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Reintroducing Jesus

Uncovering Jesus of Nazareth in the Misinformation Age

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Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

Whether atheist, Muslim, Mormon, evangelical, spiritual-but-not-religious, “other,” or “none,” everyone has an opinion about Jesus of Nazareth. For 2,000 years, people have been making some radically different claims about the most influential person in the history of the world. Today, in the internet age, it’s not getting any less confusing.


Was Jesus just a larger-than-life legend? Or a regular guy with family troubles? Was he liberal? Conservative? Schizophrenic? Was he a zealous revolutionary? God in the flesh? Or just a really nice guy like your hippy neighbor? 

Reintroducing Jesus was written for 16-year-old me, when I had a lot of questions nobody was answering; it’s written for 31-year-old me, when I was a new Christian fresh out of atheism with even more questions than before; and it’s written for my mother, who loves Jesus, but would never read a theology or apologetics book. 

While dismantling some well-known misrepresentations, Reintroducing Jesus: Uncovering Jesus of Nazareth in the Misinformation Age looks at the best historical information both inside and outside the Bible to reintroduce Jesus of Nazareth to a post-truth world full of noise.


"Regularly in our culture, people have remade Jesus into the person they want him to be—which most of the time bears little resemblance to the actual historical Jesus. This book offers a corrective. Steven clearly is familiar with the technical academic scholarship on these questions, but he is able to present the material in such a way that is simple—but not simplistic—and equally readable to a high school student or adult...

So, without reservation, I highly recommend this book for anyone working with youth of the high school or college level and, frankly, adults. In fact, I wish every Christian would read this clear and articulate book."

Dr. James Parker

Retired Professor of Worldview and Culture, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"[Reintroducing Jesus] offers a cleverly fresh introduction, or reintroduction, of Jesus through knocking down misconceptions that are often based upon false projections... It explores the identity of Jesus and how we can know this using both biblical and extra-biblical considerations. Winsomely and creatively, it dials in to who Jesus really was, and is, in ways that are illustrious, humorous, and at once, serious. The book is interesting and thought provoking for the non-religious, the curious, as well as the studious."


Dr. Corey Miller

President of Ratio Christi, international apologetics campus ministry

Author of In Search of the Good Life: Through the Eyes of Aristotle, Maimonides, and Aquinas 


"Steve masterfully weaves historic details about Christ’s life into this book that makes it an excellent, enjoyable read for the searching teenager, the challenging skeptic, and the well-read theologian. Steve’s theological insight and his lighthearted candor makes this an enjoyable, yet thought provoking, book that can serve as a text to a fascinating course or simply provide great insight for your study group."


Dr. James Smock

Head of School, Timothy Christian School, Piscataway, NJ

Ed.D. (Educational Leadership), Nova Southwestern University; M.A. (Counseling, Millersville State College); B.S. (Bible), Lancaster Bible College


"This book is a relevant and concrete foundation needed during a time when everything is in question.  Steven paints a compelling picture of who Jesus is and the life changing message that is portrayed.  Steven’s own journey is the outline for this incredible imagery of truth, passion and humor that captures the reader’s attention. I work with teenagers who are getting bombarded with apathy, questions, doubts, and why do I even care who God is. This book will be a useful guide to help the skeptics and doubters in a simple and clear presentation."


Rev. Nathan Karcesky,

Pastor of Youth, Princeton Alliance Church

Speaker and communicator to both students and adults


  • Preface

  • Intro - The Big Question

  • Chapter 1 -  Ruining Christmas

    • Do popular depictions of Jesus’ birth get it right?

  • Chapter 2 - Family Drama

    • Why didn’t Jesus’ own family follow his ministry?

  • Chapter 3 - Telephone Game Trauma

    • Hasn’t the New Testament changed over time?

  • Chapter 4 - Ready the Canon, Matey!

    • Did they get the right books in the New Testament? What about those other gospels?

  • Chapter 5 - Ancient Dead Dudes

    • Is Jesus just a myth or legend? What do ancient, non-Christian writers tell us about Jesus? 

  • Chapter 6 - The Absurdity of a Crucified God

    • Does the story of Jesus hold up to historical scrutiny? Why would the first Christians make this stuff up?

  • Chapter 7 - 3 Persons, 1 Nature, Many Confused People

    • How could Jesus possibly function as both a limited human and limitless God? Is the Trinity in the Bible? Does it make sense?

  • Chapter 8 - Good Man Vs. God-man

    • Did Jesus’ first followers really believe he was God—like, really?

  • Chapter 9 - God Complex, Literally

    • Did Jesus really believe he was God—like, really, really?

  • Chapter 10 - Spiritual But Not Religious

    • Was Jesus anti-religion? Was he tolerant of other faiths?

  • Chapter 11 - Politically Incorrect

    • Was Jesus progressive or conservative? Was he a radical revolutionary?

  • Chapter 12 - Hippy, Homeboy, or Housemate?

    • Was Jesus just a harmless, misunderstood guy? Was he a victim of Roman oppression?

  • Outro - What Another Empty Tomb Tells Us About Jesus

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