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Product Details

  • Series: Image Classic
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Image (August 25, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038508028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385080286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this highly regarded 1949 account about the life of Jesus, Oursler imbued the New Testament gospels with life, embellishing them with descriptive detail, dialog, and personality. The compelling fictionalized narrative, which remains faithful to the scriptures throughout, can be heard now on cassette via the talents of Tony Award- winning actor Edward Herrmann. Listeners will experience a sense of "being there," as author and narrator capture the essence of the compassionate yet forceful Son of God and his mission amidst the political, religious, and social turmoil of the early first century. This program's messages are timeless and ever relevant and will have wide appeal. Highly recommended for public libraries.?Barbara J. Vaughan, State Univ. Coll. at Buffalo Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Since 1949 Fulton Oursler's fictional account of the life of Jesus has been a perennial favorite. The author's intent was to remain faithful to the Christ portrayed in the Gospels; thus, this work will probably appeal to those of a more evangelical bent. Edward Herrmann gives a respectable reading. His stately voice has a congenial, soft quality. He gives a controlled dramatic interpretation to the narrative and characters, which aptly portrays mood or personality without being overbearing [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Audiofile, Mar./Apr. 1998

Winner of the Listen Up Award - Best Religion/Spirituality Audio of 1997 [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Publishers Weekly, January 5, 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book follows the Life of Jesus Christ and matches the New Testament perfectly.
Pat Peregrin
Great read & learning tool for Bible study for a person wanting to know more about Jesus.
Blessed
I read a couple of pages and my husband began reading it and is really enjoying it.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am usually a critic of "Life of Christ" stories. It's easy for me to mount my soap box and say, "If one wants to learn of the life of Jesus, read the gospels." However, this book was different. Oursler remains faithful to the biblical accounts of the life of Jesus, weaving the material from the four evangelists together to produce a truly great narrative. For those thirsty for some reading on the life of the Lord, I would certainly still point them first (and always) to the Scripture; however, I must admit that, regarding Oursler's narrative, there is some value to be gained from the stirring of the heart this story produces. Highly recommended for all -- both young and old.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Read this book out loud to your family and use it for discussions about the life of Jesus Christ. I have a 13 year old son who knew very little about Jesus, and now has a simple but deep grasp of the story. It has lead to talk about Jesus' miracles, His inspirational teaching of morality, and His resurrection. This book is accurate in every particular to the gospel of Mark. Oursler does a good job of describing the facts of the gospel in novel form so that the people come alive again. The language is challenging and specific, though not complicated. Oursler knows the definitive meanings of words and uses them well, but puts them in understandable context. One small remark that might be construed as a complaint: the physical descriptions of Jesus are true to the classical western paintings of a brown haired man with light eyes. Small quibble, not important. Oursler captures the spirit of the man and the glory of God in Him. If you need to "read" the Bible story before beginning your study of the Word, this book will give you a clear picture of the life and teachings of the Master. Enjoy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is great. It really brings the story to life. It fills in details and emotions that many people wonder about when reading the Bible. It's also very inspirational, and an awesome story. It's one of those books that everyone should read and reread.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RONDANTO on November 18, 2011
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WONDERFUL BOOK. TERRIBLE DOWNLOAD ON KINDLE. LOOKS LIKE NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS CUT UP AND PATCHED TOGETHER. SIMILAR PROBLEM WITH NOOK VERSION. WHY DOESN'T DOUBLEDAY MAKE A CORRECTED AND CLEAR VERSION FOR THE EREADERS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Plum on June 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
An inspirational read, very full, I think it could have gone on another few hundred pages but it is long enough.

While the author Oursler covers some aspects of Christ's life very well, from the Annunciation to Jesus being found in the Temple, he seems to cover a few other events scantly. "The Passion of the Christ" had not been made into film yet and I don't think the whole episode of Christ's Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane is covered enough, for as important as that episode is to the Gospels. I think it is signficant that during the arrest of Jesus, the Pharisees arresting him were indeed all were fallen down by the whole episode and not by physical means, before Jesus the Lamb of God submitted to their arrest. I do enjoy however, the trial of Jesus by the Sanhedrin in court. I do find this to be a very viable visualization of how such a trial may have taken place.

The Nativity narrative may well take some from the Apocrypha, Protovangelium, Infant Gospel of James, whereas, Mary's parents, Joachim and Anne accompany Joseph and Mary during the birth of the Christ-child. I do find the first part of the book thoroughly enjoying in relating those incidences we know best from the Gospel of Luke and some from the Gospel of Matthew. I do understand that Herod probably did have some Arabic blood in him, in part if not totally, but I am not sure if an apt description for Herod is calling him an Arab King as he does two or three times in the book. Still, this is a minor detail.

All in all, I am not sure if this is the inspiration for the movie of the same name
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By glatts2cu@access1.net on December 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The Greatest Story Ever Told is one of the most compelling books on the life of Christ I have ever read. Above that, Edward Herrmann's reading is artful and compelling. It's an excellent introduction to your friends who don't know Jesus, and for yourself if you want to grow in your understanding of the greatest man that ever lived.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Kennedy-cummings on September 11, 2010
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This book and the other two that are in the trilogy are really wonderful. If you want to read the Bible in a language you really understand that isnot a fiction novel read this. Mary, Joseph and Jesus come alive on the pages. It firmly keeps true to the bible event by event. To use a pun ; it's the gospel truth. I recently bought this for the fourth time! Over the years, people borrow it and I NEVER seem to get it back. You will reread this over and over and somehow find your beliefs to be stronger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on February 22, 2012
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This "e-book" is one of the worst scanned documents I have ever seen! It is a badly scanned copy with lines cut out and letters along the rim cut off. The book is wonderfully written. I'd suggest you buy a hard copy and scan it yourself. 5 Star book 0 star copy! If they gave it away for free it would still be an injustice! Whoever did this doesn't deserve your money!
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