Jesus the Christ

By James E. Talmage

Synopsis: A biography on the life of Jesus Christ, written by the literary master and apostle James E. Talmage, and commissioned by the First Presidency. The editorial board for the book was the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and therefore it has a unique position among gospel books. It has long been a great classic in Latter-day Saint literature.

Strong Points: This book is absolutely incredible. It ought to be found in the home of every Latter-day Saint. In masterful language and story-telling, it gives a recounting of the events in the New Testament with insights and explanations that bring an excellent understanding to the events. It is told so well, I had a very difficult time putting the book down, particularly at the climax of the historical events surrounding the crucifixion, and have since considered it my favorite book I have read.

Weak Points: In Jesus the Christ, Talmage did not make use of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, a situation that has been corrected by later writers on the same topic.

Interesting: 5/5

Must Read: 5/5

Overall: 5/5


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