The Jesus I Never Knew

Philip YanceyPhilip Yancey prepared a 14 week study (1997) to accompany his book, The Jesus I Never Knew, originally published in 1995. The book was based on a class he taught at La Salle Street Church in Chicago using movies about the life of Jesus. Yancey collated a curriculum using video clips, Bible study and discussion.

Individual study, Small Group, Large groups with capacity for small group discussion.

Styles of Learning
Reading, journalling, movies, Scriptures, discussion.

Number of sessions

Length of sessions
90 – 120 minutes

The Jesus I Never Knew Encounter with Jesus, looking beyond traditional picture to ‘uncover a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying.’

Theological Perspective

Age Group
Young Adult, Adult

Specific leadership requirements

Country of origin

Available in languages other than English
The book is available in Chinese and Spanish (El Jesus Que Nunca Conoci)

Resources provided
The book is available in paperback in varying prices from Christian bookshops everywhere, including Koorong, Word and Open Books. The Study Guide, prepared by Yancey with Brenda Quinn, is designed to be used in small groups in conjuction with the book. It is available at most Christian bookshops. The book is available in cassette form, read by the author, in abridged and unabridged formats.

The video curriculum is 130 minutes long and has 24 film clips and an introduction by Philip Yancey to each session and to each film clip. The kit comes with 1 participant’s guide, 1 leader’s guide and 1 hardcover copy of the book. It is available from Open Books.

Where to purchase
Koorong, Word,


Technology needed
If using the video, a video player and TV/projector.

Web site
Zondervan’s Author Profile for Philip Yancey

National/Regional Advisors

Uniting Church Congregations using The Jesus I never knew


The Jesus I thought I knew
The Visited Planet
Background: Jewish Roots and Soil
Temptation: Showdown in the Desert
Profile: What Would I Have Noticed?
Beatitudes: Lucky are the Unlucky
Message: A Sermon of Offence
Mission: A Revolution of Grace
Miracles: Snapshots of the Supernatural
Death: The Final Week
Resurrection: A Morning Beyond Belief
Ascension: A Blank Blue Sky
Kingdom: Wheat Among the Weeds
The Difference He Makes

2 thoughts on “The Jesus I Never Knew

  1. Bosco

    The Jesus I never knew is an inspiring and touching book. thanks a lot for Philip Yancey for your contribution to the humanity.
    May God bless you

  2. grace

    I’m blessed to read Yancey’s books. the Jesus I Never Knew has taught me many lessons about Jesus i’ve never thought of; a book that helps me understand concerning christians and politics and how i should not forget the mission of the church.
    What’s so Amazing about Grace is a great book that shows me what is grace in real life. thanks.

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