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Person of Interest by J. Warner Wallace


Does Jesus still matter?

Detective J. Warner Wallace listened to a pastor talk about Jesus and wondered why anyone would think Jesus was a person of interest.

Wallace was skeptical of the Bible, but he’d investigated several “no-body, missing person” cases in which there was no crime scene, no physical evidence, and no victim’s body. He successfully identified and convicted the killers in these cases, even without evidence from the scene.

Could the historical life and actions of Jesus be investigated in the same way? Could the truth about Jesus be uncovered even without a body or a crime scene? In Person of Interest, Wallace describes his own personal investigative journey from atheism to Christianity, as he employs a unique investigative strategy to confirm the historicity and deity of Jesus—without relying on the New Testament manuscripts.

Join a cold-case detective as he uncovers the truth about Jesus, using the same approach he also employs to solve a real murder case.

Marvel at the way Jesus changed the world as you investigate why Jesus still matters today

Explore and learn how to respond to common objections to Christianity

Learn how to become a good detective using an innovative and unique “‘fuse’ and ‘fallout'” investigative strategy you can also use to examine other claims of history

Imagining a scenario in which every New Testament document has been destroyed, Wallace carefully sifts through the evidence from history alone to reconstruct the identity of Jesus as the world’s most important person of interest.


Creative, compelling, and fully illustrated, Person of Interest will strengthen the faith of believers, while engaging those who are skeptical and distrusting of the New Testament.


•  A 525 Slide Animated PowerPoint Presentation

• A Complete Set of 90 Printable Bible Inserts

• A Set of 8 Presentation Videos with Examples of J. Warner Presenting the Material

• A Video for Teachers: “How to Study Person of Interest in a Group”




    “Hands down, Jesus is the most explosive figure ever to step into history. But with the Gospel accounts under more scrutiny than ever, my friend J. Warner Wallace crafts an original defense for the claims of Christ, applying the unique set of skills he picked up as a detective. In Person of Interest, J. Warner not only wields his investigative wit but his narrative expertise. You’ll be glad you came along for this case!”

    Greg Laurie

    Senior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship and author of Billy Graham: The Man I Knew
    “In this innovative new book, America’s foremost cold-case detective uses his astute mind and sharp investigative skills to explore the evidence for Jesus outside the Bible and why he remains so relevant even in our increasingly skeptical culture. This is a creative and eye-opening work that carves a unique niche. You’ll be captivated as Jim takes you on a thrilling journey of discovery into the most influential individual ever to walk the earth. Just as criminals can’t escape Jim’s pursuit when he tackles the most difficult cases, truth can’t hide from his investigative acumen. Follow the clues and emerge encouraged!”

    Lee Strobel

    best-selling author and founder of the Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University
    “What explosive event split world history in two? What single individual had such an unparalleled, thoroughgoing, and decisive impact on virtually every area of modern culture—literature, architecture, music, the arts, higher education, world literacy, even science—that he remains, irrevocably, the one man who cannot be erased from history, even if every ancient manuscript detailing his life disappeared from existence? J. Warner Wallace answers those questions, taking the reader—once again—on a fascinating journey of first-class detective work applied to the remarkable influence of Jesus of Nazareth. His approach to the question of the historical Jesus is absolutely original and unique, and the results are spectacular. The stunning conclusion of this master cold-case homicide detective’s meticulous research, analysis, and deliberation will leave Christians delighted and skeptics devastated. Person of Interest is a decisive vindication of the confidence placed in the accuracy of the Gospels and pounds the final nail in the coffin of Jesus mythicists. Wallace’s Person of Interest is an eye-opener. It forcefully fortified my own convictions about Jesus and will certainly do the same for many others.”

    Gregory Koukl

    president of Stand to Reason (, author of Tactics and The Story of Reality
    “Jesus changed my life forever, but I’m not the only one who was transformed by the Son of God. Person of Interest will help you understand why Jesus can change your life just as He changed mine – and just as He changed all of human history.”

    Darryl Strawberry

    legendary baseball player and author of Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life
    “Because of my background – the many arrests and trials I experienced – evidence is of major interest to me in proving anything to be real and believable. If you think Jesus is irrelevant, you’re wrong. Read Person of Interest and allow Jesus to change your life the way He changed mine.”

    Michael Franzese

    former New York mobster and caporegime of the Colombo crime family, and author of Blood Covenant: The Story of the ``Mafia Prince`` Who Publicly Quit the Mob and Lived
    “J Warner Wallace has one of the sharpest minds I know. I read everything he writes.”

    Rick Warren

    Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life
    “J. Warner Wallace has combined an impressive depth of research with his sharp detective skills to answer this question from a unique and interesting perspective. This is not your typical apologetics book!”

    Alisa Childers

    author of Another Gospel: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity, and host of the Alisa Childers Podcast
    “J. Warner Wallace is the most creative and intrepid detective I’ve ever met. In Person of Interest, he cleverly intertwines the story of a highly challenging crime he cracked as a parallel to his own personal quest. Skillfully uncovering clues, connecting the dots, Wallace makes the case to himself that being a true believer is his true calling.”

    Robert Dean

    Producer NBC News Dateline
    “Person of Interest is a brilliant book. I’ve been studying the historical Jesus for decades, and Detective Wallace made some fresh insights I had not thought of before. I could not recommend this book more highly.”

    Sean McDowell

    Ph.D., Biola University Professor, Speaker, and author of Chasing Love: Sex, Love, and Relationships in a Confused Culture
    “J. Warner Wallace turns his vast investigative skills on history’s all-time, #1 Person of Interest. Bring your doubts, bring your skepticism – but if you bring them in open-minded honesty… be prepared to render a shocking verdict.”

    Scott Hanson

    Host of NFL RedZone


    This is the first session in our unique video study for Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World That Rejects the Bible. You can purchase the series using the links below.

    Concrete and compelling in its approach, the Person of Interest Video Study will strengthen the faith of believers and engage those curious about Jesus with evidence for his one-of-a-kind, world-altering significance.