(Book review) The Forgotten Jesus


Reviewed by: Hope Bolinger, a professional writing major at Taylor University, Upland, IN

 


Introduction

Title: The Forgotten Jesus  

Author: Robby Gallaty

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print book

Length: 224 pages

OVERVIEW

The Western idea of Jesus may envision him as a carpenter fashioning wood. Such a perception of him may cause individuals to wonder why in the world Jesus always appeared to answer each question with another inquiry. Gallaty offers a philosophical perspective on that.  He also does some challenging of long-held Bible beliefs, such as casting doubt on the idea that the wise men followed an actual literal star in the sky for years as a way of finding young Jesus, and whether or not an actual rooster crowed right after Peter denied Jesus three times.  Gallaty introduces readers to the contextual clues a first century Jew would read into the biblical text. In doing so he feels he can clear up some of the translation errors in the New Testament, while enhancing a reader’s understanding of the Messiah and the world he lived in.

This book is not well organized and some of the writing is inarticulate. Nevertheless, the majority of the book offers insights about Jesus the Jew, not adding anything to Scripture but, rather, enriching a Westerner’s perspective. At time dipping into the Old Testament, Gallaty reconciles the rift between the two sections of the Bible (especially since some Christians spend very little time reading the Old Testament) to show the impact of Jewish heritage and culture on Jesus.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Christians with Western influence who are curious about an Eastern perspective of Jesus.

Christian Impact

Christians often avoid the Old Testament. However, the scriptures preceding the life of the Messiah play a vital role (i.e. prophecies, symbols, etc.). Gallaty give several examples of these parallels between the Old and New Testament in The Forgotten Jesus.



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