The Apologetics of Jesus

A Caring Approach to Dealing with Doubters

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Jesus was the ultimate defender of the faith. Learn from his example how to give a valid defense of your beliefs.

Apologetics books abound, but how did Jesus defend the faith? The Apologetics of Jesus presents the Savior at his convincing best. The most tentative Christian--or belligerent skeptic--will find meaty arguments for the godhead of Christ through his parables, prophecies, and more. This hard-hitting resource shows how Christ led the curious to commitment.

In this original book, readers will find a new way of looking at the message and miracles of Christ and will be revived by the example of Christ's caring approach to dealing with doubters. Recommended for both laypeople and ministry leaders alike.


"There has been considerable debate over the years as to whether or not apologetics is biblical and, if it is, what method is most consistent with Scripture. In this delightful little book, Geisler and Zukeran get right to the heart of the matter and examine the apologetic teaching, methods, and practices of Jesus himself. Along the way, they present a rich study of the multifaceted nature of Jesus' use of apologetics. As a result, we are treated to a steady stream of practical application that we would all be wise to employ."--J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

"Geisler and Zukeran have written one of the most important books on apologetics. Few realize that apologetics was a key component in the ministry of Christ. Through this landmark work, you will understand in a new way the genius and power of the arguments Christ made in his teachings and his defense."--Josh D. McDowell, author and speaker

"The Apologetics of Jesus explores the perfect model of Christ's life to provide powerful examples of how to apply practical apologetics in today's postmodern culture. Thoroughly biblical and extremely practical, their words offer fresh discoveries and helpful information for anyone who desires to follow the ways of Jesus to share truth in everyday life."--John Ankerberg, host of The John Ankerberg Show

"A real marvel regarding apologetics texts is that Jesus' own methodology and techniques are addressed so seldom. Even more rarely are Jesus' dialogues, parables, and discourses analyzed for their apologetic value. This scarcity has now been remedied. Geisler and Zukeran address these and a host of other topics regarding Jesus' stance, filling the gaps not found elsewhere. The result is a delightfully readable volume that will assist the reader in broadening their own approach."--Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, department of philosophy and theology, Liberty University

"This unique, thought-provoking book demonstrates the rich variety of creative ways Jesus utilized apologetics during his ministry. By the time you finish the book, you'll be equipped to model the greatest Apologist who ever lived."--Ron Rhodes, president, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries

"What a brilliant idea! That Jesus himself should become our model for defending the faith! Since he spent his entire ministry giving a defense of who he was and why he came, we can quite naturally learn from how he himself did it! This book will give us strategic insight as to how we can also defend him in an age when the same objections are raised against him and his mission."--Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church, Chicago

The Authors

  1. Norman L. Geisler

    Norman L. Geisler

    Norman L. Geisler (1932-2019) taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and was distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He wrote nearly eighty books, including...

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  2. Patrick Zukeran

    Patrick Zukeran

    Patrick Zukeran (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; DMin, Southern Evangelical Seminary) is the founder and executive director of Evidence and Answers, a research and teaching ministry specializing in the defense of the Christian faith. He is the host of the...

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"This challenging book is part defense of the gospel and part primer in philosophical logic. Studying the life of Jesus from several perspectives, Geisler demonstrates how Jesus, in his life, his miracles and his teachings--indeed, in his very existence and claims to divinity--satisfies even the most stringent tests for philosophical wholeness and coherence. Jesus is presented as the ultimate apologist, as one who 'was familiar with and utilized all the basic laws of rational thought and reasoning processes.' This is quite a claim, and one that may not be evident from a simple reading of the gospels. But in the competent and skilled hands of Geisler and coauthor Zukeran . . . the thesis gains some credibility."--Publishers Weekly

"Apologist Geisler and researcher Zukeran . . . explore the premise that in Jesus' use of parables, dialogue, and discourse lies a perfect model for defending Christianity. Geisler has taught apologetics for 50 years and writes with authority. . . . However, readers will find the style of the book understandable and clear, which is especially helpful when answering doubters and skeptics. Recommended as a practical edition to a library."--Church Libraries