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  • Why the Old Testament Matters
  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Philip Yancey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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The Bible Jesus Read

By: Philip Yancey
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Philip Yancey has a way of confronting our most cherished - but misguided - notions about the Christian life. In The Bible Jesus Read, Yancey challenges the perception that the New Testament is more important than the Old, that the Hebrew Scriptures aren't worth the time they take to read and understand them. Writing as always with keen insight into the human condition and God’s provision for it, Yancey debunks this theory once and for all. Yes, he agrees, the Old Testament can be baffling, boring, and even offensive to the modern reader. But as he personally discovered, the Old Testament is full of rewards for the one who embraces its riches.

With his candid, signature style, Yancey unfolds his interactions with the Old Testament from the perspective of his own deeply personal journey. From Moses, the amazing prince of Egypt, to the psalmists' turbulent emotions and the prophets' oddball rantings, Yancey paints a picture of Israel's God - and ours - that fills in the blanks of a solely New Testament vision of the Almighty.

As he reconnects for us the strong, sinuous chords that bind the Old and New Testaments, Yancey reclaims the Reformers' deep sense of unity between the two. Most important, he says, reading the Scriptures that Jesus so revered gives believers a profound new understanding of Christ, the Cornerstone of the new covenant. "The more we comprehend the Old Testament," Yancey writes, "the more we comprehend Jesus."

©1999 Philip D. Yancey (P)1999 Zondervan

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useful for Christians and others

good informative exploration for established and newbies about impact of christ in everyday life .useful.

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  • Jamie
  • 25-06-03

The title is misleading?

This is like cliff notes for the old testament. If you want a quick summary of parts of the old testament then this is OK. He talks alot about the complaining of the Jews and sounds sarcastic when read alot of the scriptures. It does not give you any thoughts on what Jesus got out of the old testament and why he preached the way he did.

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  • R. Whitten
  • 26-01-04

Loved this book -- made me thirsty for some OT

Yeah, the old testament is hard sometimes. But, getting a little background sure helps. Finding out that what I was taught in Sunday School at 10 about the old testament is not enough for a 40+ modern mind should not have been a surprise. God really wants to have personal relationship with people -- that's what the author of this book wants to say, and I'm convinced that the authors of the old testament would agree.

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  • R. Moore
  • 05-08-05

Superb overview of the Old Testament

Something about this book keeps me returning to it time and again when I want to fill a spare half hour or so. That's certainly rare for an audio book, but it has a permanent place on my MP3 player. I particularly like Yancey as the narrator; though he's not super-polished, he provides a very comfortable and engaging narration. He is just a superb author and this book gave me a much deeper understanding of the Old Testament. I would love to see Audible carry the unabridged version.

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  • Ann
  • 26-12-15

Wonderful interpretation of Old Testament books

It is challenging reading the Old Testament but I know it is important to read in order to understand the New Testament. The overview in this book was definitely enlightening. Philip Yancey's voice was clear and very comforting. I thoroughly enjoyed The Bible Jesus Read.

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  • DA
  • 04-12-15

Excellent book with exceptional narration.

Loved it. Excellent narration by the author. Kept me glued from the beginning to the end.

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  • Montclair 65
  • 13-12-22

Excellent Philip Yancey narration of his book

This abridged version of Philip Yancey's "The Bible Jesus Read" gives us more than the essence of this valuable book.
With Yancey's narration we receive an excellent. detailed and thought provoking answer to "Why the Old Testament Matters".

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  • Majadmkd
  • 28-07-22

The Bible is the best book

I enjoyed this book. Philip Yancey opens up scripture in a unique way to help the listener understand it in a simpler way. This is a short book but packed full of hours of wisdom and insight.

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  • supa
  • 23-04-15

Amazing

I really liked this book, I wish to find more like it, it was amazing