List of books about Jesus

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This is a bibliography of works with information or interpretations of the life and teachings of Jesus.

Jesus of Nazareth (/ˈzəs/; 7–2 BC/BCE to 30–36 AD/CE), commonly referred to as Jesus Christ or simply as Jesus or Christ, is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christian denominations venerate him as God the Son incarnated and believe that he rose from the dead after being crucified.[1][2] The principal sources of information regarding Jesus are the four canonical gospels.[3]



  • Bauer, Bruno. (1809–1882) An English edition of Bruno Bauer's 1843 Christianity exposed: a recollection of the Eighteenth century and a contribution to the crisis of the Nineteenth century (Lewiston; Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, c 2002).
  • Brandes, Georg. Jesus: A Myth (trans. Edwin Björkman; New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1926).
  • Doherty, Earl. The Jesus Puzzle. Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ?: Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus (ISBN 0-9686014-0-5).
  • Drews, Arthur. The Christ-Myth (London and Leipsic: T. Fisher Unwin, 1909)
  • Dupuis, Charles François. The Origin of All Religious Worship (New York: Garland, 1984). Originally published in 1798.
  • Freke, Timothy and Gandy, Peter. The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God? (London: Thorsons, 1999).
  • Freke, Timothy and Gandy, Peter. The Gospel of the Second Coming (London: Hay House, 2007).
  • Harpur, Tom. The Pagan Christ: recovering the lost light (ISBN 0-88762-145-7).
  • Hinnels, John R. (editor). Mithraic Studies: Proceedings of the First International Congress of Mithraic Studies (Manchester University Press, 1975).
  • Kalthoff, Albert. The Rise of Christianity (London: Watts & Co, 1907).
  • Leidner, Harold. The Fabrication of the Christ Myth (Survey Press, 2000).
  • Price, Robert McNair. Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition? (ISBN 1-59102-121-9).
  • John Eleazer Remsberg (sometimes spelled Remsburg). The Christ: A Critical Review and Analysis of the Evidence of His Existence (New York: The Truth Seeker Company, 1909).
  • Rieser, Max. The True Founder of Christianity and the Hellenistic Philosophy (Amsterdam and Uithoorn: Graduate Press, 1979).
  • Robertson, John Mackinnon, Right Hon. The Jesus Problem: a restatement of the myth theory (London: Watts & Co., 1917).
  • Strauss, David Friedrich. A new Life of Jesus, written for the use of the German People (London, 1865). Originally published in 2 volumes in 1865.
  • Strauss, David Friedrich. The Christ of faith and the Jesus of history: a critique of Schleiermacher's Life of Jesus (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, c 1977). Originally published in 1865.
  • Volney, Constantin-François. The Ruins, or a Survey of the Revolutions of Empires (New York: Davis, 1796). Originally published in 1791.
  • Wells, George Albert. The Jesus of the Early Christians, a study of Christian Origins (Pemberton Books, 1971).
  • Wells, George Albert. Did Jesus Exist? (Elek, London; 1975).
  • Wells, George Albert. The Historical Evidence for Jesus (Prometheus Books; 1982).
  • Wells, George Albert. Who Was Jesus? A Critique of the New Testament Record (Open Court Publishing Company; 1989).
  • Wells, George Albert. The Jesus Legend (Open Court, Chicago, c.1996).
  • Wells, George Albert. The Jesus Myth (Open Court Publishing Company; 1998).

Controversial books on Jesus Christ[edit]

  • Akers, Keith. The Lost Religion of Jesus (ISBN 1-930051-26-3).
  • Allegro, John Marco. The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1970).
  • Andrews, Richard and Schellenberger, Paul. The Tomb of God: The Body of Jesus and the Solution to a 2,000-Year-Old Mystery (London: Little, Brown; 1996).
  • Baigent, Michael, Leigh, Richard and Lincoln, Henry. The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (Jonathan Cape; 1982).
  • Baigent, Michael, Leigh, Richard and Lincoln, Henry. The Messianic Legacy (Jonathan Cape; 1986).
  • Baigent, Michael. The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-up in History (Harper, San Francisco, 2006).
  • Browne, Sylvia. The Mystical Life of Jesus: An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ (London: Piatkus; 2006).
  • Browne, Sylvia. The Two Marys: The Hidden History of the Mother and Wife of Jesus (London: Piatkus; 2007).
  • Carotta, Francesco. Jesus was Caesar. On the Julian Origin of Christianity. An Investigative Report (Soesterberg: Aspekt B V Uitgeverij; 2005). ISBN 90-5911-396-9
  • Caruana, Laurence. The Hidden Passion: A Novel of the Gnostic Christ, Based on the Nag Hammadi Texts (Recluse Publishing; 2007). ISBN 978-0978263706.
  • Cupitt, Don and Peter Armstrong. Who was Jesus? (London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1977).
  • Davenport, Guy and Urrutia, Benjamin. The Logia of Yeshua: The Sayings of Jesus (ISBN 1-887178-70-8).
  • Dobson, C. C. (1936) Did Our Lord Visit Britain as they say in Cornwall and Somerset? (Glastonbury: Avalon Press)
  • Faber-Kaiser, Andreas. Jesus died in Kashmir: Jesus, Moses and the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel (London: Gordon and Cremonesi; 1977).
  • Funk, Robert W. The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say? The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus.
  • Gardner, Laurence. Bloodline of the Holy Grail – The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed (Shaftesbury: Element; 1996).
  • Gardner, Laurence. The Magdalene Legacy. The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy, Revelations Beyond The Da Vinci Code (London: HarperElement; 2005).
  • Gardner, Laurence. The Grail Enigma: The Hidden Heirs of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (London: HarperElement; 2008).
  • Gibran, Kahlil. Jesus, The Son of Man, (1928).
  • Graves, Robert, and Podro, Joshua. The Nazarene Gospel Restored (London: Cassell & Co., 1953).
  • Graves, Robert. Jesus in Rome. A historical conjecture (Cassell & Co., London, 1957).
  • Hassnain, Fida. A Search for the Historical Jesus (Gateway Books, 1994).
  • Jacobovici, Simcha and Pellegrino, Charles (Foreword by James Cameron). The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence That Could Change History (HarperOne; 2007).
  • Joyce, Donovan. The Jesus Scroll: a time bomb for Christianity? (Angus & Robertson, 1973).
  • Kazantzakis, Nikos. The Last Temptation of Christ, (1953).
  • Laidler, Keith. The Head of God – The Lost Treasure of the Templars (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1998).
  • Dowling, Levi H.. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. The philosophic and practical basis of the religion of the aquarian age of the world and of the church universal. Transcribed from the book of God's remembrances, known as the Akashic records, by Levi (L. N. Fowler & Co., London; Chicago [printed], 1911). First published in 1908.
  • Ki Longfellow. The Secret Magdalene. A gnostic view of his relationship with Mary Magdalene as well as his ministry. (Random House, 2007)
  • McLaren, Brian. The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything, (W Publishing Group, 2006).
  • Mitchell, Stephen. The Gospel According to Jesus: A New Translation and Guide to his Essential Teaching for Believers and Unbelievers, (HarperCollins, 1991, hardcover, ISBN 0-06-016641-X; trsde paperback 0-06-092321-0).
  • Montgomery, Hugh. The God-Kings of Europe: The Descendents of Jesus Traced Through the Odonic and Davidic Dynasties (Book Tree, US; 2006).
  • Notovitch, Nicolas. The Unknown Life of Jesus (BiblioBazaar, LLC; 2007). First Published in 1895.
  • Picknett, Lynn and Prince, Clive. The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ (London: Bantam; 1997).
  • Prophet, Elizabeth Clare. The Lost Years of Jesus: Documentary Evidence of Jesus' 17-Year Journey to the East (Livingston. Mont.: Summit University Press; 1984).
  • Pullman, Philip. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, (Canongate Books; 2010).
  • Roberts, Michèle. The Wild Girl (Routledge; 1984).
  • Schaberg, Jane. Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives
  • Schonfield, Hugh Joseph. The Passover Plot. New Light on the History of Jesus (Hutchinson, London; 1965).
  • Shanks, Hershel, and Witherington III, Ben. The Brother of Jesus: The Dramatic Story & Meaning of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus & His Family (Harper: San Francisco, 2004).
  • Smith, Morton Jesus the Magician (Harper & Row; 1977).
  • Spong, John Shelby. Resurrection: Myth or Reality? A Bishop's Search for the Origins of Christianity (Aquila; 1994).
  • Swanson, Vern G. Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism's Sacred Bloodline (Cedar Fort; 2006).
  • Tabor, James D. The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity (Simon & Schuster; 2006).
  • Thiering, Barbara. Jesus The Man: A New Interpretation From the Dead Sea Scrolls, decoding the real story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (London: Doubleday; 1992).
  • Thiering, Barbara. Jesus & the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Unlocking the Secrets of His Life Story (Toronto: Doubleday Canada; 1992).
  • Thiering, Barbara. Jesus of the Apocalypse: The Life of Jesus After the Crucifixion (Sydney; London: Doubleday; 1996).
  • Thiering, Barbara. The Book That Jesus Wrote: John's Gospel (London: Corgi; 1998).
  • Urantia Foundation (Chicago). The Urantia Book (Chicago: Urantia Foundation; 1955).[5]
  • Verhoeven, Paul. Jesus of Nazareth: A Realistic Portrait (publishing house J.M. Meulenhoff, 2008)[6]
  • Wallace-Murphy, Tim; Hopkins, Marilyn and Simmans, Graham. Rex Deus: The True Mystery of Rennes-le-Château And The Dynasty of Jesus (Shaftesbury: Element; 2000).
  • Wallace-Murphy, Tim and Hopkins, Marilyn. Custodians Of Truth: The Continuance Of Rex Deus (York Beach, Me.: Weiser; Enfield: Airlift [distributor], 2005).
  • Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Second Coming of Christ (ISBN 0-87612-555-0).

Jesus as Different from Paul the Apostle[edit]

  • Maccoby, Hyam, The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity (New York: Harper & Row, 1986).
  • Wilson, Barrie A. How Jesus Became Christian (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008; Toronto: Random House, 2008).

See also[edit]

The Four in One Gospel of Jesus


  1. ^ Newbigin (1989) p. 66 "the whole of Christian teaching would fall to the ground if it were the case that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus were not events in real history but stories told to illustrate truths which are valid apart from these happenings."
  2. ^ Grudem (1994) pp. 568–603
  3. ^ Funk, Robert W.; Seminar, Jesus (1998). Introduction. The acts of Jesus: the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco). pp. 1–40. ISBN 978-0-06-062978-6. 
  4. ^ Kasper, Walter (1976). Jesus the Christ. New Jersey: Paulist Press. p. 289. ISBN 0-8091-2081-X. 
  5. ^ Available online: The Urantia Book
  6. ^ Director of "Basic Instinct" writes Jesus biography[dead link]