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224 pages
Feb 2005
Baker Books

Crucified In The Media: Finding The Real Jesus Amidst Today's Headlines

by C. Marvin & Sheryl L. Pate

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Grab a highlighter and be prepared to underscore some myths about the Messiah! This book is brimming with information, which is presented in a clear and concise way. With the recent portrayals of Jesus Christ in Hollywood-style movies and best-selling books, some truths about the Son of God may have gone astray. The authors will lead readers back to reality, with a full disclosure of all the facts.

The topics covered are contemporary, cutting edge, and controversial. The authors begin with an in-depth look at the Jesus Seminar, where a group of people from all denominations met to decide what Jesus actually said and did. In a perfect circle of thought, this book ends by asking readers who they think Jesus is. And thatís the motivation throughout all these pages. The authors are not trying to impress people with what they know; rather they want to impress people to know the Lord.

In many ways, reading this book is like going on an archeological dig. Each page uncovers pertinent and documented evidence on a variety of subjects. Discussions on the Shroud of Turin and the James ossuary take a look at the past, while examining the implications for the present. The successful elements in popular books like The Da Vinci Code and Beyond Belief are contrasted with Scriptural accuracy.

Some of the information that is presented here may be debatable in certain circles. If anything, this should encourage readers in further study, using the bibliography as a starting off point.

However, itís very clear that Crucified in the Media was not written to incite or inflame, but to inform readers. The authors are to be commended for doing just that. -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

The Son of God hits the headlines againó2,000 years since he last set foot on earth!

This isn't a phony heading on a tabloid magazine, it's the truth. Between Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and Elaine Pagels's Beyond Belief, the mediaís depictions of Jesus are extensive but varied. Because contradictions are plentiful, people everywhere are filled with questions. Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Was he married? Is he really the only way to God?

Crucified in the Media examines these modern interpretations as well as archaeological finds such as the Shroud of Turin and the James ossuary, and calls readers back to the historic Christ of the church. Whether youíre a reader who wonders about the mediaís contradictions surrounding Jesus or a ministry leader who seeks to correct the misinformation that is so widely portrayed by our culture, Crucified in the Media will help you discern fact from fiction and help you defend more historically accurate portrayals of Jesus.