WHY THIS DIVISION?
Does believing that which was written long ago confirm that Jesus is God?
If Jesus is a real and definite person, he has real and definite characteristics. If so, and he claims to be the promised Messiah, then all the characteristics of Jesus should match all the characteristics of the Messiah. All of that is the focus of this division.
1.1 In whose Jesus are we to believe?
1.2 Where do we begin?
2.1 Why isn't this commonly taught?
2.2 The testimonies from hostile sources.
2.3 The testimonies of martyrs.
3.1 Who or what is the "Messiah"?
3.2 Which Old Testament prophecies did pre-Jesus Jews believe spoke of the coming Messiah?
3.3 How were the messianic prophecies being interpreted in Jesus' day?
Part 1: Could it have happened?
Part 2: Issues surrounding belief
Part 3: The summary gospel account
Part 4: Literal or figurative?
Part 5: The wrong tomb?
Part 6: Stolen by friends?
Part 7: Stolen by enemies?
Part 8: Did Jesus remove himself?
6.2 Summary: Major prophecies.
6.3 Summary: Hostile testimony.
6.4 Summary: Friendly testimony.
* See also WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
"Almost no educated person these days doubts that Jesus lived. Some accept it on faith, others on the testimony of a brace of ancient chroniclers, both Christian and Roman."
Time Online Edition
October 30, 2002