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Jesus the Christ

4.65 of 5 stars 4.65  ·  rating details  ·  15,003 ratings  ·  897 reviews

First published in 1915, Jesus the Christ is the classic Latter-day Saint presentation of the life and ministry of the Savior. Elder Marion G. Romney said, "One who gets the understanding, the vision, and the spirit of the resurrected Lord through a careful study of the text Jesus the Christ by Elder James E. Talmage will find that he has greatly increased his moving faith

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Hardcover, 747 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Shadow Mountain (first published 1915)
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Josh
Dec 13, 2012 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any LDS member and any one wanting to deeply understand the LDS ideology of Jesus the Christ.
Recommended to Josh by: My Father
Jesus the Christ is based on the doctrines, ideology and tenets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or the Mormons. It is a critical study and biography of the life of Christ from his pre-mortal existence, through his continuing mortal ministry, and into his role at the end of days.

This book is like the Book of Mormon, another testament that the LDS church is a Christ-based, Christian church. If in doubt, seek it out, and decide for yourself. Parts may be unfamiliar to mai
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Karey
A friend from a faith other than my own gave me this book in 1983 before I left to do volunteer service. Jesus the Christ is the most complete compendium (that I know of) of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament. John the Baptist, Herod Antipus, and virtually any subject you would want to study about New Testament subjects is found in this marvelous book.
Jerk
I am amazed at how intricate and powerfully written this book is. This book is the summation of intense work by a very meticulously educated man. The bible does not really contain a lot of historical background within itself. This book gives readers a wealth of historical background and sound context for reading the New Testament. From the tone of the author this is also a very emotionally written book. I have never seen anything quite like it.

There are two ways to read this book. You can read i
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Becky
Absolutely wonderful. It took me seven months to finish Jesus the Christ, but I almost wish that it had taken longer… it’s been a very spiritual experience listening to this book everyday, and I’m going to miss it.

I’m not going to list for you the multiple fascinating things that I learned about Jesus Christ… it would take too long, and honestly, it’s just something you have to experience for yourself. I’m nowhere near eloquent enough to do it justice.

Suffice to say, besides gaining a greater
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Tami
I initially started reading this for a project in college, but never got past chapter 5. I am so glad I finally completed my challenge to myself years ago to read this!

While the language takes a bit getting used to (maybe not for others, but for me), I really enjoyed the in-depth study of the Savior's life and His experiences and teachings in the New Testament. The scripture "feast on the words of Christ" really came to mind as I thirsted and feasted on these chapters every morning. I also think
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John
I read this for the first time on my mission--and just in time, because even though I had studied the gospels in Seminary, this book lays out so clearly the complete life and ministry of the Savior.

The best part is the footnotes--just knowing the little details makes the life of the Savior that much more real and close, like you were there. So many things about Nazareth and Judea sounded like Paraguay to me that on a long walk through strange places (15 miles a day sometimes) I could look aroun
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Sarah
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I learned so much. I can see that I will want to re-read this again in the future because there is so much great information but I couldn't retain it all! I was always intimidated by this book and have heard (and even still having read it) people say, Oh, that is some deep stuff, hard to get through. If I can read it and gleen so much from it, anyone can! The first bit is hard and a little confusing and I can see how people will give up, but keep going and you really le ...more
Von Sowards
This has to be one of the most complex and wordy book I have ever read. In order to finish this book I had to listen to the audio narration while reading the printed text, stopping several times to re-read a passage of to simply ponder the beauty and devinity of the life of our savior. Talmage in his strong scriptural experience was able to point out simple passages that tied into so many other things. It was amazing.

This book is very properly named because ever word in it is not just a testimon
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Arthur
Rather than write an in depth review of Jesus the Christ, I’ll just explain why I only gave it one star not five.

First, I’m a little picky about the books that I read and because I’m useually reading at least six at once I tend to not complete the ones that I wouldn’t reccomend. In my ratings one star means that if you are thinking about reading it then go a head I think that’s a fine idea, but if you are coming to me for recomendations I’ve got other priorities for your reading list.

This is th
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Monica Johnson
Getting ready to reread this amazing book. It's been 13 years, and I believe I can get more insight during the 2nd reading. Update! I just finished. It took me 18 months to complete, but I took the time to really absorb. It was worth it, Talmage is mind boggling with the amount of knowledge he placed in the pages. This book is one of the best scriptorial resources.
Maren
Finally finished! Did I learn something? Yes. Was it hard to understand? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes. Will I ever read it again? No.
Ruth
I love the meatiness of this book. Very satisfying.
Aaron
This is a wonderful, life-changing book that every fervent member of the LDS church should read. Yes, the style is ornate (and sometimes dated). Yes, the vocabulary is occasionally tough (and, again, dated). Yes, there are some things that need to be updated (for example, a reference to President Joseph F. Smith's revelation -- now found in Doctrine & Covenants Section 138 -- regarding Christ's work in the spirit world between his death and resurrection is seriously needed). But these minor ...more
Dave
I would normally give this book a higher score, but the preponderance of glowing reviews leaves me with an overpowering urge to temper the average. A well-known anecdote in the LDS world claims that a visiting general authority piled a table with popular scriptural commentaries, discussing their different merits, before abruptly flinging them all to the ground with a sweep of his arm and replacing them with the Standard Works...and Talmage.

In popular Mormon culture this book straddles the line t
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Anita
Seldom do I take a year to read a book. In this case, I am glad I did. As part of a study group we undertook a chapter a week to read, study, and discuss; I would recommend this to everyone attempting a serious study of the book. It is not a read cover-to-cover type book. It would be more correctly classified as a textbook, meant to be taken in in small doses, contemplated, and then moving on.
Yes, his vocabulary is challenging. His sentences are long, complex, and semi-colon ridden (and correct
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Kay
My husband and I finished reading this book together about a month ago. I’ve tried many times to write a review of it’s 700+pages, plus extensive footnotes. I had read it once before. We weren’t exactly on the fast track in reading it as it took us about 1 ½ years to read all 700+ pages, including every footnote. How does one review a book of this magnitude and content? It’s impossible. At least I’m finding it to be impossible. I’ve come to the conclusion that only a slick, on the surface revie ...more
Julenew
I majored in Classical Greek in college so I could read the New Testament in the closest language we have to the original. I came away from the experience with a B.A. and with SO MANY insights that I couldn't *wait* to share with my friends.

What, then, was my delight to discover as I read "Jesus the Christ" by Talmage that EACH TIME he would come to one of those spots where I felt my studies had given me exceptional enlightenment, EVERY TIME he would pause in his narrative to explain the very po
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Jill
I've read this book two times before on my own, and just finished it again; this time reading it aloud with my husband each night. My love for the Savior increases each and every time I read it. This is a book that everyone should read if they have a desire to draw closer to Jesus Christ and develop a deeper, more personal relationship with Him.
Laurie
It has been an ambition of mine for as long as I can remember to read this book. I am proud to say I have done it! At first I thought I couldn't do it, it was too hard to understand, however, I persevered and after several pages (many several) I was ok...
I cannot express how glad I am to have accomplished this, it felt like I had just finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. There is no doubt in my mind that this is an inspired writing. This is not a warm fuzzy read about the Savi
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Annika Paxman
This book was absolutely, and thoroughly fascinating,captivating, and above all, spiritually moving! Talmage takes the reader deeply into the life of the Savior. Continually drawing upon both scriptural and historical references, he creates a clearer vision of culture, polictics, and religion throughout Jerusalem and its surrounding region. Adequately discussing Roman rule, Hebrew law, and the practices of Judaism of the time brings a whole new level of understanding and perspective to His life ...more
Kelly
At the beginning of this book, It was really hard to get into. I found myself having to read outloud just so that I could comprehend what I just read. I don't know if it got easier or if I started understanding the wriTing style, but it really got better. This book was very informative for me. I learned so much that I really didn't know. At the end, I found myself so sad that it was over. I was at a loss and just wanted to learn more. It has been my constant daily reading companion for quite som ...more
Caleb Ausbury
This was written in response to the rise of biblical criticism which became increasing accepted in academia in the 19th century. Scholars began attempting to reconstruct the historical Jesus in light of critical historical approaches to the bible, factoring in doubt in the claimed authorship of the gospels, as well as the unlikelihood of certain events described in them, such as the census which brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, as described in Luke. Jesus's miracles were also taken as mythi ...more
Jessica
Incredible book about the Savior. I did not know before I started how much I would learn about Christ and his life and mission. I did not know how rich of doctrine it contained and had I known that I would have read it side by side with my scriptures and a pen! I feel that I will comprehend the scriptures much more if/when I do that. Talmage is a beautiful writer with a large vocabulary. Every sentence is thought out and written with meaning. Every word is exactly the word he is looking for. I d ...more
Cam
We have been reading this together as a Relief Society this year. We have a celebration coming up in September and I'm glad I was able to finish in time. Even though I took my time reading, I still feel like there are so many things that are hard for me to grasp and remember, but I did learn along the way {just don't quiz me!} Especially loved the notes at the end of each chapter. Reading about his life and ministry is a great way to feel closer to the Savior.
Jolee B
12 1/2 years after initially starting, I finally finished this book! I can't hardly believe it. It was really an amazing book, but it was ridiculously deep at parts and I could only read a few pages at a time (especially without falling asleep). I would totally recommend reading the chapters on the final days of Christ's mortal ministry through the resurrection. Superb illustration of Christ's atonement. Maybe I'll try to read it again someday.
Becca
I feel bad giving this less than 5 stars, because it's such a revered classic in LDS culture. I don't really take fault with too much (though I could definitely do without his referring to the non-Mormon world as "savage" and "heathen."). Mostly, I felt like Talmage was judging the peripheral figures a little too harshly, though I really appreciated his assessment of Pilate. In the end, after all the hype, it just didn't live up to my expectations.

I was hoping for a book of unrivaled testimony m
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Mr49erguy
I painstakingly read through this book while serving on an LDS Mission in Washington. I say painstakingly not because it was a bad book, but because it was probably the most difficult book I've read. While I'm sure I did not get everything I could out of it, the one thing that I remember still is that Talmage has a powerful way of sharing the life of The Savior while at the same time explaining how much the world doesn't know about him.
Amber
I have finally finished this book!
It was such a tremendous teaching book on the life of the Christ. Written in simple language, it gave me a much better, clearer understanding of the ministry and teaching of Jesus while he was on earth, and the entire eternal plan.
I did find the book deep reading and it took me MONTHS to get through it, but I am so glad I did!!
Janet Wilcox
The first really serious book I ever read which discussed gospel doctrine. Read in preparation for my 1st mission. Gave me a broad perspective and appreciation of the Savior's life. Needed a dictionary to understand many words, but that was good mental stretching too.
Jeffrey Root
This book is one religion's interpretation of who Jesus Christ is and what his mission was on this Earth. Every religion interprets the Bible differently and because the bible is taken both literally and metaphorically it is very difficult to find a solution as to how to worship Christ. Talmage does an eloquent job at arguing the version of Christ the Mormons worship, even tying in the Restoration of "His Church" through Joseph Smith. I gave it a 3 star review because this book is biased to one ...more
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James Edward Talmage was a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, and a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born Sunday Sept. 21, 1862, at Hungerford, Berkshire, England, the son of James Joyce Talmage and his wife, Susannah Preater. He is the first son and second child in a family of eight. He was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at th ...more
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