Review: The Jesus I Never Knew

The Jesus I Never KnewThe Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Jesus I Never Knew is a good read, easy to read, and yet difficult as in doing so a picture of Jesus far from the icon of stained glass windows or the meek and mild child of Christmas carols is revealed. There was little in here that I hadn’t come across before, but it was good to see it all written in one place. Anyone interested in discovering more about this radical, driven, loving, gracious, inclusive, challenging figure would do well to give Philip Yancey’s book a read. In my view he successfully moves away from the tamed picture of Jesus sentimentalised by our 21st Century folk religion, and resits him in First Century Palestine and asks how would he have been seen then and understood by his contemporaries. The resulting picture is one that is compelling and very much relevant to our world today.

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