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Historical Jesus: Getting Started

Examines the life of Jesus of Nazareth and considers how much the historian is able to reconstruct the life of Jesus using the historical method.


This library research guide introduces one to different scholarly investigations pertaining to the historical Jesus, and acquaints one with the early evidence for Jesus, which includes the Gospels.

It will provide a number of useful resources. Use the tabs above to explore these resources.

  • Finding Books--search for print or electronic books, located in a library or online
  • Finding Articles--good places to start when searching for journal articles
  • Websites--links to websites that may provide supplementary material

Note: Many of the resources listed here are limited to use by members of  The University of St. Thomas community (faculty, staff and students). If you are using the Guide off-campus, it will ask for a brief login to identify yourself as a member of The University of St. Thomas community before you can use these resources.

Church Documents

The Redeemer of Man (Redemptor Hominis) Pope John Paul II's 1979 encyclical 

Jesus Christ in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, part 1

Jesus Christ in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, part 2

The Beauty of Christ, Model and Prototype of Christian Holiness From the document, “The Via Pulchritudinis: Privileged Pathway for Evangelisation and Dialogue,” by the Pontifical Council for Culture, 2006



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Betsy Polakowski
Cataloging / Serials Librarian

St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library

Off Campus Access


Online databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the UST Libraries are licensed for use by the St. Thomas community ONLY.  Because of this restriction, we need to verify that anyone accessing these databases is a current member of the St. Thomas community.