The Life of Jesus Further Reading - Essay

Erneset Renan

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Gaigalas, Vytas V. “The Church Bells Toll Against the ‘Antichrist’ (1863).” In Ernest Renan and His French Catholic Critics, pp. 33-60. North Quincy, Mass.: The Christopher Publishing House, 1972.

Describes how the French Catholic clergy responded to the publication of The Life of Jesus.

“Renan's “Vie de Jésus.” The Dublin Review (April 1864): 386-489.

Argues that The Life of Jesus is a detestable attack on Christian faith in the divinity of Jesus.

Schaff, Rev. Dr. The Romance of M. Renan and the Christ of the Gospels: Three Essays, New York: Carlton & Lanahan, 1868, 239 p.

Refutes the main arguments of The Life of Jesus, a work here described as “poison.”

Taylor, Isaac. “The Present Position of the Argument Concerning Christianity: Ernest Rénan.” In The Restoration of Belief, pp. 360-83. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1864.

Argues that The Life of Jesus is full of contradictions and factual misrepresentations and that Renan fails to understand the message of Jesus and the gospel writers.

Tulloch, John. Lectures on M. Renan's ‘Vie de Jésus.’ London: Macmillan and Co., 1864, 220 p.

Refutes Renan's arguments, critical method, and biographical portrait of Jesus.

Additional coverage of Renan's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Guide to French Literature, 1789 to the Present; Literature Resource Center; and Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 26