Evidence of the Resurrection by Josh McDowell
After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted on the minds of human beings--or it is the most remarkable fact of history.
Here are some of the facts relevant to the resurrection: Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish prophet who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead and that He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven.
From that foundation, Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire and has continued to exert great influence down through the centuries.
Extra-Biblical Historical Evidence of Jesus
ANCIENT NON-CHRISTIAN SOURCES. GNOSTICS SOURCES. LOST WORKS QUOTED IN OTHER SOURCES. ANCIENT CHRISTIAN SOURCES (extra-biblical). Accurate Quotes. Church of Christ [Historical Evidence] [Jesus in History]
Problems With The Denial Of Christ's Claims
"If Christ's claims were false, then he could not have been a good man, since he thought of Himself as God. It is interesting that, throughout all of history, Jesus has been considered a model of humility. Yet, if He was not whom He claimed to be, then He was the very opposite of humble." http://www.grmi.org/Richard_Riss/evidences/34prob.html
Proving the Historic Jesus
Nice essay by Harry V. Martin. Including historical records, Jewish writing, and findings. Note: Unfortunately he concludes his message by discrediting the New Testament's reliability [Historical Evidence] [Jesus in History]
The Claims Of Christ
According to the New Testament accounts, Jesus, during His ministry, often predicted that He would be raised from the dead, He claimed to have authority to forgive sins, to be Teacher and Lord, to be the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, to be equal with God, etc.
The Fulfillment Of Prophecy
"The fulfillment of the prophecies of the Bible is a vast subject. In fact, the Messianic prophecies alone have provided enough material for the publication of many books. Other books have been written solely about the Old Testament prophecies concerning certain cities or about certain world empires, while still others consider the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies in the twentieth century. Some authors have identified more than 300 Old Testament passages that are cited by the New Testament as having been fulfilled by Jesus Christ."
The Skeptic Series - Who is Jesus Christ?
Errors in the Bible
The Virgin Birth and the genealogies of Jesus
The Preservation of the Bible
Did Jesus claim to be God?
Did Jesus die on the cross?
THE VERIFIABILITY OF HISTORY
THE VERIFIABILITY OF HISTORY: EVERY EVENT HAS COLLATERAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONSEQUENCES. "The life of Christ made an indelible imprint on all of humanity, yet that this should have happened at all is in itself a miracle. "That this man of poor and uncultivated stock should remake the basis of philosophy and open out to the world of the future an unknown territory of thought; that this simple son of a declining people, born in an obscure district in a small Roman province, this nameless Jew like all those others despised by the Procurators of Caesar, should speak with a voice that was to sound above those of the Emperors themselves, these are the most surprising facts of history."3 In our own day and age we live with these consequences of the life of Christ. Whether we like it or not, he made an indelible mark upon all of humanity. If we deny his existence, not only do we do violence to the fabric of history, but we deny what is presently the case."
Was Jesus dishonest?
Was Jesus really fraudulent, dishonest, sacrilegious, and conspiratorial [Answers]] [Church History] [Bible History] http://www.christian-thinktank.com/hnoblood2.html