Whether Jesus was really the Son of God or not is a central question for Christians-and one that has provoked heated debate since the time of Jesus' birth. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian records to build a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Addressing questions raised by books such as Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman builds a carefully reasoned case for Jesus truly being the Son of God.
Dean L. Overman is former senior partner of the international law firm Winston & Strawn. A former Templeton scholar at Oxford University in religion, information theory, and physics, he has also studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and Harvard University. He lives in Washington, D.C., and is the author of A Case for the Existence of God, and A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization.
Preface Introduction Chapter 1 Worship Patterns in the Very Earliest Church Indicate an Immediate Veneration of Jesus as Divine Following His Crucifixion Chapter 2 In the Synoptic and Johannine Gospels Jesus Used the Term "I Am," Words that Function as the Name of God in the First Century; Hence His Conviction for blasphemy in His Trial Before the Sanhedrin Chapter 3 Reliability of the Canonical Gospel Accounts is Supported by the Historical Evidence Chapter 4 The Means of Communication of the Gospel Immediately After the Crucifixion was through a Highly Reliable Oral Gospel Tradition Chapter 5 The resurrection is a Plausible Event Chapter 6 The New and Old Gnosticism are Based on Fantasies, Not on Historical Events Chapter 7 One Cannot Logically Maintain that all Religions Describe a Path to the Same Ultimate Reality Chapter 8 How Should One Engage a Person of Another Faith Concerning Diverse Religious Beliefs? Appendix A: Hymnic or Creedal Verses Appendix B: Bart Ehrman's recently published Jesus Interrupted is contradicted by the conclusions of his mentor, Bruce M. Metzger