Philip Yancey reveals the real Jesus beyond the stereotypes, revolutionizing the reader's passion for Christ.
In The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey explores the life of Jesus, as he explains, "'from below,' to grasp as best I can what it must have been like to observe in person the extraordinary events unfolding in Galilee and Judea" as Jesus traveled and taught. Yancey examines three fundamental questions: who Jesus was, why he came, and what he left behind. Step by step, scene by scene, Yancey probes the culture into which Jesus was born and grew to adulthood; his character and mission; his teachings and miracles; his legacy--not just as history has told it, but as he himself intended it to be.
Yancey is not alone in his examination of the "real" Jesus. Publishing today is replete with writers committed to setting the story "straight,quot; joining countless others who, over the past 2,000 years, have determined to discover the truth about Jesus. But where others would deconstruct and discount, Yancey disarms and discloses. We become colleagues with him as he examines the accounts of the life of Jesus. And among the things that we discover is that Jesus himself leaves us few options: either he was who he said he was or he was nuts.
Philip Yancey was awarded the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year award for this book in 1996 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. It's not the first, nor the last, award Yancey has won for his writing. But the writing is not necessarily the great gift of this book. Yancey allows the reader to discover, along with him, The Jesus I Never Knew. --Patricia Klein --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is exactly the question Yancey asks in his new book The Jesus I Never Knew. Yancey's search for the real Jesus collides with the calm, cool, collected, and "loving hippie" notions of Jesus he saw in modern American culture. Instead, he finds a Galilean Jew born into apparent scandal making the most daring of claims: that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Light.
The Jesus I Never Knew developed out of a class Yancey led at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, but finding the real Jesus has been Yancey's passion since childhood.
Yancey saw Him as a cardboard cut-out in Sunday School and a "cosmic Christ" in Bible college. Today he sees a world that marks its calendar around Jesus' birth and uses His name to intensify a curse. (Wouldn't it be odd to center a calendar around Napoleon's birth or to scream "Thomas Jefferson" in a shocking situation?).
"And yet," says Yancey, "I am not writing a book about Jesus because he is a great man who changed history. I am not tempted to write about Julius Caesar or the Chinese emperor who built the great wall. I am drawn to Jesus, irresistibly, because he has positioned himself at the dividing point of life-my life."
The Jesus I Never Knew looks at who Jesus was, why he came, and what he left behind. More than historical speculation or doctrinal recitation, Yancey asks the questions out of a personal desire to truly know Jesus.
"The Jesus I Knew has to be the greatest book I've read on the subject." Mark O. Hatfield, U.S. Senator, Oregon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A simple way to refute this is two things, one is that God is not a God of time. So, therefore, He has always known what it was like to be human. The the accusing voices, well, that's when judgement went from being hinged on the law to grace. God didn't learn something knew or wake up, so to speak. What a sad thing image to proclaim to people reading this book.
Yancey makes no bones about the fact that he's Christian and has a Christian perspective. This book is not about currently-popular-but-difficult-to-prove-historically notions about Jesus (like: he had a wife, he had a child, etc.). This book is about getting to know Jesus more intimately by understanding his background, his Jewishness, his world.
Yancey is a superb writer, and brings up many ideas rarely discussed in the Christian world. I think every Christian will learn something from this book, and non-Christians can come closer to understanding who the Christ of Christianity is.
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The temptation in the desert reveals a profound difference between God's power and Satan's power. Satan has the power to coerce, to dazzle, to force obedience, to destroy....God's power, in contrast, is internal and noncoercive....As every parent and every lover knows, love can be rendered powerless if the beloved chooses to spurn it. pg76
Jesus did not mechanically follow a list of "Things I gotta do today,", and I doubt he would have appreciated our modern emphasis on punctuality and precise scheduling. He attended wedding feasts that lasted for days. He let himself get distracted by nobody he came across...Two of his most impressive miracles (raising of Lazarus and Jairus's daughter) took place because he arrived too late...Jesus was "the man for others,..He kept himself free - free for the other person. pg 89
As a child, I saw the miracles as guarantees of personal safety.....According to tradition, the eleven disciples who sruvived Judas all died martyrs' deaths...Faith is not an insurance policy...but rather give a secure base from which to face their consequences. pg 181
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This book is an attempt by the author to find the "real" Jesus. One would think that after 2,000 years of worshiping the man, he would be well known but the interest is greater today than ever. The Jesus Seminar with its scholars, archeologists, sociologists, linguists and historians have been trying to do the same thing for years. The problem here is that the author uses the New Testament as the basis for his studies. In one way that is entirely logical - they are the only writings that exist about Jesus. But one must assume that they are not only theologically but historically accurate in order to reach Yancey's conclusions. That means assuming that they were written for the purpose of history rather than theology and that has pretty well been discounted. It's like debating a skeptic by quoting Scripture.
We have a review of Christianity's past along with all the requisite apologies. Then for some reason we veer into the subject of AIDS and world hunger, etc... But the heart of the matter is what Yancey perceives as the "real" Jesus as found in the New Testament words attributed to him. It should be noted that "Jesus Christ" is not a proper name and many of our ideas about him evolved slowly, emerging only after pitched battles between different groups. Christianity almost remained a small, Orthodox, Jewish sect that believed that Jeshua was a very human Messiah who had come to set up an Earthly Kingdom and would return soon.
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Among the points Yancey covers include:
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