Who Is Jesus?

Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith

Who Is Jesus?

From the author of Discovering the Da Vinci Code, this new book is the result of a ten-year study that offers concrete evidence to reconcile the Jesus of history with the Christ of faith.

IS JESUS WHO HE SAID HE WAS? Some say he was just a man; others claim he was the Son of God. Historian Darrell Bock tests the authenticity of Jesus’ claims against the rules of history to find out if he truly is the Christ of Faith.

This reader-friendly book examines twelve events, sayings, and teachings of Jesus, using ten well-accepted historical rules. Pull up a chair, engage in the conversation, and discover how fascinating the discussion of the historical Jesus can be.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439190685 | 
  • September 2012
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Who Is Jesus? includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Dr. Darrell Bock. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Most people agree that a man named Jesus lived in the first century in the historical regions surrounding Jerusalem. But what about Jesus as one claimed to be the actual Son of God, the Savior of the World? Can anyone know the concrete truth about the Christ of faith? A significant way to crack the Jesus code, especially with those who have questions, Dr. Darrell Bock says, is to follow the rules—rules set not by the Church but by historians.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. Have you had conversations about Jesus with people you know? If so, have you generally taken the “skeptic” side or the “believer” side in those conversations?
2. Discuss the title Who Is Jesus? and how it relates to the contents of the book. If a friend posed that question to you, how would you answer him or her?
3. Were you familiar with the quest for the historical Jesus before reading this book? How did reading this book chan see more

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About the Author

Darrell L Bock
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Darrell L Bock

Darrell L. Bock is Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He also serves as Professor for Spiritual Development and Culture for the Seminary’s Center for Christian Leadership. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Breaking the Da Vinci Code. His special fields include the historical Jesus, gospel studies, and the integration of theology and culture. He is a graduate of the University of Texas (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and the University of Aberdeen (PhD).