October 20, 2017

A Must Have Book on Jesus

Because you have a real life, maybe you can only read one book about Jesus scholarship this year. What’s it going to be?

I love N.T. Wright’s Jesus and The Victory of God, but unless you are used to scholarly exegesis and discussion, you need something aimed more at the non-academic, but not short-changing you on any of the benefits of scholarly study.

The book you’ve been waiting for is Recovering Jesus, by Thomas Yoder Neufeld, the finest “undergraduate” level survey of the current scholarly study of Jesus I’ve ever seen, and a book that will warmly enhance your faith as a Christian.

I don’t have the time to write a full review of this book, and you can find many on the web, but if you are, like me, really looking for that basic book to kick-start your adventure of a Jesus-shaped spirituality, this is a comprehensive, readable, thorough, perfectly pitched volume that gives lots of evidence of the skill of a scholar and the commitment of a fellow disciple.

Highly, highly recommended. It’s a must have for your library, and no one gave me one to say that.

Comments

  1. I am about 100 pages into N.T. and the People of God. It is not at all what I thought it was going to be. It is not the fastest read but it is so well balanced and offers a fresh perspective rather than leaving a void by just saying what is wrong with the other perspectives.

  2. The first 150 pages of that book are very tough. Then it gets easier.