How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the “new, rediscovered” Jesus—or even the Jesus we think we know so well? Thousands of books have been written about Jesus, and yet still he remains an elusive historical figure.
For several years I taught a class on Jesus that relied on movie depictions of his life. Out of that class came this book, for teaching it gave me a new and different perspective on his work—his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came. In this book I emphasize the relational and personal rather than the scholarly. Who was this man Jesus? What was he like? No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same.
My favorite modern author is Philip Yancey. If I had to choose one (book), it would probably be “The Jesus I Never Knew.” More than any religious book that I know, this presents Jesus Christ in vivid and practical terms as personifying the finest human traits of peace, justice, humility, benevolence, forgiveness and compassionate love. At the same time, his divinity is never forgotten. —President Jimmy Carter
“This is the best book about Jesus I have ever read, probably the best book about Jesus in the whole century. Yancey gently took away my blinders and blazed the trail through my own doubting fears, pious know-it-all, and critical balderdash until I saw the Savior anew and thought I heard him ask me, ‘Now who do you say that I am?’ and I understood the question as I never had before.” —Lewis B. Smedes, author and theologian
“In a day when novel ideas about Jesus are all the rage, Yancey’s pages offer major help for seeing the Savior as he really was.” —J. I. Packer, theologian and author of Knowing God