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This fascinating addition to the best-selling Who Was...? series does not settle questions of theology. Instead, it presents young readers with a biography that covers what is known historically about Jesus and places in his life in the context of his world when Jerusalem was part of the Roman Empire. In an even-handed and easy-to-read narrative, this title—illustrated wit This fascinating addition to the best-selling Who Was...? series does not settle questions of theology. Instead, it presents young readers with a biography that covers what is known historically about Jesus and places in his life in the context of his world when Jerusalem was part of the Roman Empire. In an even-handed and easy-to-read narrative, this title—illustrated with eighty black-and-white drawings—also explains the early origins of Christianity and how it became a major religion.


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This fascinating addition to the best-selling Who Was...? series does not settle questions of theology. Instead, it presents young readers with a biography that covers what is known historically about Jesus and places in his life in the context of his world when Jerusalem was part of the Roman Empire. In an even-handed and easy-to-read narrative, this title—illustrated wit This fascinating addition to the best-selling Who Was...? series does not settle questions of theology. Instead, it presents young readers with a biography that covers what is known historically about Jesus and places in his life in the context of his world when Jerusalem was part of the Roman Empire. In an even-handed and easy-to-read narrative, this title—illustrated with eighty black-and-white drawings—also explains the early origins of Christianity and how it became a major religion.

30 review for Who Was Jesus?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leta Blake

    My 9yo says, "I did not learn many new things about Jesus and there weren't many details. But I did like that they talked about Jesus as the man the Christians believe is the son of God and not as though it is a fact that Jesus is the son of God. That was good."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Camdyn Dahman

    It is kind of like some story's in the bible where it tells all about Jesus Brith and his life in till he rose from the dead in some of the chapters it tells about important people in Jesus's life

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I gave this book 5 stars because it is happy and interesting

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Menta

    I loved this book it taught me a lot love the series too ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💙💙💙💙💙💙😍😍😍😍😍😍

  5. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Definitely great for a kid who would have trouble actually understanding the gospels. I learned a few things.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsie Erin

    I was a little surprised to see Jesus as part of the "Who was...?" series but I was very impressed with how this book was written. Now that I have read the book it is not so surprising to find Jesus as part of the series. The series looks at famous figures and generally "historic" figures and includes facts about the people's lives and references to things and events during the person's lifetime. This book talks about Jesus from a religious and historic viewpoint. I thought it was very objective I was a little surprised to see Jesus as part of the "Who was...?" series but I was very impressed with how this book was written. Now that I have read the book it is not so surprising to find Jesus as part of the series. The series looks at famous figures and generally "historic" figures and includes facts about the people's lives and references to things and events during the person's lifetime. This book talks about Jesus from a religious and historic viewpoint. I thought it was very objective and would suit both those faithful to the Christian religion and those of other faiths or no faith who want to learn about Jesus. The story of Jesus in this book is guided by the Gospels but does not make any religious claims. Over all an excellent read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Difficult topic to entertain because of the religious aspects that accompany it. Brothers and sisters? Not everyone believes he was the son of God. These books should remain neutral, "Just the facts, ma'am." How does the author suppose there are 2 billion Christians? Not everyone shows up to church anymore, or however else they acquired their statistics. Too much bothered me here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Kids perspective : It was a very very good book even though I already knew some of the facts. It taught me more facts about Jesus and how he lived back in the day. I would recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Loren Johnson

    Although none of this information is new to me, I think it was a wonderful book, and perfect for younger children. The illustrations were beautiful, and it was well written. Very enjoyable.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Ok Well first of all the bible never says there were 3 wise men....It also doesn't say they came to the manager and have gifts. The wise men came to Mary and Joseph's house when he was a young child. Also, baptism isn't the washing away of sins. In too of it, they left out the entire reason why Jesus came. To save people from their sin and hell, to give eternal life. I guess the author didn't do her research.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Kowalsky

    I read this book during Easter. I thought this book told a very easy and inspirational story of Jesus' life and death. I read it with my family. We all learned a new detail or were reminded of something we had forgotten.

  12. 4 out of 5

    JJgirl

    Jesus is the son of God. His father was Joseph, and is mother was Mary. Jesus had followers. They were called the "twelve disciples." On the Sabbath day Jews were not supposed to do work. Jesus can perform miracles. An example is when he was at a wedding and they ran out of wine, Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water. When had done that Jesus told hem to take the jars to the wine steward, then the wine steward tasted it............and it was wine! Jesus had many people that followe Jesus is the son of God. His father was Joseph, and is mother was Mary. Jesus had followers. They were called the "twelve disciples." On the Sabbath day Jews were not supposed to do work. Jesus can perform miracles. An example is when he was at a wedding and they ran out of wine, Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water. When had done that Jesus told hem to take the jars to the wine steward, then the wine steward tasted it............and it was wine! Jesus had many people that followed him and worshiped him, but Jesus also had enemies like the rich people. The rich thought Jesus liked the poor better even though Jesus liked everyone equally. When Jesus had his last supper with his twelve disciples, Jesus told the disciples that one of them was going to betray Jesus. Pontius Pilate( the governor of Judea) sentenced Jesus to death. Roman soldiers put a crown of thorns on him to mock him because he said to them that he was a king. They nailed him to he cross, and his mother Mary watched him die. Joseph(a rich man) asked Pontius Pilate if he could have Jesus's body in order to bury it. Pilate agreed. Joseph wrapped Jesus up in a linen cloth, and put him in a tomb that had been carved out of rock. When Mary Magdalene had went into the cave and had not seen Jesus she told Peter. When Peter realized that Jesus really was not there, all of the disciples started to spread Jesus's message. Some had been killed for spreading this message, but hey still continued to preach and teach. This shows how much they really love Jesus.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sydnee Gann

    This addition to the "Who was.." collection really explores the real reason for the excitement of Easter and Christmas day. This book is perfect for children, as it has a simplified version of the life and teachings of Jesus, still giving the full and complete meaning behind his ministry and miracles. Read this book to find out the glories of the Jesus Christ! I really liked this book, as it definitely made some things easier to understand, even for me (a sophomore at private institution). I woul This addition to the "Who was.." collection really explores the real reason for the excitement of Easter and Christmas day. This book is perfect for children, as it has a simplified version of the life and teachings of Jesus, still giving the full and complete meaning behind his ministry and miracles. Read this book to find out the glories of the Jesus Christ! I really liked this book, as it definitely made some things easier to understand, even for me (a sophomore at private institution). I would have this book in my classroom to really spark an interest for students about God; I know I cannot promote nor bash this book if put in the public school setting, but I think it would be great to have on hand to address curiosity of students.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    I love this series of books for biographies of famous people and historic events. However, I am not a fan of "Who Was Jesus?" This book would be okay for someone who knows very little about Jesus, however, it contains many inaccuracies about His life. For instance, on page 21, they discuss Jesus's childhood and mention that he may have had several brothers and sisters. We as Catholics believe that Jesus was the only son of Mary. The Bible speaks of Jesus of having many "brothers" but these were I love this series of books for biographies of famous people and historic events. However, I am not a fan of "Who Was Jesus?" This book would be okay for someone who knows very little about Jesus, however, it contains many inaccuracies about His life. For instance, on page 21, they discuss Jesus's childhood and mention that he may have had several brothers and sisters. We as Catholics believe that Jesus was the only son of Mary. The Bible speaks of Jesus of having many "brothers" but these were brothers in a different sense. These "brothers" all had different mothers. This book will not be added to our Catholic elementary library because of this and several other inaccuracies.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cristian Caballero

    The book was about Jesus life and how he became a preacher and how he gave a blessing to other people and they came back alive .Then the king of the country wanted people to tell him if there were a followers of Jesus and then if they said yes, the king would of killed them. Then jonathan , a follower of jesus, said he wasn't but he was so jonathan told the king were was jesus and then they fold jesus and a big problem happed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lo

    This was an excellent read. It covered the historical and mythical aspects of a man who lived 2000 years ago, weaving legend with fact, and discussing him as a person rather than a religious icon. The book lives up to the standards of a children's biography, and even gives a little more in the form of maps and other small facts.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vianni Richards

    Who was Jesus? was incredible book about the life of Jesus Christ. I love the way it took stuff from the bible into this book for kids to understand. I was glued to it and finished it in about 2 days.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Powell

    A great addition to the "Who Was..." Series . This book doesn't preach and doesn't argue for or against Jesus' deity but rather gives the historical information about Jesus and the beginning of Christianity.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary Thomas

    This book was a good overview of the life of Jesus (although my students decided that it should be "Who Is Jesus?" since we believe he came back to life and never died again!). I was a little bored since I knew all the stories that it referenced, but I thought the author did a nice job.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Gives the facts as best as possible from historical record about the life of Jesus. Good for a quick overview of him.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    too much @#$&***@#$ bible stuff . too much @#$&***@#$ bible stuff .

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joey Oborne

    GREAT BOOK, Tells lots of facts about Jesus and his timeline

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I am so very grateful for my Savior. The more I read and learn about him the more I want to strive to be like him. I fail every day but I know that every day is better than the last.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alysha

    I read this book with my sons. They already knew the Bible stories that were retold in the book. My youngest was even telling me bits and pieces of the stories he has learned in school before I could finish reading but it still seemed to catch their attention. I liked the facts that were thrown in to help explain who the disciples were and facts about how life/the world was in Jesus’ time that were explained throughout the book. Those were the ‘new’ aspects for my boys. This was a quick read but I read this book with my sons. They already knew the Bible stories that were retold in the book. My youngest was even telling me bits and pieces of the stories he has learned in school before I could finish reading but it still seemed to catch their attention. I liked the facts that were thrown in to help explain who the disciples were and facts about how life/the world was in Jesus’ time that were explained throughout the book. Those were the ‘new’ aspects for my boys. This was a quick read but we enjoyed our reading time together with this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Some Reader

    The reason I choose to read the book is because I'm interested in Jesus from a historical perspective, not from a spiritual one. I’d like to learn something about this person who I hear about a lot. Since Christians make up the largest religious group on Earth, he has certainly shaped our current world. As someone who knows too little about the character of Jesus, this book served as a basic introduction from which I can start learning more and more. It gives little details and it doesn't go in The reason I choose to read the book is because I'm interested in Jesus from a historical perspective, not from a spiritual one. I’d like to learn something about this person who I hear about a lot. Since Christians make up the largest religious group on Earth, he has certainly shaped our current world. As someone who knows too little about the character of Jesus, this book served as a basic introduction from which I can start learning more and more. It gives little details and it doesn't go in depth because it’s a children’s book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tayden Christians

    This book was actually really good. Honestly I initially read it to get my books in but I enjoyed it. It was cool to read about how the whole Christian belief came to be. It was a pretty easy read. I liked the beginning part because of how he was walking on water. I learned a lot from this book. If you read it I hope you enjoy it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daphne Kim

    My daughter rated this 3 stars and describes it as like reading the Bible in a more fascinating way. I found that it is very Biblically based and brings only a bit of historical context beyond what is in the Bible.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marnie

    While not a history buff myself, I thought this did a good job of giving an overview of who Jesus was from a historical perspective- and who he is to people of different religions. If you are a church-goer, you probably know much of what is covered here. But it was a good summary for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Chang

    Good introduction to the subject and well written The book tells in simple and straight language about the life, teaching, and influence of Jesus. It has a bibliography and two useful timelines at the end. Very informative for readers who have no idea about Jesus.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Eleanor says she would give this book 9,000,000 stars. I really liked the way it was written for kids in a way that they can understand more about Jesus but it was still delivered in a kid-centered way. Eleonora also likes to learn more about Jesus. Jesus is great, and they crucified him.

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