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.
|Contributor(s)||Leonard Sweet, Frank Viola|
|About the Contributor(s)||Leonard Sweet
Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (NJ), a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University (OR), and a weekly contributor to Sermons.com and the podcast Napkin Scribbles. A pioneer in online learning with some of the highest "influence" rankings of any religious figure in the world of social media (Twitter, Facebook), he has authored numerous articles, sermons, and more than fifty books.
Frank Viola is a popular conference speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books on the deeper Christian life, including Epic Jesus, Revise Us Again, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (coauthored with Leonard Sweet). His blog Beyond Evangelical is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.
|Release Date||Oct 2, 2012|
- Review by Eric
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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(Posted on 1/18/13)