It is with the Life of Jesus documentary that I am reminded of how the Gospels in the New Testament are entirely set apart from all other works of antiquity.
In this wonderful six-session journey filmed on location in Israel, John Dickson explores the world of the historical Jesus of Nazareth. Dickson’s presentation is powerful proof that there simply are no rivals to biblical scholarship. The case for Jesus has never been stronger than it is today.
Unlike other sacred writings making truth claims, the Gospels are not merely a collection of proverbial adages. Instead, they are biographical portraits of Jesus rooted in human history. And the historical background that Dickson sets forth brings the Gospel narratives to life.
Life of Jesus explores what is known about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in the context of first-century Palestine.
Dickson even addresses personal issues and philosophical objections along the way with fellow scholar, Greg Clarke. There are 25 extra conversations that deal with those objections and help to clarify the message of Jesus.
Session titles include the following:
- God’s Signpost
- Kingdom Come
- Judge & Friend
- Cross Examination
- The Resurrection
Dickson’s Life of Jesus is a refreshing look at the historical Jesus in 150 minutes. I was pleasantly surprised by the intellectual and spiritual balance of this documentary. This production will be helpful for skeptics, and challenging to the fundamentalist and the liberal alike.
“I strongly recommend this study to anyone who wants to re-examine the deep historical roots of Christian faith and to find them as life-giving as they ever were.” N.T. Wright, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
John Dickson (PhD) is the co-director of Centre for Public Christianity, an independent research and media organization promoting the public understanding of the Christian faith. With a degree in theology (Moore Theological College, Sydney) and a doctorate in ancient history (Macquarie University, Sydney), he is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, where he teaches courses on Christian origins and the world religions.
“Without a doubt, the best case for Christianity is the life of Jesus.”
D.D. Flowers, 2011.