- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc (October 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598111957
- ISBN-13: 978-1598111958
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jesus the Christ Paperback – October 6, 2006
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The LDS faithful will surely find inspiration in its pages that rivals only that of their scripture. Non-LDS who seek a better understanding of Mormon Christianity will surely appreciate Talmage's clear, concise, well-documented, yet comprehensive discussions on the viewpoints of the Jesus from the perspective of an often misunderstood, well-documented, and entirely Christian faith.
Joseph F. Smith, the President of the Church, commissioned James E. Talmage, a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, to write this biography on the life of Christ. The idea was to use this book as a home reference and a Church textbook. He more than met the challenge, and this book is still in print almost 100 years later, and is standard work for LDS Missionaries.
This book covers every aspect of Christ as best can be expected in one volume. It begins with Christ premortal existence, his mortal ministry in Palestine, his atonement, and finally his post mortal ministry in the Spirit Word (I believe . . . he was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell) and among the Nephites as recorded in the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
The only two drawbacks with this book are it size, and the verbiage. Elder Talmage was an Englishman, so he spoke with an Englishman's vocabulary. A dictionary solves this problem.
He writes in the Preface, "It will be readily seen that the author has departed from the course usually followed by writers on the Life of Jesus Christ, which course, as a rule, begins with the birth of Mary's Babe and ends with the ascension of the slain and risen Lord from Olivet. The treatment embodied in these pages, in addition to the narrative of the Lord's Life in the flesh, comprises the antemortal existence and activities of the world's Redeemer, the revelations and personal manifestations of the glorified and exalted Son of God during the apostolic period of old and in modern times, the assured nearness of the Lord's second advent, and predicted events beyond---all so far as the Holy Scriptures make plain."
Here are some quotations from the book (page numbers are from the 746-page 1983 Deseret Books paperback edition):
"'Mormonism' accepts the doctrine of the fall... but it affirms that none but Adam is or shall be answerable for Adam's disobedience..." (Pg. 29)
"That Child to be born of Mary was begotten of Elohim, the Eternal Father, not in violation of natural law but in accordance with a higher manifestation thereof." (Pg. 77)
"(W)e believe Christ to have been born in the year known to us as B.C. 1..." (Pg. 97)
"Among these extra-Biblical scriptures, the following may be named: ... a missing epistle of Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor 5:9); a missing epistle to the Ephesians (Eph 3:3); a missing epistle to the Colossians, written from Laodicea (Col 4:16); a missing epistle of Jude (Jude 3)." (Pg.Read more ›
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The most complete and comprehensive book I've read on the life of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a reverent and in depth historical account of the Pre Mortal, mortal, and... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Carol Sue
This book is an excellent way for any Christian to know Jesus Christ and his life. It takes the reader through the birth to the concept that there might be modern revelation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to really know Christ, read or listen to the CD's, you will learn about his life and mission on this earth.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I finally finished this book! I took it slow so that I could enjoy learning more about the Savior from this book, and it was a blessing to me, because even though I've read the New... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. L Sadler