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The Bible Jesus Read Leader's Guide Paperback – June 24, 2002
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Given previous book titles--Where Is God When It Hurts, Disappointment with God, and The Gift of Pain--one might jokingly suggest that in the Old Testament Yancey has found his true home. He acknowledges that in studying key sections of the Hebrew Bible (he concentrates on Job, Deuteronomy, The Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets) he found himself confronted by the core questions that haunt his Christian faith: Do I matter? Does God care? Why doesn't God act? As always, Yancey explores these central human questions with a style that is marked by directness, humor, and honesty. He writes not as theologian or mystic but as a questioning seeker. Rather than providing simple answers--he in fact says that "by no means did Jesus resolve the problem of pain"--he instead affirms the words of Thomas Merton, which he quotes in his Introduction: "There is ... nothing comfortable about the Bible--until we manage to get so used to it that we make it comfortable for ourselves."
Even as he finds the Old Testament a "companion for my pilgrimage," so is Yancey a companion for his readers, precisely through his willingness to ask --and his courage not to answer--all the hard questions. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Previous reviewers have indicated that, in their opinion, this is not one of Yancey's stronger books. I believe, with the exception of one chapter, this book is as strong and interesting as any book he has written. Unfortunately, I had to rate it short of 5 stars because of the chapter on Deuteronomy. Portions of that chapter were taken from the companion booklet to the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt", and thus follows the storyline of the film and not the actual biblical storyline. The whole tone of that chapter just does not fit in a book such as this. If I wanted to read the flowery, overblown recounting of the storyline of the movie, I would have purchased it separately. If you get past the dross, there are valuable insights to be gleaned, but the dross shouldn't be there in the first place. Otherwise, this is an exemplary book.
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Certainly a must read, not only for those who love the Bible, but those who are new to reading it.Published 7 days ago by Lana L.
My knowledge of the Old Testament is lacking at best and I've been enlightened by this book. I've not finished and generally only read one Chapter at a time as a Bible study. Read morePublished 22 days ago by PatS
Great read. New considerations for the traditional/ usual Christian journey.Published 29 days ago by cWallin
Yancey addresses the struggles Bible readers face in the Old Testament with candid honesty and the deep understanding of a scholar who has studied these books thoroughly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by diane clements
I just read your book : The Bible Jesus Read...I thought there are many interesting and good points I could take throughout the whole chapters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is well written and the author is well studied. It is a book that asks the big questions in life and the answers I felt were as homes and real as can be!Published 3 months ago by Peter Durham
For those that have ears to hear and eyes to see the author provides answers to age old questions. Written so as to be understood. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. C
Great, easy read book. Loved it because it gives more insightful thoughts to my "least favorite" books of the bible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy Long
A fantastic book and I recommend everyone take the time to read it.Published 4 months ago by Wray Winterlin