worth reading yourself.

In alphabetical order, or at least I will try. Still struggle with the last half after N, even after all these years. Go figure.

Videos and YouTube Channels about Jesus

Shorter history, but the production of videos about Jesus is growing even faster than books. Anyone, myself included, can grab their phone and begin publishing videos. Amazing and scary at the same time.

Recommended Videos and Channels about Jesus

Constantly changing, but here are my interests right now.

Testify

I feel an affinity with Erik. Informed but without the letters before his name. You know what I mean.

As the channel name says, he has an angle. But he humbly works through material presented by others.

Talks about much more than just the life of Jesus but has a fair amount about Jesus.

What I like is his other side of the conversation. There are some amazing scholars and presenters that you listen to/read, and are floored. Like WOW! 100%, that is it. But then I watch Testify or read some other book, and I am wait. There is more to this.

Perspective is everything.

The more you have, the better you can see. Testify often provides this. Besides, he’s entertaining (Most of the Time).

Dr. Bart Ehrman’s Channel

Love him or hate him, he is one of the most well-known New Testament scholars at the moment. He has an uncanny ability to talk about scholarly matters in a way that we commoners can understand.

He tows a fine line between treating the gospels as historical and the best sources about the life of Jesus while at the same time pointing out “myths” or unhistorical accounts (At least in his opinion) recorded in them.

A prolific author. If you are serious about understanding the historical Jesus, you will come across his writings sometime.

His videos are a great introduction and sometimes give you enough to make you feel you have read his book when you haven’t.

Interesting Videos about Jesus’s Life

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