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The Bible Jesus Read

Why the Old Testament Matters

By Philip Yancey

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Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 December 2001
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."
EAN: 9780310245667
ISBN: 0310245664
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 centimeters (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Philip Yancey serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine. The author of twelve Gold Medallion Award-winning books and two Kip Jordan ECPA Books of the Year, he lives with his wife in Colorado. Philip Yancey es editor regional de la revista Christianity Today. Ha escrito once libros premiados con la medalla de oro, entre los que figuran: La Biblia que leyo Jesus y El don del dolor. Sus libros El Jesus que nunca conoci y Gracia divina vs. condena humana tambien recibieron premio como libro cristiano del ano. Ademas, es autor de Alcanzando al Dios invisible entre otros.

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An excellent book to read if you're wondering, "The Old Testament - Why Bother?" His introductory chapter "Is the Old Testament Worth the Effort?" is well worth reading.

One of the things I really appreciate about Yancey's wrting is his honesty, and the way he genuinely grapples with the difficult questions. His insights into the difficult books of Job and Ecclesiastes are wonderful; his writing on "Psalms: spirituality in Every Key" is moving; and his chapter on the prophets is insightful.

Yancey contends that this was Jesus's Bible: the prayers he prayed, the songs he sang, the poems he moemorized, the instruction he followed. He writes, "The more we comprehend the Old Testament, the more we comprehend Jesus."

An excellent book for those interested in adding to their understanding of the Old Testament.

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