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Bible Jesus Read [Paperback]

By Philip Yancey (Author)
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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.

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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.""

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2002
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310245664  
ISBN13  9780310245667  
UPC  025986245665  

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Philip Yancey

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:

Philip Yancey currently resides in the state of Colorado. Philip Yancey was born in 1949.

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How enlightened?  Aug 25, 2008
Please consider the following quote this book by Yancey when you start to read the book...

“If we had only the Gospels, we would envision a God who seems confined, all-too-human, and rather weak --- after all, Jesus ended up hanging on a cross."

Jesus on the cross was rather weak? I will let scripture rightly divide Yancey's comment:

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Romans 1:16-18
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

1 Corinthians 1:23-25 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1Th 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
Asks Really Hard Questions About God  Mar 17, 2007
This guy is pretty amazing. He asks really tough questions of God. He doesn't approach God from an "evangelical, everything is wonderful in Jesus" approach. Instead it's "Life is hard and it has no good answers sometimes". These are the questions I would ask if I were honest enough with myself and God

He then comes up with some pretty incredible insights. His approach seems to be that our doubts and problems are not too big for God. It's just that God's ways are not our ways a lot of times.

One side note is that he tends to offend so called "religious" people. The only way to God is through Christ period. This is at the core of what he talks about. This book does not talk about good people going to heaven. It talks about people who have given their lives to Christ going to heaven. These can be two very different things and that can bug people at times
The Book I Read About the Bible Jesus Read  Dec 10, 2006
An excellent writer, Yancey puts together a challenging, informative look at the Old Testament. The book covers Job, Psalms, Deuteronomy, Ecclesiastes and the Prophets. Like Yancey's other books, this one delves into the intellectual struggles that Christians have with God and His word, the Bible. It is obvious that the author has spent incredible time and thought into these "problems" facing Christians and even the credibility of Christianity. And though these struggles are namely intellectual, rarely do they exclude the emotions as the Old Testament reveals. Job, like us, didn't understand why he was suffering. He didn't understand why bad things happen to good people and vice versa. Certainly a loving, caring God wouldn't allow his children to go through such trials and hardships. Yancey doesn't offer any hard and fast answers, but does a great job of showing how these struggles are common to even Old Testament heroes, and in the end we need to rest in God's goodness. God allowed the hardship in Job's life to prove his faith; essentially God was showing Job off.

In the other chapters of the book, Yancey discusses similar issues to those faced in the book of Job. The last chapter recaps the book and offers a philosophical answer to all the "why" questions that crop up in our faith as Christians, the answer lies in the redeemer of the world, who hasn't yet redeemed this earth completely yet. Our final answer to life should be the cry of Job, who like us, didn't have a lot of answers to the tough questions. This was his cry, "I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the end he will stand on this earth."

Yancey is a great author in many ways, but I especially appreciate his humility and realness in his writing. He doesn't ever settle for clichés which regularly pepper Christian writing. He isn't out to make himself the hero of every example and story, and often he does the opposite, he makes himself the goat of his stories. Also characteristic of Yancey's writing is strict adherence to the Scriptures. This book especially shows the value the author puts on the authority of God's Word and the importance of using the Bible in life.
O.T. Excerpts &Studies  Jul 2, 2006
I found this book; "The Bible Jesus Read" by Philip Yancey to be an enlightening & insightful interpretative study of the books of Job, Deuteronomy, Prophets, Ecclesiastes & Psalms. Yancy gives history & meaning to make these O.T.favorites relevant and deeply profound. I found it gave me a renewed interest in the O.T. and an instantaneous connection; meaningful for anyone desiring to enrich their New & O. T. studies. It is abundant in the many messages that we yearn for. I'm so glad one of our participants suggested this book.
How Do You Tell A False Teacher?  May 26, 2006
A true Christian teacher teaches the principles of the Holy Bible -- both the good and the bad. False teachers teach only what people want to hear. Yancey is like a false teacher. He doesn't want to teach anything that makes people uncomfortable -- such as the Holy God of the Bible ordered King Saul to annihilate all the Amalekits -- women, children, disabled included! This is our God! The God of the Bible we worship. If anyone has problem with the genocidal God of the Bible whom we worship as our God, then he can go to Hell. He will go to Hell because he doesn't believe in the God of the Bible who ordered King Saul to kill women, children, and the disabled.
Inaccurate  May 23, 2006
Yancey's problem is that he follows fads. It's like in the movie, Good Will Hunting. Most of the people studying an issue will follow the latest fad. That's what Yancey does. The title, "The Bible That Jesus Read", insults Jesus Christ, who is God -- the Second Person in the Holy Trinity. The Old Testament and the New Testament clearly teach the Holy Trinity. Gospel of John chpater 1 shows all Three Persons of the Holy Triity operating. It is because people like Yancey has taken the helm of Christianity -- he is the editor of Christianity Today -- that America's Christianity is in grave trouble. Ordaining homosexuals? What do you think about that Yancey? Is that a part of the "Bible that Jesus Read"? Ridiculous!!

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