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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Cascade Books; 2 edition (February 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610973623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610973625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


This book is a little gem rich with quiet wisdom and deep insights, and is beautifully written. This is a book to read slowly and savor long.
--Os Guinness, author of A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future

A book of uncommon power and insight. By providing incisive commentary on the gospel's story of Jesus's humanity, Russ opens wide a window into our own.
--Robert Walter Wall, Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, Seattle Pacific University

I don't know when I have been more pleased with a book on Christian life than I am with this stunningly helpful examination of the humanity of Christ. . . . This is the kind of book that not only deserves, but needs, a wide readership.
--Luder G. Whitlock Jr., Former President, Reformed Theological Seminary

A marvelously surprising book. Surprising because it uncovers an obvious truth we have persistently managed to obscure or ignore. Marvelous because, like all truths, its discovery has the capacity to set us free, free to enjoy the limits of our finitude, and free to marvel, once again, at the full-orbed wonder of the Word-made-flesh. A tour de force.
--Stan D. Gaede, President, Christian College Consortium --Wipf and Stock Publishers

About the Author

Dan Russ is Academic Dean and faculty member at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He is also a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, where he has also served as a moderator, resource scholar, editor, and project director. He has previously published on biblical and classical literature as well as education.

More About the Author

Dan Russ is the Academic Dean and faculty member at Gordon College. He holds a B.A. in English, a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas. He is a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He also serves as a Senior Fellow, moderator, and academic consultant for The Trinity Forum. He wrote and edited a curriculum for the Trinity Forum entitled Children of Prometheus: Technology and the Good Life and served as Editor of Provocations: an Online Journal of The Trinity Forum. Dr. Russ has contributed to a number of books on classics, biblical studies, an cultural leadership, including The Terrain of Comedy, The Epic Cosmos, Classic Texts and the Nature of Authority, The Tragic Abyss, An Invitation to the Classics, The Prospect of Lyric, co-authored an essay on "The Moral Imagination" published in Christianity and the Soul of the University as well as a chapter on academic freedom in The Christian College Phenomenon. His book Flesh-and-Blood Jesus: Learning to be Fully Human from the Son of Man was published in 2013 in a revised second edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hendricks on June 23, 2013
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For centuries, people did more than just debate the nature of Christ (was he God, was he man, was he some combination of both, etc.)—sometimes they killed each other over it! Finally the Council of Nicaea settled the matter (at least, in terms of an official pronouncement). They declared that Christ is fully God and fully human, mystery though that formulation may be. Yet despite that declaration, Christians in the main have tended to emphasize Christ's divinity over his humanity. It's almost as if they are embarrassed to admit what Philippians 2 so plainly admits, that Christ took on the limitations of a human form.

Thank you, Dan Russ, for calmly but courageously wading into the messy truth that Jesus was fully human. It's a beautiful thing to consider, because as Russ explains so well, Jesus shows us what true humanity is supposed to look like—in other words, what we were intended to look like.

Russ's exploration of Jesus' youth and what it tells us about growing up and the issues of parenting and discipline and the like is alone worth the price of the book. But every chapter has new insights that I doubt most of us have ever considered.

There are thousands of books about Jesus. I promise you, there is no book on Jesus' humanity as well conceived and well written as this one.
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