“The Bible Jesus Read” is a thought-provoking book by Philip Yancey that explores the Old Testament and its relevance to modern Christianity. Yancey argues that Jesus did not read the New Testament but instead relied on the Old Testament for his teachings and understanding of God. The book is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the Old Testament.
Section One: The Narrative
The first section of the book examines the narrative of the Old Testament, beginning with the creation story in Genesis and continuing through the history of Israel. Yancey shows how the Old Testament is a story of God’s relationship with humanity. From the Garden of Eden to the Babylonian exile. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the historical. And cultural context of the Old Testament in order to fully appreciate its meaning.
Section Two: The Poetry
In the second section of the book, Yancey explores the poetry. And wisdom literature of the Old Testament, including the Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. He shows how these books offer guidance for daily living and provide insight into the nature of God. Yancey emphasizes the power of the Psalms in particular. As they express the full range of human emotions and offer comfort and hope in times of distress.
The Prophecy The final section of the book focuses on the prophetic books of the Old Testament. including Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Yancey shows how these books offer insight into God’s plan for humanity. How they are fulfilled in the New Testament. He also explores the challenging themes of judgment and punishment. That are present in the prophetic books and offers guidance on how to interpret and apply these teachings in a modern context.
“The Bible Jesus Read” is a well-written and thought-provoking book. That offers valuable insights into the Old Testament and its relevance to modern Christianity. Yancey’s approach is both scholarly and accessible, making the book suitable for readers of all levels of biblical knowledge. The book emphasizes the importance of reading and understanding the Old Testament in order to fully appreciate the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament. It is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith.