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In "Jesus," Leith Anderson captures the profound beauty of Jesus' life. This biography is based on the four Gospels from the Bible. However, this is much more than a retelling of the parables and teachings of Christ. Throughout the book there is also an emphasis on history, politics and culture. While the parables seem to be a main focus there are also stories of Jesus having conversations with his family and friends. Leith Anderson also provides insight into what the parables mean.
While most of the book focuses on Jesus' life and teaching there are also interesting stories of how Jesus handles accusations. It is amazing to think of how many people hated Jesus (mostly those in power) when everywhere he went he showed love and compassion to the multitudes. For the most part he seemed well loved by the people but throughout the book there is an undercurrent of hate and dissatisfaction that festers until he is finally crucified for the sins of the world.
"What good is it if someone gains the whole world yet loses his soul?"
This question stands out as one of the most important ones in this book. If you have ever wondered why Jesus is called the Savior or the Son of God, then you can read Jesus' thoughts on the subject as well as the thoughts of his followers. As someone who has believed in Jesus since I was seven I can say that this book made me even more of a believer. I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Jesus' life even if you have heard his teachings for your entire life.
This book is written by a highly respected Biblical scholar. He is perfectly capable of writing a paper suitable for an academic journal. But this book is written so that the vast majority of the public can understand and even enjoy what they are reading. This is not a paraphrase of the Gospels, but a retelling of the life of Jesus. He uses only the Bible as source material for the story and connects the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah to the event in His life. There is also the use of extrabiblical sources for the secular parts that fill out the story or explain for example the intricacies of Jewish law and how it had to exist under Roman rule. Some artistic license is taken, but it only served to make the story more accessible to a twenty-first century reader. Special attention is also given to terms in the original languages and that attention serves to give more contemporary meanings to those terms.
This book is suitable for laymen, Sunday School teachers, ministers, professors, and seminarians. Anyone looking for a solid biography of the Savior would do well to start with this one. It is both carefully researched and well written. I definitely recommend it.
The author tells the whole story of Jesus from start to finish. It reads sort of like a biography. Previous to this reading my knowledge of the life of Jesus was sort of jumbled with stories told by 4 different authors. This author tied all the stories together in a chronological fashion. It made it easier to see the life of Jesus like a biography, fitting all the incidents I was familiar with into a timeline so it seems like I got the whole story.
I have read the story of Jesus in the Bible many times. I have read books about Jesus and his life. I have taught my children the story of baby Jesus. But Leith Anderson's well-written book tops them all for me. With his footnotes and explanations he puts me into Jesus life and times. I was with Jesus when in his anger he overturned the moneychanger tables in the temple, and now I know why. I now understand Jesus' careful fulfillment of each of the Old Testament prophecy's concerning the Messiah. I can recommend this book to Christians who know Jesus, and to those who are seeking him.
By merging the four Gospels with historical evidence of how the world was in the first century you get a clear view of how Jesus taught. Information relevant to custom and Jewish law makes the story more realistic. It is amazing how much easier it is to understand the parables when the events of the day are explained. Contains key Old Testament passages that are fulfilled in the 1st century by Jesus. A definite must read for any layman hoping to understand the events in the life of the Messiah.
Easy to read chronological description of Jesus’ ministry. I wouldn’t describe it as an intimate portrait but it provides facts about culture and politics that I needed. A quick look at Hos life might be a better title.
A fascinating book that really gets to grips with who Jesus was, and explains the times in which he lived to give greater depth to the readers understanding - just amazing! I read it while I was in on holiday in Israel which gave an added level to its meaning. Highly recommend.
I'm so glad this text came to my attention and my Kindle. Leith gives a holy walk through the life of Jesus. Theologically accurate, he adds logical context but not in excess. You must read this one. You'll have no regrets.
This is one of the best books I've ever read. We are even using it in my daughter's homeschool curriculum. Anderson takes all 4 Gospels and accurate historical and geographical information and puts it together in chronological order. It is almost like reading a novel, and you truly feel as if you are experiencing the events of the NT. More than worth the purchase!