The Jesus Inquest

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I received this copy of The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster from Booksneeze.com for review.


The Jesus Inquest is written by Charles Foster who, according to his bio on the back of the book is “a writer, barrister, tutor in medical law and ethics at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford.” He is also a fair author. In this book he writes for both the pro and con side of Jesus’ resurrection. What is impressive, to me, is that he manages to not show his bias. If I had to take a guess I would say that he believes in the resurrection.

The Jesus Inquest is accessible to Bible laymen–those who don’t know chapter and verse or who are only passingly familiar to Christianity–though the arguments, either pro or con, will mean far more to a true Biblical scholar.  X and Y argue the case against and for the resurrection using the Bible, Biblical scholars, popular authors, and ancient Greek and Roman texts to make their individual cases.

Occasionally, Foster attempts to inject some humor into the arguments by having X or Y be snarky or sarcastic with one another. I think this is to the book’s detriment because it makes light of the gravity he wants to give to the topic.

I would recommend this book to people interested in the Resurrection whether scholarly or religiously and regardless of whether you’re pro or con.

You will need to request this book through InterLibrary Loans.

For other books about resurrection, try one of these online reads (if you are off campus you will need to log in to your SHSU account):

Greek resurrection beliefs and the success of Christianity

The historical Jesus for dummies

What really happened to Jesus

Or you can always do a subject search for “resurrection” in SamCat.

There’s also “The Last and First Days of Jesus” in Films on Demand: “This program investigates Jesus’ presence in and around Jerusalem during Passover: his allegedly seditious activities, his subsequent arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, his trial at the palace, and his execution by crucifixion. The remains of the shops of the money-changers and the great temple itself are also explored. With his death and burial, the “Jesus file” is closed, except for one loophole: his miraculous resurrection. (26 minutes)”

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