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The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
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Dec 31, 2011

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bookshelves: history, discipleship, theology

Yancey does an excellent job of creating a broader template for measuring the life of Christ. I found that he was laboring under many impressions of Christ that he simply could not let go -- and honestly might not have been able to acknowledge.

Placing Jesus within the contexts of his own history is the only fair way to accomplish the task of actually coming nearer to the real Jesus of Nazereth. Yancey accomplishes this without dumbing down the details, yet avoiding the trap of overanalysis.

This book carries the same load as NT Wright's book "The Challenge of Jesus," but in a more conversational tone. While NT Wright is a master of concise scholarship, Yancey's journalism background allows for a more pedestrian approach.

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