• More Than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell. Very readable. Fairly short; excellent introduction to Jesus and the evidence.
  • The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel. Former atheist and journalist, with law degree from Yale, investigates the evidence for Christ.

Jesus' Historicity:

  • History and Christianity, by John Warwick Montgomery. Short book that presents evidence that Jesus was a real, historical figure. (There's an alternative version titled History, Law and Christianity by the same author.)
  • Advanced:  The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ, by Gary Habermas, who is one of the foremost scholars regarding Jesus and the resurrection.


  • The Resurrection Factor, by Josh McDowell. Answers the question, "Does the historical evidence support the resurrection?"
  • Intermediate:  The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona. 
  • Advanced: The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, by Michael Licona. 600 pages!  This is basically his PhD thesis. Licona approaches the resurrection as a historian would, using only data that most historians (including atheists, Jews, etc.) would accept as valid. He arrives at three key statements that almost all historians agree with, and then asks what hypothesis is the best explanation of those statements.



Here are some of the key papers I wrote as part of my study at Biola:

  1. Jesus' Historicity - arguments that Jesus truly existed, he is not a myth.
  2. Evidence for the Resurrection - based on Michael Licona's historiographical approach to the resurrection.