What Should You Read (extrabiblical) About Jesus?

The Tuesday feature of the Worldly Saints is all about reading. The post is meant to share some of my reflections from the latest book or magazine article or blog post I have or am reading. At times, I may post a book blurb (a wannabe book review) or recommend books to be read by others.


We have two weeks until we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Last year, I took some time to overview John Piper’s book The Passion of Jesus Christ, where he surveys fifty reasons Jesus came to die. To read those various posting, you can click here.

To prepare you (my faithful blog readers) for this season of thinking about the work of Christ on the cross and in the tomb, I thought I might give you a recommended reading list (or a list of books to add to your “To Buy” list). In no particular order, here are some books on my reading list for Christology.

  • The Coming Prince by Sir Robert Anderson. The value of this book is really his explanation of Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy (Dan 9:20-27) where he shows mathematically how we can calculate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus (Matt 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19). I used this resource on the three occasions I taught through the Book of Daniel. It’s a heavy read, but worth the careful consideration.
  • The Death of the Messiah by Raymond Brown. I don’t you to read this two-volume work of 1500+ pages before Easter, but what a helpful reference it can be. Brown goes into great detail (historically, culturally, etc.) about the events leading to His death and surround His death. Very few Catholic authors would I recommend, but Brown is one of them.
  • The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim. If you are intimated by the above mentioned work, this single volume work is better suited for the laymen. Adapting the same qualities are Brown’s work, this book should be a companion for any student or teacher who is teaching the life of Christ.
  • Who is Jesus? by Greg Gilbert. I cannot recommend this book enough. Recently, I read a book review where there reviewer said this is our generation’s More Than a Carpenter (a book written by Josh McDowell a few decades ago), and I couldn’t agree more. We ordered extra copies to give out to visitors at WBC and I am thankful for my friend who recommended this book answering the most important question we can answer, “Who is Jesus?”
  • The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur. This exposition of the passages surrounding Jesus’ death is classic MacArthur. MacArthur rightfully concludes that the ultimate sender of Jesus to His death wasn’t us or Satan but the Father Himself. You will enjoy this theological treatise of how and why the Father send the Son to be executed.
  • The Word and Works of Jesus Christ by Dwight Pentecost. This book is similar to the Edersheim book mentioned above but it is even more simple in it’s composition. I would eagerly put this tool in the hands of a teenager or an elderly person. It is helpful that each section he discusses is also a harmonizing of each of the four Gospels.
  • The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware. A helpful, but short, discourse on the meaning of Christ being 100% God and 100% man. Ware shares memorable illustrations of how these two aspects of His person work together; preachers everywhere will appreciate them and use them in their own sermons.

There are honorable mentions I could add, but won’t give you blurbs about unless you ask for them: The Ascension by Tim Chester, The Incomparable Christ by John Stott, More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell, The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper, Scandalous by D.A. Carson, and The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross by A.W. Pink


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