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The Bible Jesus Read

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,764 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
The Old Testament is God's biography, the story of his passionate encounters with people and also a prequel to the story of Jesus. This book explores the sometimes shocking and cryptic writings in an effort to know God better.
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published July 13th 1999)
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M Christopher
If you are one of those deprived Christians whose exposure to the Old Testament is severely limited, then this book is a must-read. Likewise if all of your OT knowledge involves an angry God looking for reasons to blast people or damn them for eternity. If, however, you grew up getting a healthy dose of Old Testament accompanied by interpretation that realized that "God So Loved the World" even back before Jesus, then... well, Yancey writes well.

Yancey's book is readable and even entertaining. H
Anne Hamilton
The title of the first chapter is a kind of sad indictment on a prevailing cultural attitude within Christianity: Is the Old Testament Worth the Effort?

Yancey describes his own movement into an appreciation of what the Hebrew Scriptures have to offer when his editorial assignment involved The Student Bible. He points out that ignorance of the Old Testament is widespread amongst Christians. In part, this volume seeks to remedy that situation: these after all were the Scriptures of the early Chur
Scott Taylor
Feb 13, 2011 Scott Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while, I need to be reminded of things. Reminded that its time to do the taxes. Reminded that the oven is turned on. Reminded that I promised to take out the trash. You get the idea. This book is a reminder of the significance and relevance of Old Testament.

The first chapter is entitled "Is the OT worth the effort?" A question I have related to, particular while slogging my way through sections of some of the histories. The OT is simply packed with information, and in many ways the sto
Sep 10, 2011 Coyle rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting meditation on the Old Testament (and it is a meditation, not a commentary or a scholarly analysis). Though I don't always agree with Yancey's conclusions, he tends to have an interesting way of stating long-familiar concepts.
One of the most interesting parts of the book are his arguments for why we should read the OT. He argues that the OT is:
1. Necessary to understanding the modern world;
2. Necessary to understanding the New Testment;
3. Necessary for apologetics;
Bee Lubis
Mar 29, 2016 Bee Lubis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-indonesia
Wikipedia defies a Christian as "a person who adheres to Christianity, a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the New Testament and interpreted by Christians to have been prophesied in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament".

I admit my self as a follower of Jesus Christ, but refused to be called as a Christian since people mostly placed Christianity just a religion and sometimes put Christ Himself out of the concept and context.

A friend of mine lent me
Matt Anderson
This isn't Yancey's strongest work, but it is still pretty good. Using the idea that the Old Testament is the Bible that Jesus read, Yancey explores different parts of the Old Testament.

The portions of the Old Testament that he discusses at length are:

-The Prophets
Philip Yancey is so thoroughly thoughtful as he examines themes and scriptures. The chapter on Job resonates with me. I feel I will have to go back to that again. I long for my faith to be strong, I want to say and mean, “Even if the Lord sees fit to kills me, I will still trust him.”

The chapter on Psalms made me very reflective on my prayer practices. I am naturally a bit of a score-keeper, somone who easily holds grudges. I need to take my negative emotions to God, pour them out to him, and fo
Nov 22, 2015 Cornelia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Yes yes, Philip Yancey is one of the first Christian authors I did not cringe while reading his books. Why? Because he didn't try to persuade me or something, he just exposed his faith and beliefs through stories, or things that have happened to him. And it made me think and reevaluate my perspective. This book provides a better understanding of Old Testament and its relation with New Testament.
Michael Morris
Jul 25, 2014 Michael Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Yancey's personable style is one element of this book that is makes The Bible Jesus Read a winner for me. Don't expect cold exegesis or hellfire ranting, but a friendly, honest exploration of a few of the (for him) troublesome books of the Hebrew Scriptures, a la Kathleen Norris (whom he quotes a few times). One should not expect theological ramblings, though the theology seems pretty solid to me. One of the cornerstones of Yancey's argument is that these books of the Bible are about differe ...more
Sep 06, 2007 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Philip Yancey book. He really brings the Old Testament to life for me. I enjoy having his insight, it'sn not a Bible study on the Old Testament. My favorite chapter is the one on Job's life, helping me to grasp what to do with suffering in the world.
Mary A
May 18, 2008 Mary A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Philip Yancey book but I certainly don't plan for it to be my last. He makes the Old Testament--The bible Jesus read--come alive! And I think I can actually enjoy and apply books like Deuteronomy, Job and Ecclesiastes.
Mar 30, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bible Jesus Read by Philip Yancey clarifies some things that I didn't even know needed clarifying for me.:) God's teaching me a lot about the Old Testament and Himself through it.
Aug 06, 2014 Brady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my fourth Philip Yancey book and I think this confirms he is one of my favorite authors. He has a writing style that is the perfect blend of interesting dialog, hard hitting truth, and accessibility. I find myself engaged and always learn a lot each time I pick up one of his books.

This book in particular was insightful in that it covered a wide range of topics from the Old Testament, culminating in how Jesus ties it all together. By focusing on Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, an
Sep 16, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it
Helpful look at a first century perspective on Old Testament scriptures.
Angel Sanchez
Dec 03, 2015 Angel Sanchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanna own one someday and read it again.
Brent Wilson
Apr 03, 2015 Brent Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Another winner from my favorite pop-Christian writer-

I have come to love the Hebrew Bible and couldn't imagine either Testament without the other.

Reflecting on the different sections (Wisdom, Law, Prophets, etc.), I can see how pluralism and complexity are intrinsically built into our sacred scripture.

God seems to telling us, the world is big and messy, our understanding limited - hence the need to keep looking, keep asking and listening and engaging in respectful dialogue. Such a blessing, to
diane clements
May 21, 2016 diane clements rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucid and compassionate

Yancey addresses the struggles Bible readers face in the Old Testament with candid honesty and the deep understanding of a scholar who has studied these books thoroughly. He brings the reader along with him in his experience of gaining greater understanding and vision. He does this all as a master teacher who cares deeply for people and who loves the Author of these Scriptures. I have never read anything more helpful for understanding the challenging parts of the Bible.
Eric Nelson
Mar 14, 2015 Eric Nelson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
When we read the Old Testament these are the prayers Jesus prayed, the poems he memorized, the songs he sang, the bedtime stories he heard as a child, the prophecies he pondered.[return]Old Testament is a testimonial letter of Christ, which he caused to be opened after his death and read and proclaimed everywhere through the Gospel Marin Luther[return][return][return]We often poke and prod the text so much we forget to just sit back and allow the text to read us.[return]Thats what Philip Yancey ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Majuchan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Majuchan by: Suslijah

It was given to me some years ago, but I have not finished reading it. Actually I just used it as a reference a guide when reading the bible especially the Old Testament. Then I just keep it on my cabinet for a long period of time.

Recently when I was rummaging for a booklet for my brother, (which I didn't found) I found this book and I told myself, why I don't give it a try. Actually I already forgot what the book was all about. I placed it on the bottom pile of my to-read books. Then one
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Het Oude Testament wordt door velen als ‘moeilijk’ ervaren. Wat moet een geestvervuld christen, vrij van slavernij en wet, levend onder de genade met offerrituelen, wetten, oorlogsverhalen, lastig uit te spreken namen? Philip Yancey’s De Bijbel die Jezus heeft gelezen nodigt uit tot herontdekken van het Oude Testament. Want, geef toe, noch Jezus, noch de apostelen beschikten over het Nieuwe Testament. Na een inleiding, neemt Yancey je mee langs een aantal van die moeilijke boeken: Job, Deuterono ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Toby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit, a long time ago, I read a Yancey book and decided that he was a fluffy, feel good, low substance Christian author that deserved to be sold on the shelves with the crappy Christian souvenirs rather than with solid thinkers like Zacharias and Moreland. While I still don't believe that he is a great apologist or academician, I now have to take back all those things I thought. This was one of his earlier books (his third?) and I think it is a major accomplishment. Read it as more of a ...more
Irina T
Feb 18, 2016 Irina T rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It's the book in which I think Yancey writes more on his own than quoting from other authors like in his other books, which I really appreciated. I appreciated his sincerity and his openness in sharing his own Old Testament reading experiences. His insights are very valuable and he does stir your interest and curiosity about reading the Old Testament with fresh eyes and an open heart. I highly recommend it!
May 16, 2013 Bobbettylou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book grabbed me because it asked - and answered - many of the questions I have about the Old Testament. When I finished reading through the OT last year, I asked, as Yancey did, "was it worth the effort," and, "is this the same God I see in the New Testament and especially in Jesus?" Yancey grew up as I did, surrounded by fundamentalist, dispensationalist, revivalist Christianity.

In the engaging style of the journalist who makes his living as a writer (Editor-at-large of Christianity Today)
Clara Roberts
Nov 26, 2013 Clara Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about the Old Testament. Yancy discusses Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets. Despite having read the O.T. many times, I find that Yancy brings fresh eyes to the ancient book. He reminds the reader that Job is really about a crisis of faith and not suffering. In Deuteronomy "Moses' life hads a single theme: God did it." Moses who was refused entrance to the Promise Land stood in the middle of the Promise land with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Most of ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping this would be an explanation of the New Testament from a first century Jewish perspective. It is rather Yancy's reflections on some of the more difficult Old Testament texts, that modern Christians tend to avoid or gloss over, explaining how these seemingly strange or foreign concepts are actually relevant to our contemporary Christian lives. The stuff that good sermons are made of. I especially enjoyed his chapters on Ecclesiastes and the Prophets, where he puts these writings in a ...more
Rendi Hahn
May 05, 2016 Rendi Hahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Philip Yancey always brings just the right mix of accessibility and hard questions to his writing projects, and this is no exception. He gives a great overview of the different genres of literature in the Old Testament, and he's not afraid to wrestle with some of the difficult/strange passages that can cause us heartburn. I always get the sense that he's right there with me and my questions, not just an outside observer but wondering as he writes. Very enjoyable.
Mar 28, 2016 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Philip Yancey book I have read. I like his writing because he makes you think about what you believe and why. Personally, I never really had trouble reading the Old Testament, but this book still made me think about it more than I usually do.
Feb 05, 2016 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very thorough look at the Old Testament as it was interpreted in Jesus time. It was enlightening to see the OT exposed in this way. Some Americanness to the book, but not too much to distract from the book.
Apr 06, 2014 Trailhoundz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed the audiobook version of this text from my local library. It was fantastic! Easy to understand, but it delved into some OT books that I wasn't familiar with. Very insightful, I highly recommend it.
Brent Soderstrum
Sep 13, 2008 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Phillip Yancey fan. This book covers Job, Pslams, Dueteronomy, Ecclesiastes and the prophets. I enjoyed his coverage of Eccleiastes and Job the most. He has covered the situation about when bad things happen to good people before in Disappointment With God and Where Is God When It Hurts? He handles this area very well in covering the book of Job. Eccleiastes was an unfamiliar book of the Old Testament for me and it was an interesting section. Basically it comes down to the fact that we ar ...more
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A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there as Editor and then Publisher. He looks on those years with gratitude, because teenagers are demanding readers, and writing for them taught him a lasting principle: ...more
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