Since its release in 1995, The Jesus I Never Knew has sold over 300,000 copies internationally and garnered Church-wide critical acclaim. A literate and piercingly honest look at the teachings, person, and life of Jesus Christ, this best-selling book by Philip Yancey emerged from a groundbreaking group Bible study led by the author. Now your church or Bible study group can share the same exciting dynamics and discoveries as Yancey's group -- as you too encounter the Jesus you've never known. In 14 riveting sessions, you'll experience the insights, the impact, the energy, the challenges, and the life-changes. You'll press beyond notions and stereotypes of Jesus to obtain fresh, uncluttered perspectives on history's central figure -- his radical claims, his challenging teachings, and his effect on others . . . including you. Tapping the drama and immediacy of motions pictures, the Jesus I Never Knew curriculum will engage you hearts, minds, emotions, and senses as you compare well-known and little-known film portraits of Jesus with the Jesus of the Bible. This remarkable program will spark discussion, interaction, application, and growth. Together, you'll share life-changing discoveries about God, the Bible, and yourselves. Best of all, you'll come face-to-face with the most compelling, creative, challenging, fearless, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying person anyone can know: Jesus Christ. The Jesus I Never Knew curriculum includes 1 130-minute video containing 24 film clips and introductions by Philip Yancey to each session and to each of the film clips; 1 Participant's Guide (additional copies may be purchases separately); 1 Leader's Guide with everything you need for conducting powerful sessions; 1 copy of the book The Jesus I Never Knew. 14 sessions; 1 130-minute video
An old adage says, "God created man in His own image and man has been returning the favor ever since." Philip Yancey realized that despite a lifetime attending Sunday school topped off by a Bible college education, he really had no idea who Jesus was. In fact, he found himself further and further removed from the person of Jesus, distracted instead by flannel-graph figures and intellectual inspection. He determined to use his journalistic talents to approach Jesus, in the context of time, within the framework of history.
In The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey explores the life of Jesus, as he explains, "'from below,' to grasp as best I can what it must have been like to observe in person the extraordinary events unfolding in Galilee and Judea" as Jesus traveled and taught. Yancey examines three fundamental questions: who Jesus was, why he came, and what he left behind. Step by step, scene by scene, Yancey probes the culture into which Jesus was born and grew to adulthood; his character and mission; his teachings and miracles; his legacy--not just as history has told it, but as he himself intended it to be.
Yancey is not alone in his examination of the "real" Jesus. Publishing today is replete with writers committed to setting the story "straight,quot; joining countless others who, over the past 2,000 years, have determined to discover the truth about Jesus. But where others would deconstruct and discount, Yancey disarms and discloses. We become colleagues with him as he examines the accounts of the life of Jesus. And among the things that we discover is that Jesus himself leaves us few options: either he was who he said he was or he was nuts.
Philip Yancey was awarded the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year award for this book in 1996 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. It's not the first, nor the last, award Yancey has won for his writing. But the writing is not necessarily the great gift of this book. Yancey allows the reader to discover, along with him, The Jesus I Never Knew. --Patricia Klein