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published: 1/12/06
updated: 12/30/13

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About Jesus of Nazareth

According to the New Testament, Jesus of Nazareth asked his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" And as the Christian faith have spread around the world, millions of individuals and religious groups have also asked themselves this question.

The significance of this ancient Jew named Jesus is officially recognized not only in traditional Christianity, but also in new religious movements that grew out of Christianity and even in some non-Christian religions such as Islam, the Baha'i Faith, and Cao Dai. Jesus is also respected by many Buddhists, Hindus, some Jews, and even some atheists.

So who was Jesus? This special section is devoted to exploring various views of Jesus' life, teaching and true identity, as well as his impact on religion and culture. Some pages are still under construction.





Jesus Image Gallery
Portrayals of Jesus from the earliest catacomb paintings and mosaics to Renaissance masters and modern cultures; even a forensic reconstruction!
Historical Jesus Theories
The most popular theories and conclusions in the "search for the historical Jesus."
The Jesus of the Gospels
The life of Jesus from birth to resurrection, according to the canonical four Gospels of the New Testament.
Religions' Views of Jesus
A comparison chart showing how religious groups past and present view and define Jesus - from Gnosticism to the Jehovah's Witnesses to Islam.
Is Jesus the Messiah?
Is Jesus the expected hero the Hebrew prophets predicted? Christians say yes; Jews say no. Here are the reasons for both.
Jesus as God: A History
Where did the idea of Jesus as God come from? Jesus? Paul? Constantine? A look at early Christian texts, theological development and scholarly views.
Did Jesus Exist?
The major evidence for and against a historical Jesus of Nazareth.
The Birth of Jesus
A historical look at the Christmas story, examining the date of Jesus' birth, his birth in Bethlehem, the Magi, the census, and more.
The Resurrection of Jesus
Did Jesus really rise from the dead on the third day? A history of belief in the resurrection, plus modern arguments pro and con.
Was Jesus Married?
Many current books say yes; many scholars say no. Here are the reasons for both.

 

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