How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the Jesus we think we know so well? Bestselling author Philip Yancey conducts an enlightening biblical and historical investigation.
This honest book will help you discover a different Jesus from the flannelgraph Sunday school figure, the sweetly smiling Victorian Savior, and all the cultural clichés that have tamed Jesus and kept him in comfortable religious boxes.
Philip Yancey cuts through existing views and preconceptions of Jesus--citing opinions from church history, modern history, and popular culture; discussing how different people and cultures view Jesus; dissecting popular quotes about Jesus; and much more--and he offers a more accurate perspective by pointing us back to the Bible.
From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey presents a complex character who generates questions as well as answers, a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith.
The Jesus I Never Knew engages your heart, your mind, your emotions, and your senses, preparing you for a new, life-changing encounter with the real Jesus described in the Gospels.
Also available: The Jesus I Never Knew video curriculum, participant's guide, and study guide.
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The Jesus I Never Knew
I wish I had come across this book many years ago. Mr. Yancey has brought together in one book what has taken me years to come to understand about the true Jesus through repeated study of scripture and visits to Israel. He brings out the real Jesus easily refuting many myths of Jesus passed down through generations of church teachings and secular misunderstandings. I can’t say I agree with every portrayal of Biblical characters in this book but of the main issue, ie, Jesus, I believe he is right on. For example Judas seems to be described as a confused and misrepresented disciple who maybe just went bad as he saw that Jesus was not going to resist the Roman government and be THE Messiah he was expecting. But this ignores what John tells us in Ch 12:4-6. He clearly is reported as being a thief, stealing the common money of the group. This occurs 6 days before Jesus enters Jerusalem for the last time. But the stealing had been going on for some time according to John. However this is a minor error in my view from what Mr. Yancey was trying to accomplish in this well written book. Namely that Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh and essentially proved it with His life, death and resurrection.
Another thing I often see in literature about the true Jesus is what He gave up by coming into the world as a poor, weak baby in a backwoods time and place instead of coming in mighty power and riches into a ruling earthly family. But what He gave up by leaving the unconditional loving presence of His Father, complete adoration of the heavenly beings and command of the entire universe (to name only what I can only hope to imagine) to come to earth in ANY circumstance at all is beyond anything we can understand or comprehend. That is love above my wildest conception.
So very good!
One of those books that I'd like to buy a copy for every one I know. Helped me to understand Jesus and his great love for us.