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The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  69 reviews
When an expert in the law of Moses 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 for life: to love God with heart, soul, m ...more
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Published August 1st 2004 (first published January 1st 2004)
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Robert Martin
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Patrick Willis
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discipleship
It really doesn't take you so long to read this book. I started to reread this book with a student throughout last semester (Fall '17), but stopped three chapters short of finishing it again. However, it was kind of cool to see that the three chapters left all dealt with what we're celebrating this week/weekend. Back when I first read this book in the summer of 2009, I was floored. I absolutely LOVED it and it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. Scot also became arguably the aut ...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

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
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Within the Christian faith, there are a slew of creeds that exist. Perhaps the most famous of all are the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. But, little do we know that Jesus himself established His own creed. This creed is known as the Jesus Creed.

But, before explaining the Jesus Creed, there is a bit of background information that must be addressed first. Before Christ was born, Jews all throughout the known world had their own creed. This creed is better known as the Shema (Sh'm
Thomas Kinsfather
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeremy Manuel
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
If you're a Christian, Jesus' greatest commandment is probably not a foreign concept to you. "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." While these may not be words always put into practice, they are words that are often talked about in churches and among Christians.

Scot McKnight i
Samuel McCann
Picked up this book with a lot of anticipation and excitement. Have heard a lot of good things about Scot McKnight from professors and his commentaries are often well received. The beginning starts off with a bang and you feel he has grasped an imcredibly important concept, yet I felt throughout the book he did not bring to fruition the promise of his work.

Maybe I had unfair expectations. In some ways I thought this might break free from the typical American evangelical formula, but
Emma Palmberg
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Jesus Creed is not a book to breeze through in one sitting. Instead, it should be read slowly and with some thought put into it. McKnight breaks up the chapters into small, manageable chunks, as well as combining chapters into particular groups. This allows for easy reading and organization. How much one gets out of the book is really up to them. If carefully read, the information can apply to all of our lives, even if just in subtle ways.

A beautiful tone is used throughout the book and it
Abel Babu
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
It was a good read, more like a timely read. Gave me a fresh perspectives on, Jesus rethinking and extending the Jewish rhythms and liturgy in the light of who He is, about the many people that Jesus interacted with during his time, stories of people who have impacted by him... to name a few All these perspectives were then put forth as a framework for spiritual formation, which is something I have come think a little more intentionally in this season. So yes it was a timely read for me.
This book proved to be a good discussion starter for a small group study. McKnight's application of the "Jesus Creed" (Love God, love your neighbor) finds many ways. I found some chapters were much better than others, so the application was uneven; profound in some ways, a stretch in others. Overall I enjoyed reading the book very much. I don't understand why they removed the whole last section of chapters from the 10th anniversary edition of this book. I thought those were some of the best. I r ...more
Mitchell Dixon
McKnight gives a great picture of what the great commandment really means for a Christ follower. This would be an amazing book for someone just coming to the faith and wrestling with what loving God and loving people really means.
Jim Kilson
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read this little book several times... it never fails to teach me something new!
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the discussion questions in a group setting but the book was a snooze fest.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the clearest, most accessible books I have read on what it means to follow Jesus.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the book. it is one of the best book I read this year.
Jonathan Emmert
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great thoughts and well developed, though I think there are any excessive amount of examples, it feels like they were added just to increase the length of the book.
william herzog
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Simply a great read....challenging and should we live. By Jesus God with everything and your neighbor as yourself!
Daniel Nelms
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Read half of it thoroughly, sped read the remainder. It was good.
G Stephen
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing

From the Preface --

“A Jewish expert on the law once asked Jesus what was the most important thing for spiritual formation. Jesus’ answer turned history upside down for those who followed him. This book is an invitation for you to explore Jesus’ answer to that man. I call it the Jesus Creed, and what he said should shape everything we say about Christian spirituality. Everything.”

Jesus knows what life is all about. He was born into a Jewish family and culture but he was more than Jew
Scotty Roberts
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
If the Sermon on the Mount was the manifesto of the Kingdom of God "The Jesus Creed" serves up a veritable pledge of allegiance to that Kingdom's Ruler and His overarching prerogative which is, of course, LOVE. In exploring Rabbi Yeshua's affirmation of the Judaism's Shema ("Hear O Israel... the LORD is one: you shall love the LORD with all...") which He conjoined with the Golden Rule (which is an affirmation of Leviticus 19:18), McKnight makes clear that, for all the clarity that doctrinal conf ...more
Steve Johnson
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ju
Greg Taylor
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sharman Wilson
I really enjoyed the first half, but I felt like he was stretching a bit toward the end. I especially appreciated how he brought Jesus' Jewishness to the forefront. McKnight argues that Jesus amended the Shema found in the Torah to form what McKnight calls the Jesus Creed: When Jesus was asked by an expert in the Law about the greatest commandment, he answered with the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), then added to it Leviticus 19:18: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord y ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although McKnight made some good points... this book was too long for an explanation of the scriptural verses it centers on in Mark 12:29-32 that McKnight calls the Jesus Creed. McKnight creates a lengthy 234-page novel that over examines these four self-explanatory verses found in the book of Mark.

The four verses in Mark 12:29-32 are the core values of the Christian faith. In these verses Jesus tells us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves and that there is no other comman
Aug 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
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
Howard Boswell
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jenn Raley
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
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
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Amy Young
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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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
“The Jesus Creed teaches us that a disciple’s responsibility is to love God by following Jesus. You only follow someone else when your own lights or sense of direction are not good enough.” 2 likes
“For Mother Teresa, love is only of use if it is seen in action. Her famous words are: “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love: little things like caring for the sick and the homeless, the lonely and the unwanted, washing and cleaning for them.” And, “You must give what will cost you something.” Her creed—call it her Shema—is simple: The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.” 1 likes
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