Since it was first published in September 1915, Jesus the Christ has been a classic text on the life and ministry of the Savior. Elder Marion G. Romney has said, “One who gets the understanding, the vision, and the spirit of the resurrected Lord through a careful study of the text Jesus the Christ by Elder James E. Talmage will find that he has greatly increased his moving faith in our glorified Redeemer.”
In his preface to the first edition, Elder Talmage wrote: “The author has departed from the course usually followed by writers on the Life of Jesus Christ, which course, as a rule, begins with the birth of Mary's Babe and ends with the ascension of the slain and risen Lord from Olivet. The treatment embodied in these pages, in addition to the narrative of the Lord's life in the flesh, comprises the antemortal existence and activities of the world's Redeemer, the revelations and personal manifestations of the glorified and exalted Son of God during the apostolic period of old and in modern times, the assured nearness of the Lord's second advent, and predicted events beyond — all so far as the Holy Scriptures make it plain.”
“It is particularly congruous and appropriate that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-the only Church that affirms authority based on specific revelation and commission to use the Lord's Holy Name as a distinctive designation-should set forth her doctrines concerning the Messiah and His mission.”
Dr. Talmage first presented his study on the Savior as a series of lectures delivered under the auspices of the Deseret Sunday School Union Board at the LDS University in Salt Lake City from September 1904 to April 1906. He was subsequently asked by the First Presidency of the Church to publish the lectures in book form. Because of other commitments, he was unable to complete this assignment for several years.
On December 8, 1911, Dr. Talmage was ordained a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Less than three years later he was able at last to continue his work on the manuscript, writing in longhand,in a council room on the fourth floor of the Salt Lake Temple. As chapters were completed, he presented them to the First Presidency, members of the Twelve, and Sunday School board members.
In his journal under date of April 19, 1915, Elder Talmage wrote: “Finished the actual writing on the book Jesus the Christ, to which I have devoted every spare hour since settling down to the work of composition on September 14th last. Had it not been that I was privileged to do this work in the Temple it would be at present far from completion. I have felt the inspiration of the place and have appreciated the privacy and quietness incident thereto. I hope to proceed with the work of revision without delay.”
Published more than eight decades ago and translated into many languages, Jesus the Christ, has become a truly classic volume in Mormon literature.
Republished: August 1986
Illustrated Edition Released: November 2002
Collector's Edition Released: November 2004
As a youth, I avoided Talmage's study of Christ because all the hearsay about how difficult a read it was, often requiring a dictionary to decipher the language. When I finally tried it, I was surprised at how approachable it was.
Now, I try to read this every summer, as I think it should be incorporated into regular study and reflection, alongside the scriptures. Indeed, this book sheds light on much of the scriptures, particularly the New Testament. Talmage's writing style is authoritative and quite scholarly, which is why I think many find it hard to get into; however, I think the scholarly tone (and references) legitimizes the book as a genuine study of The Savior.
Everyone should try to read this at least once. Great insight into the Savior and his life and ministry. I did struggle with reading because it is written in a scholar format which I'm not used to but it is still a great book!
This is a great book that talks about a lot of things about the life of Jesus that you would not know otherwise. It is easy to understand.
During my mission I was told that this book was difficult to read. By reading it I discovered that as the reader I was asked to deeply think about its contents. It has become my favorite book.
Jesus The Christ is most beneficial book a person could ever read next to the scriptures. Talmage depicts the life from beginning to end of the Savior and he does an amazing job. This book is one written in the temple and included in the missionary library. If you want to learn more of Jesus is a logical way add this book to your library, it includes evidences and citations of all information quoted.
Jesus the Christ is an indepth study of Christ. I felt a more personal connection to my Savior and greater understanding of his earthly ministry.
We have all experienced or heard of the power of Elder Talmage's words. Since reading this amazing work, I have been surprised at the number of sources he uses to fully research so many aspects of the Savior's life. This is truly an inspired work by one of the this dispensation's most scholarly astute Apostles. Jesus the Christ is a literary treasure and well deserving of this special leather bound edition.
Cuando yo lei este libro me senti muy feliz de conocer y entender la vida y las ensenanzas de Jesucristo(al menos en una muy minima parte), lo que mas me gusto fue como se describen todas las Parabolas y la manera tan didactica de exponerlas. El elder Thalmage lo ayuda a uno a aprender de la vida y obra de Jesucristo y al leer su libro uno se motiva a seguir el ejemplo que El nos dio.