The Bible Jesus Read

The Bible Jesus Read

by Philip Yancey
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The Bible Jesus Read by Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey has a way of confronting our most cherished but misguided notions about faith. In The Bible Jesus Read, he challenges the perception that the New Testament is all that matters and the Old Testament isn’t worth taking the time to read and understand. Yancey admits that, like many Christians, he usually avoided the Old Testament. After all, why bother with writings that can be so baffling, boring, even offensive to the modern mind? But a surprising discovery awaited Yancey when he began to explore how the Old Testament related to his life today. Those seemingly irrelevant Hebrew Scriptures took on a startling immediacy, portraying a passionate relationship between God and people against the broad backdrop of human experience. Like nothing else, the Old Testament depicts the cries, the complaints, the deep, insistent questionings of the heart, the stuff of life we all must contend with. With his candid, signature style, Yancey interacts with the Old Testament from the perspective of his own deeply personal journey. From Moses, the amazing prince of Egypt, to the psalmists’ turbulent emotions and the prophets’ oddball rantings, Yancey paints a picture of Israel’s God--and ours--that fills in the blanks of a solely New Testament vision of the Almighty. Probing some carefully selected Old Testament books--Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets--Yancey reveals how the Old Testament deals in astonishing depth and detail with the issues that trouble us most. The Old Testament in fact tackles what the New Testament often only skirts. But that shouldn’t surprise us. It is, after all, the Bible Jesus read. The Bible Jesus Read will give you abundant new insights into the heart of God the Father. And as you read with a fresh eye the prayers, poems, songs, and bedtime stories that Jesus so revered, you will gain a profound new understanding of Christ. "The more we comprehend the Old Testament," Yancey writes, "the more we comprehend Jesus."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310245667
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 207,299
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. He has written thirteen Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. Yancey lives with his wife in Colorado. Website:

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Bible Jesus Read 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yancey does it again, and this time on a subject near and dear to me: The Hebrew Cannon (AKA, the Old Testament, or TaNaK). Granted, it is not some great revelation into the theology of Jesus' day, but it was a good insight into how the TaNaK fits in with the B'rit Chadesha (New Testament), and even offers some attempt at bringing the two views of G-d together. Some people don't like the TaNaK because it deals with an angry G-d. To them, I suggest you read 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' by Jonathan Edwards (he was a pastor in the 1750's) and you'll see how recent this 'G-d is coated with sugar and wouldn't hurt a fly' theology is. Then, read Yancey again. Nothing he talks about is really all that easy to come to terms with, but, then again, neither was 'The Jesus I Never Knew' and it was still acclaimed. Perhaps it's the subject matter that trips people up. And because of that, I can't think of a reason not to read it.
tntcase12 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend who was having struggles with the necessity and relevance of the Old Testament in the lives of "New Testament saints." I read it in order to continue a dialog with her on this subject but was disappointed with it. Mr. Yancey covered five different books of the Old Testament and tried to show the relevance for today, but it was not as comprehensive as I expected and fell short of fulfilling his claim. I was especially disappointed with the chapter he devoted to the book of Deuteronomy and the "dramatization" of what Moses did and what his inner thoughts and motivations were. I recognize that there are some times when an author takes literary license to fill in the gaps of a historical story in order to round out the story, but Mr. Yancey goes beyond that and actually ascribes heart motivations and emotions to Moses that have no biblical foundation. In relaying the narrative of the story, he even states things that outright did not happen as he described and contradict Scripture when the true biblical account is read. It is one thing to take literary license when information is not in the original story description; it is quite another thing to blatantly change the true facts of a story from God's Word. I can understand when Hollywood does things like this, but I would expect someone who is a Christian and who has written other books on the Bible not to misquote/misrepresent what Scripture plainly states. I have recently begun reading a different book on this subject that I feel better covers the topic of the relevance of the Old Testament in light of the New Testament; it is called "Knowing Jesus Through The Old Testament" by Christopher J. H. Wright. I would recommend THIS book instead of the Phillip Yancey book.
VernonM More than 1 year ago
Tremendous book. Most instructive and inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not reader but this book kept my attention. Reading the books of the Bible that are explored in this is good also.
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