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Jesus Throughout the Pages of Scripture January 18, 2013
Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola work together to bring this volume on the life of Jesus, perhaps the first of its kind. What makes this piece unique from biographies of the life of Jesus is that Sweet and Viola highlight their way from Genesis through Revelation identifying Jesus throughout the pages of Scripture. In considering the reason this differentiates it from other works, they point out that those writing such biographies are usually by individuals pursuing the question of the “historical Jesus” and they rarely regard the entire canon for their purposes (though I certainly would not accuse them of not reading it). Those who do look to bring the whole Bible into a unified work are often tracing the meta-narrative and are not focused simply on Jesus. Yet, these men set out to do just that. And why? As they point out, because Jesus Himself did so (xiii). Among other justifications for this hermeneutic, they note the Emmaus Road pericope at the end of Luke’s Gospel where, “beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27). So that is precisely where these men head.
Beginning in eternity past, they note the pre-existence of Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity. Following this are two chapters on creation where they parallel the days of creation with epochs of Jesus’ life in the first and regard specific details of creation noting parallels in Christ’s life in the second. The bulk of the book are taken up with chapters that do work through different segments of Jesus’ earthly existence but with a heavy look back to the First Testament (Sweet and Viola’s term for the Old Testament, meant to reveal the two parts of the Bible not as separate and distinct writings but as the continuation of one story). They round out their work with a look to the “Return of the King” in Revelation.
It is a well-crafted book. It is easy to read and has some interesting appendices and notes for further study. The authors define their audience early and well. They admit whole-heartedly that they are writing to the general Christian population. This book is not overly academic and it does not spend much time defending a Christian worldview. Those are discussions for a different time.
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Review by Eric
Jesus says, “The Scriptures point to me!” (John 5:39 NLT). But what does that mean exactly?
The twenty-seven books of the New Testament are largely a commentary on the Old Testament, and each part of the Bible is a signpost to Jesus. Once this is properly understood, everything changes, including our own identities. In this magisterial work you will discover a Jesus who is larger, more glorious, and more challenging than most of us have ever imagined.
Biographies of Jesus generally have been written by those trying to investigate the historical Jesus with little attention given to the grand narrative of Scripture. On the flip side, those interested in tracing the theology of Scripture are typically disinterested in historical Jesus studies. These two approaches have yet to converge...until now.
Jesus is written for the average reader as well as scholars. Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (authors of Jesus Manifesto) unfold the greatest story ever told in a fresh and invigorating way. So whether you are a seasoned Christian, a new believer, or someone who is intrigued by Jesus, this book unveils the discoveries of a lifetime, transforming the tired and familiar way we have read the Bible into an electrifying journey of rediscovering Christ.
Introducing a new kind of Jesus biography.
In this compelling work, authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola reclaim the entire Bible as a gripping narrative about Jesus Christ.
Virtually every other “Jesus biography” begins with the nativity account in Bethlehem. In this groundbreaking book, Sweet and Viola begin before time, in the Triune God, and tell the complete interconnected story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.
Jesus: A Theography is the first book ever written to combine historical Jesus studies with biblical theology, crafting together one breathtaking saga that tells the Jesus story in both Old and New Testaments. This flagship book demonstrates clearly that every bit of Scripture is part of the same stunning drama, what the authors refer to as the theography of Jesus Christ.
|Publication Date||October 2, 2012|