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The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

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Winner of the 2005Christianity Today Book Award

When an expert in the law asked Jesus for the greatest commandment, Jesus responded with the Shema, the ancient Jewish creed that commands Israel to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength. But the next part of Jesus' answer would change the course of history. Jesus amended the Shema, giving his followers a new creed fo...more
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Published August 1st 2004 by Paraclete Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Greg Taylor
I read Jesus Creed in 2004. The Jesus Creed, according to McKnight, is the way Jesus combined two important Mosaic laws into one life of love. In Mark 12:28-33 Jesus is responding to a teacher of the law asking, "Of all the laws, which is most important." Jesus responds with two: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (Love God with all your being) and Leviticus 19:18 (love your neighbor as yourself). So McKnight calls this important combination "the Jesus Creed" and makes the claim that Jesus is the first to make t...more
What is the true "Good News"?

That God loves us.

What is the way to live out the Gospel?

Love God. Love others.

Could it be that simple? Yes, it can, suggests Scot McKnight. We may differ in a few minor areas of theology, but on this, Dr. McKnight and I can agree.

In this compelling book he talks about how we can not only live this, but practical ways to do so. Starting with the Jewish Shema (Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind), adding to it what Jesus added to it with "Love your neighb...more

First published in 2004, The Jesus Creed by author, blogger, and New Testament Professor Scot McKnight has quickly achieved a place of prominence on many Christian “must read” lists. In The Jesus Creed McKnight attempts to articulate spiritual formation not just as a set of disciplines we practice amalgamated over the course of Church history but rather as a coherent lifestyle based upon Jesus’ own teachings. At the core of these teachings is what McKnight calls “The Jesus Creed.” The Jesus Cree...more
Thomas Kinsfather
Yes! McKnight nails it. Jesus Creed is about how following Jesus, in every way, is about loving God and loving people. While this is a very simple premise, McKnight approaches this topic with power and penetrating insight.

The Change: Much of the book is about the changes Jesus brought to the Jewish faith. THis is where McKnight really shines. His knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures and Jewish tradition shines as he examines the prayers, stories, and creeds of Jesus and their Jewish roots. Scot r...more
Robert Martin
I first read The Jesus Creed in my first class at Biblical Seminary. If you go back in my blog to that time in 2007, you'll find a much less mature blogger and, honestly, a much less spiritually mature man. I've gotten better, but I know I still have a long way to go.

I tell you this because, when I first read this book, I really didn't get it. It was a neat idea, really, to think about a new way of viewing Jesus ministry through what he noted as the two greatest commandments: love God and love o...more
Steve Johnson
Oct 25, 2010 Steve Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every follower of Jesus Christ
This is one of the best books on living the Christian life that I've read, ever. I think it is a must read for all Christians. If you don't have joy in your walk, read it. If you don't know quite who Jesus was, read it. If you aren't readily feeling love for your neighbors, or you in-laws, or yourself, read it.

While I usually blow through books that I love, I read this one much more slowly. I read it and many of the Gospel passages more develotionally, but don't think that this is just some warm...more
Howard Boswell
I have read several books on Christian spirituality over the last three or four decades. I would rate Scot McKnight's The Jesus Creed has one of the best. His point is extremely clear. Using Jesus' summary of the Law in Mark, he believes the spiritually formed person loves God and loves others. The rest of the book provide beautiful variations on that central theme.

McKnight combines a comprehensive grasp of Scripture and church history with an ability to tell stories that illustrate his argumen...more
Shaun Marshall
Focused on living as a follower of Christ and not tied up in proselytizing current culture christianity. I read it as a series of meditations/ devotions and was pleased.
Been meaning to read this for a while. One of many books I'd like to read in which the meaning of Jesus' key statements/beliefs is explored in light of his cultural and religious context as a first century Jew. I've heard Scott speak about this book before, so I have a general idea of what it's about: apparently Jesus' famous summary of the two most important commandments (to love God and to love others) is actually a reformulation and affirmation of the "shemah" (sp?) of the Jewish faith (I thi...more
Jenn Raley
I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. Overall, it has changed my life over the past year - the way I think about God, myself, and my interactions with others. I cannot think of the right words to write to give a ringing endorsement of the core idea of this book, which is that "Love God and Love Others" is at the heart of an authentic Christian faith and lifestyle.

That said, there were chapters that fell flat, and examples that were just silly. It's not perfect. But, who are we to expec...more
Amy Young
In essence Jesus expanded the Shema ("Hear oh Israel") to include loving God and loving others. The book was well organized. What gets me, is that as someone who grew up in the church, why wasn't I told more of this? The good samaritan -- how often have we heard that the Levite and the priest were turkeys for "not crossing the road?" They thoght they were loving God by avoiding the impurity of a dead body! I was also quite challenged by Joseph's willingness to lay down his reputation in obedienc...more
Rom LaPointe
There were some very good sections of the book that really illuminated Jesus. The overall focus of this book are the foundations of the Christian faith, and more importantly how we are called to live our lives. That's all a 10 for me. I think this is an important book for followers of Christ. The message and creed are, of course, exactly right. I also got a lot from the detail on Jewish words and customs during Jesus' ministry. So, it should be rated higher, but the readability and repetition of...more
Excellent grounding of the Christian life in the Shema, the creed Jesus would have used during his lifetime, as altered by Jesus in his own teaching on loving God and loving others. Solidly biblical, but the writing format wore me down after awhile. Maybe I should have read it in smaller chunks, because the repetition and the simplicity of every chapter seemed to draw the obvious out. Great content, love McKnight as a teacher, but this book felt about twice as long as it needed to be to get its...more
Melody Cantwell
Read the cover and you've read the book.

McKnight goes too far into stories, not far enough into Scripture. What he says is mostly accurate and true, but he is repetitive.

He takes the obvious view of the Shema (Israel's creed prayer that Christ repeats and expands) and doesn't examine it fully or interestingly.

Not quite worth your time, but not bad in theory.
Sandy Sandmeyer
A good book. It shows how Jesus took the Shema and added "love others" to make a new creed for His followers. This book explains what Jesus called us to do and why, but comparing it to Jesus' actions. It got to be a little wordy and harder to read in the end as it continued. McKnight uses good examples and stories to explain what he means.
A book about "loving God, loving others" that I found thorough yet somehow concise. With this topic that's quite a big job! I appreciated the organization of the material, which helped since there is a great deal. I'm glad now to begin the version for students with my daughters. I have a feeling it may help formulate my takeaways.
Dec 26, 2008 Pat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Pat by: Saw it advertised on Paraclete Press
Excellent book that I highly recommend. It will inspire and challenge readers to flesh out what it really means to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourself. It also has a companion guide to be used for small group or individual study.
Dan Curnutt
I enjoyed Scot's insight into how Jesus added to the Jewish "Shema" and thus brought their Theology full circle from original sin to the new covenant of His blood. It gives lots of good thought to sitting at the feet of Jesus and allowing Him to teach you new insights into your relationship with God.
chapters are brief and always begin with selections from the Gospels. mcknight packages rich material into an accessible format with a pastoral bent. I used it devotionally with great benefit. wish it was longer with a chapter for each day of the year.
This is a very good book on biblical spirituality. It revolves around loving God and loving our neighbor which McKnight takes as the center of the Christian faith. It is basic but profound. It is good book for small groups to study together.
Jonathan P.
One of the best books on spiritual formation. This one is unique because it frames how Jesus' worked this out. The Jewish creeds (which Jesus amended and also 'added' to) was what formed him spiritually and this effected how he lived.
This was a sermon series at our church. I love the passage it is based on: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your's a powerful book to help you live out that command.
The focus on Jesus' amendment of the Shema is interesting, but it doesn't carry all the way through the book. Nevertheless, I thought this was a good blend of the scholarly and the real life.
John Darrow
I wish I read this book sooner! McKnights writing style is engaging, and equally is credible as a respected NT scholar. As McKnight himself warns, this creed will change your life.
Rick Perez
Great Read!...Scott McKnight unpacks Mark 12:28-34 Jesus statement on "Loving God and loving others"..a very thought provoking yet theo-practical book on spiritual formation.
Tami Jo
McKnight gave life examples and thoughtful ways of why we do what we do as Christians and why we are to love God and love others. An excellent 30 day devotional.
Chad Sluder
The author provides a context for some of the things Jesus did and said, that sheds alot of light on how Christians are supposed to live and think. Highly recommend.
Tom Morgan
I am in the process of reading this book, but so far it has been very good. Scot McKnight has a web site that is very good -
Re-reading this "life/faith changing book" to be used in a community of faith. What does it mean to live out and in the 'Jesus Creed.'
Amazing book~! Our pastor is basing a sermon series on this and it's great to add more depth to those sermons~
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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author or editor of forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. Dr. McKnight has given interviews on radios across the nation, has appeared on television, and is regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the...more
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