List of books about Jesus

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This is a bibliography of works with information or interpretations of the life and teachings of Jesus. The list is grouped by date, and sorted within each group (except for the very earliest works) alphabetically by name of author.

Jesus of Nazareth (/ˈzəs/; 7–2 BC/BCE to 30–36 AD/CE), commonly referred to as Jesus Christ or simply as Jesus or Christ, is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christian denominations venerate him as God the Son incarnated and believe that he rose from the dead after being crucified.[1][2] The principal sources of information regarding Jesus are the four canonical gospels.[3]

1st and 2nd centuries

  • The New Testament of the Bible, especially the Gospels (see List of Gospels). Editions include The Greek New Testament, Aland, United Bible Societies.
  • The Nag Hammadi Library
  • The Diatessaron by Tatian, a harmonisation of the four canonical Gospels.
  • Miller, Robert J., ed. (September 1, 2010). The Complete Gospels (4th ed.). Salem, OR: Polebridge Press. ISBN 978-1598150186.
  • Holmes, Michael W., ed. (1999). The Apostolic Fathers: Greek texts and English Translations (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 1st edition 1890, translated and edited by Lightfoot, J. B.; 1891, revised by Harmer, J. R.[4]
  • Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 18.63-64 (18.3.3 in the numbering system of older editions). The authenticity of this passage is disputed.[5]

17th century

18th century

  • Dupuis, Charles François (1872). The Origin of All Religious Worship. Translated from the French. New Orleans. Retrieved February 10, 2015. First French edition 1798, abridged from a 12-volume work of 1795.
  • Reimarus, Hermann Samuel (1970) [c.1750–60]. Buchanan, George Wesley, ed. The Goal of Jesus and His Disciples. Translated from the German by Buchanan, George Wesley. Leiden: E. J. Brill. The English title does not correspond to that of any work by Reimarius in either German or English Wikipedia.[clarification needed]
  • Volney, C. F. (1890) [1802]. The Ruins, or Meditations on the Revolutions of Empires: and the Law of Nature. Translated from the French by Thomas Jefferson and Joel Barlow. New York, NY: Twentieth Century Publishing Co. Retrieved February 10, 2015. Original French publication 1791.

19th century

  • Bauer, Bruno (May 2002) [1843]. Trejo, Paul, ed. An English Edition of Bruno Bauer's 1843 Christianity Exposed: A Recollection of the Eighteenth Century and a Contribution to the Crisis of the Nineteenth Century. Translated from the German by Ziegler, Esther. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 978-0773471832.
  • Carlyle, Thomas (1896). On Heroes and Hero-Worship: and the Heroic in History. London: Ward, Lock & Bowden Ltd.
  • Edersheim, Alfred (1883). The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  • Kierkegaard, Søren (1941) [1850]. Training in Christianity, and the Edifying Discourse Which 'Accompanied' It. Translated from the Danish. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Notovitch, Nicolas (1890). The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ. Translated from the Russian by J. H. Connelly and L. Landsberg. New York, NY: R. F. Fenno. Retrieved February 15, 2015. Original Russian publication 1887.
  • Renan, Joseph Ernest (1864). The Life of Jesus. London: Trübner & Co.
  • Strauss, David Friedrich (June 1, 2010) [1846]. The Life of Jesus, Critically Examined. Translated from the 4th German edition by George Eliot. Cosimo Classics. ISBN 978-1616403096. Original German publication 1835–36.
  • Strauss, David Friedrich (1879). The Life of Jesus for the People. Authorised translation (2nd ed.). London and Edinburgh: Williams and Norgate. Retrieved February 10, 2015. Original German publication 1864.
  • Strauss, David Friedrich (January 1, 1977). The Christ of Faith and the Jesus of History: A Critique of Schleiermacher's The Life of Jesus. Translated from the German by Keck, Leander E. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. ISBN 978-0800612733. Original German publication 1865.
  • Tolstoy, Leo (1894). The Kingdom of God is Within You. Translated from the Russian by Garnett, Constance. New York, NY: Cassell Publishing Co. Retrieved February 10, 2015., Wikipedia article The Kingdom of God is Within You. Original Russian publication 1894.
  • White, Ellen G. (1898). The Desire of Ages. Written by a founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Link to online text in main Wikipedia article.

20th century



21st century

Unknown date

  • Putenis, A. K. Jesus, the Messiah. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. Not before 1988, the date of foundation of Fortress Press. No further bibliographical information found online.[clarification needed]

Jesus as different from Paul the Apostle

Jesus Married?

Jacobovici, Simcha (2014). The Lost Gospel. NY: Pegasus. ISBN 978-1-60598-610-4.

See also

External links

  • The Four in One Gospel of Jesus


  1. ^ Newbigin (1989) p. 66 "the whole of Christian teaching would fall to the ground if it were the case that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus were not events in real history but stories told to illustrate truths which are valid apart from these happenings."
  2. ^ Grudem (1994) pp. 568–603
  3. ^ Funk, Robert W.; Seminar, Jesus (1998). Introduction. The acts of Jesus: the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco. pp. 1–40. ISBN 978-0-06-062978-6.
  4. ^ Varner, Will. "Review of The Apostolic Fathers: Greek texts and English Translations, 3rd edn". Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Kasper, Walter (1976). Jesus the Christ. New Jersey: Paulist Press. p. 289. ISBN 0-8091-2081-X.
  6. ^ "Review of Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan". Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 38 (1): 84–85. March 1970. JSTOR 1461704.
  7. ^ "Review of Christ the End of the Law". Journal of Biblical Literature. 107 (1): 145–146. March 1988. JSTOR 3267846.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Theissen, Gerd and Annette Merz. The historical Jesus: a comprehensive guide. Fortress Press. 1998. translated from German (1996 edition)
  9. ^ "Review of The Hero Pattern and the Life of Jesus". Western Folklore. 38 (1): 56–57. January 1979. JSTOR 1498986.
  10. ^ "Review of Proceedings of the First International Congress of Mithraic Studies". Britannia. 7: 396–397. 1976. JSTOR 525789.
  11. ^ Bogs, Christopher R. "Critical Review Paper on Jesus the Magician: Charlatan or Son of God?" (PDF). Retrieved February 15, 2015.
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