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The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels Hardcover – April 10, 2017
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"David Limbaugh's The True Jesus is a worthy successor to his bestselling book The Emmaus Code. The latter exposed a generation to how the Old Testament reveals Christ. Now The True Jesus directs attention to the Jesus of the Gospels, in His full humanity and deity. Limbaugh's presentation is tactical, yet forthright. He carefully blends the four portraits of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John into a single streamlined, coherent narrative, free from academic distraction and jargon. The result is that the Gospels are allowed to speak for themselves. If you've wondered whether media portrayals of Jesus are dishonest, or found reading four seemingly disparate versions of the life of Jesus a little bewildering, or if you know nothing about Jesus at all, The True Jesus is precisely what you need."
—Dr. Michael S. Heiser, Scholar-in-Residence, Faithlife / Logos Bible Software, author of The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, and host of the Naked Bible Podcast
"In The True Jesus, the Son of God of the Gospels truly comes alive for readers. This is the Case for Christ from the life of Jesus Himself—and Limbaugh tells it in a way that will inspire you to read and study the Gospels like never before."
—Lee Strobel, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith
"How could an ancient carpenter from the tiny town of Nazareth be the most influential human being to ever walk the earth? Who was Jesus and how does His life affect yours? Like a captivating tour guide, David Limbaugh leads you through the brilliant and sacrificial life of Jesus of Nazareth and inspires you to connect your life with the Savior—the true Jesus. There are few books better about life's most important topic!"
—Frank Turek, founder and president of www.CrossExamined.org
"David Limbaugh strikes again. The True Jesus is a brilliant, must-read book on the real Jesus of Scripture destined to be another bestseller. If you have faith, it will deepen it; if you don't, you just might change your mind after reading it."
—Sean Hannity, host of The Sean Hannity Show and Fox News Channel's Hannity
About the Author
David Limbaugh is a lawyer, nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, political commentator, and author of seven New York Times bestsellers including The Emmaus Code and the #1 bestseller Crimes Against Liberty. The brother of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, he lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with his wife and children. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidLimbaugh.
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I appreciate that Mr. Limbaugh has included the history of Israel during the period between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament (the intertestamental period) and that of the years of the early Church. I have studied the Bible over the years but have never focused on the period which is not covered in it nor of the beginnings of the Church itself. Mr. Limbaugh's history of these periods are informative, interesting, and helped explain the social and historical context of the time in which Jesus was born, ministered, died and was resurrected as well as the time in which the Church began and grew.
For me, reading has always been how I seek information and books which answer my questions are ones that I appreciate the most. “The True Jesus” is just the type of book that I will want to keep on hand and provide to others who are asking and seeking answers. My personal copy is on a Kindle as I appreciate being able to change the font size and to add audible narration to it; however, I like to purchase and gift hardcover and paperback books to others.
I have not read Mr. Limbaugh's other books but I will certainly be seeking them out. I'm reminded so much of Lee Strobel's “The Case for Christ”, not that these books are duplicative in nature but rather they are similar in subject and in the clear cut and modern voice in which they are written. It doesn't take a theological background in order to read and understand this book. It takes an open mind and a seeking heart.
So who has the most accurate view?
In his new book, The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels, author David Limbaugh takes his reader on a Biblical adventure in search of the true nature of the Bibles greatest hero. From Jesus of Nazareth’s birth, to his death, resurrection and ascension, Mr. Limbaugh reveals to his reader how the first century gospel writers understood the personality and person of the one they called the Christ.
A couple of things really stood out to me in this book.
• Mr. Limbaugh’s compelling portrait of not just Jesus’ divinity but also his humanity
• Mr. Limbaugh’s touching exploration of the disciples journey from followers to apostles
As the book unfolds Mr. Limbaugh walks you hand in hand with Jesus’ disciples as they discover for themselves the true Jesus. In a way, you see the story of Jesus through their eyes. I’m not sure exactly how he does it but Mr. Limbaugh is able to transport right into the story.
As you walk through the gospel accounts with Mr. Limbaugh you’ll feel the early excitement Jesus’ disciples experienced when they were called. You’ll feel the hope in their first tentative steps as followers and the doubts, misconceptions, and discoveries they learn from along the way. You’ll groan in their weakness and wonder in disbelief at their doubts and all along the way you’ll feel the reassuring hand of Jesus as he comforts, teaches, and prepares them for their world changing commission to take His good news of Yeshua (YHWH’s Salvation) first to their own Jewish brethren and then to rest of the world.
In reading Mr. Limbaugh chronological account of the gospels you can help but come away with an awesome sense of Jesus’ divinity juxtaposed with His real humanity as a man. I don’t know if anyone can totally fathom our Creator taking on a temporary dwelling of fallen human flesh and in utter unselfish humility standing in our place when the righteous judgement for our sins was carried out. I can say though that after reading The True Jesus, the redemptive picture of YHWH's salvation is even more vivid and gripping than I’ve ever seen it before.
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In a bit of respectful criticism there was one small part of the book where Mr. Limbaugh made a welling meaning assumption that is not based upon a reasonable rendering of the Biblical evidence. I know this may seem like nitpicking to some but sometimes the smallest details have unnoticed importance. I quote from the passage in question:
“In 458 BC, the scribe Ezra returned to the land along with a few thousand Jews and their families, and reinstituted the Law and the religious rituals (Ezra 7:21-25). In 444 BC, Nehemiah returned to the land with another group of exiles and was appointed governor of Judah. By the authority of Persian King Artaxerxes (Neh. 2:6), Nehemiah organized the rebuilding of the city’s walls, fulfilling Daniel’s century-old prophecy (Daniel 9:25).”
Doesn’t seem like much does it? In fact though, upon this little bit of 2nd temple era chronology hangs much of the framework of our futurist eschatology. Daniel 9, a 7 yr. tribulation, a future Anti-christ covenant with Israel, and numerous other prophetic passages all find their foundation in this little piece of Biblical history.
The problem with this chronology is that it is not supported with a reasonable rendering of the Bible’s 2nd temple chronology. What is left unsaid in Mr. Limbaugh’s chronology above is that Ezra’s father was killed in the 19th year of Nebuchadnezzar. By the 20th year of Mr. Limbaugh’s Artaxerxes, Ezra would be at his absolute youngest a quarter century older than Moses.
As Thomas Ice and Ed Hindson explain in their recent book Charting the Bible Chronologically: A Visual Guide to God's Unfolding Plan, after the flood, the lifespan of mankind was subject to a decay curve. This curve saw the lifespan of mankind decrease from the multi century spans that occurred before the flood to the 70-80 years mentioned by King David (Psalms 90:10) following the flood.
Had Ezra been the only exception to this rule it might have been discounted as an unexplained oddity. But this same unreasonable age applies to many of the Priests and Levites who came up to Jerusalem under the decree of Cyrus (536 BC) and who were still alive by the 20th year of the unnamed Persian Artaxerxes of Nehemiah. (Neh. 10 & 12)
Also problematic is the chronology of Ezra 6 & 7 were it tells us of a Persian Artaxerxes who was part of Temple building efforts that were completed by the 6th year of Darius (‘the Great’ Artaxerxes). Just a few verses later in Ezra 7, we find Ezra on his way to Jerusalem in the 7th year of an unnamed Artaxerxes. The most natural reading of the passage, even the age of Ezra himself, suggests that the Artaxerxes of Ezra 7 is the one and same Artaxerxes of Ezra 6. But instead we add 60 years to Ezra’s age between Ezra 6 & 7 so that we make him a contemporary of the Persian king Longimanus.
Here is my point. No detail of YHWH’s incredible word in unimportant. By making exceptions and excuses for this neglected bit of Biblical history we as futurists have left a future stumbling block for those who use this chronology as the basis for their futurist expectations. My hope is that in some future writing Mr. Limbaugh will give this exceptionally important part of Biblical history the attention it so rightly deserve and rectify the neglect it has received in this current work.
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In closing my criticism notwithstanding, this was the most moving exploration of the New Testament gospels that I’ve ever read. When reading this book you can’t escape the sense of wonder and thrilling discovery that Mr. Limbaugh shares with you as he takes you on an adventure that has the potential to transform your life. After reading this book I’d encourage you to open your Bible’s and see if these things be so.
By W E Johnson
I just started reading the book. I have read through the Bible three times in my 73 years. David's book is like having someone read the Bible to you, but explain all of it, like a gentle easy going friend.