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Jesus: A Theography by [Sweet, Leonard, Viola, Frank]
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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.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BJENT1S
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  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (1 October 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing (AU)
  • Language: English
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If you want to know who Jesus Christ is really, this is the book to read alongside your Bible. It will touch your heart deeply as you discover just how much Jesus Christ accomplished through His life and atoning work on the cross and His victorious resurrection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book! 24 January 2013
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Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola put together a book that (to me) blows other modern Jesus portrayals out of the water. If your view of Jesus and the gospel-centric message is, or has become, dull or vapid, I strongly suggest this book.

In this current state of time and space, we cannot conceive the true height, depth, or breadth of the reality of Jesus. However, Jesus: A Theography is a narrative that reveals our Lord in a sweeping manner, spanning from the Cosmic Christ who preexists time and space, to the incarnate God-Man who redeemed humanity, to the Risen Lord who currently acts as a Life-giving spirit and who will, at the culmination of the age, return to reconcile all things to Himself!

After completing Jesus: A Theography, I was left in a state of humble, reverent wonder of a Christ Jesus who is truly beyond all comprehension, but who paradoxically is deeply personal with the unflinching nuances of humanity.

Once again, I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Word Picture of Jesus 25 January 2013
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This is an excellent book bringing historical Jesus research together with theology (biography + theology = theography). As I read through the book, I felt as though a word picture of Jesus was being built through its pages. Jesus: A Theography chronicles the story of Jesus from before creation through His future return to Earth, using both old and new testaments to point toward Christ. There were many new insights to me in this book that caused me to stop and ponder a new aspect of Christ and the Christian faith. The book contains tons of research compiled in extensive end notes. I enjoyed reading some of the additional information in the end notes as much as the main text, but I enjoy reading about Jewish/Christian history. Following is a quote from near the end of the book:

"This brings us back to the original thesis of this book. The Bible is the narrative of Jesus - the Christ, the Savior, the living Lord, and our All. On every page of the First [Old] Testament, God poured out His heart. He bled with His people long and hard before He entered earth through the womb of a young virgin girl in Bethlehem. In the ocean of words that many call 'the Hebrew Bible,' God revealed His character to us. He dispassionately enumerated His heart's desire - and with fiery passion, He laid out His plan. The cry of God through Jesus bled through every page from Genesis to Malachi. And in Matthew, YHWH took on human flesh and broke into planet Earth. The living Word of God clothed Himself with mortality and became one of us. And in so doing, He fulfilled every promise. Jesus, therefore, is God's best and final word."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Able to grasp the Bigger Scheme of Things 21 November 2012
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Reality is not an enlightenment or post enlightenment construct or concept - reality is a person.
Or at least, reality is shrouded in the mystery revealed as Jesus of the Bible.

This book helps the reader see this bigger picture, how it fits into the person of Christ - how the bible's bigger picture actually is Christ Himself.

Where as the authors in Jesus Manifesto issued a call for the church towards this...they have now attempted supply the content.

After reading, one should be more humbly able to hover over old testament texts and worship Jesus from those texts, (without bending the meaning...or reading into the text something that isn't really there.) ('Eternity from Here' by Viola is another work which can be helpful in this regard.)

Again, there is a wholeness, a larger picture of the grand story of God, as who-Christ-IS, which can be learned from these pages. Another way of describing this book, would be a fleshing out of the scriptural backing of 'Epic Jesus' also by Viola.

The section on the meta narrative being more like a ring story which comes "full circle" was interesting and a very edifying addition - to what many may know as a more linear line of creation/fall/restoration (where Christ often is reduced to a mere bit player in the drama.)

The style is orderly enough, while taking occasional breaks to more thought provoking/poetic/devotional styled sections. (This should equally appease both right brained and left brained people, making the book good for group study.) Reading the foot notes and appendices are highly recommended. The quotations of various scholars alone makes for a good read.

If you are like me, you do well to be refreshed by a larger vision...that of what God has done and is doing according to the Bible, that of who God is, and who we are...that we may see it all as the glory of God...but more specifically and precisely, in the face or person of Jesus Christ.

May it be so, as you read this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vast View of Our Lovely Lord Jesus 14 February 2013
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Jesus: A Theography, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, is quite a book at 409 pages. A significant number of those pages consists of footnotes for each chapter. This immense "theography" of Jesus covers Christ, from eternity past to His second coming (and everything in between). It's not only an objective study of Christ, but also very practical at times.

Honestly, Jesus: A Theography is a difficult book to review. I found some parts of the book very enjoyable, but other parts somewhat tedious. There are different perspectives taken throughout the book and I think that this ensures that every reader will find some enjoyment of Christ within its pages.

If you enjoy reading the Scriptures, there are references. If you enjoy types and symbols, these are considered. If you enjoy a historical view, historical aspects are presented. Plus, I think you will find much, much more. But, you can find all of these things in many books.

What makes Jesus: A Theography unique, is that it's entirely focused on Christ. Not only Jesus of Nazareth, but the eternal Christ Jesus. Our Lord Jesus is so lovely, so vast, and so all-inclusive, there is no single book that can fully express Him. But, Jesus: A Theography gives us a wonderful view of Him, and it is rooted in the Scriptures.

I recommend this book to all saints, who desire to know our Lord more deeply.

Although, I received this book for free from Booksneeze, but I also purchased an electronic version, so that I could read the footnotes more easily, and so that I could share it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with theFederal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Jesus: A Theography 26 November 2012
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Review of "Jesus: A Theography" by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

This book above any other, including the Bible should be read by every follower of Jesus Christ. It is the one book that can help every gathering of brothers and sisters around this globe see how the Bible is to be read and understood. Too often people, Christian or otherwise will take the Bible and read it like any other book without understanding the unique way God meant for it to be read. Leonard and Frank remind us "that all the Scriptures are held together by a single narrative: the story of Jesus Christ."

What Leonard and Frank do is none other than what Jesus said to the Jewish leaders: "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you possess eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life" (John 5:39-40, TNIV). And later to His disciples in Luke: "He said to them, `This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.' Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures." (Luke 24:44-45, TNIV).

Throughout church history brothers and sisters have often divided themselves over various interpretations of the Bible, because of using a wrong hermeneutic. Thankfully there have always been remnants of God's people who "got it" throughout church history. Today is another one of those days in church history. Now in this unique book all of God's people can see the unique way the Bible was meant to be read, not just a few. Leonard and Frank want believers to see that "the Bible contains its own hermeneutic" by which we understand the Scriptures: "Jesus Himself was the common source...Jesus is the interpretative key of the Bible...everything in the Bible points to Jesus - either His person, His work, or His character...He is the Canon within the canon."

As Leonard and Frank say: "In a word, Jesus is the thread that holds all Scripture together. He is the prism that breaks forth its multifaceted colors. He is the lens that puts all of it into focus, the switch that sheds light on its dimly lit quarters, and the key that unlocks its meaning and richness."

The authors also help inform the brothers and sisters when reading the Bible that history and composition matter. "The Bible didn't emerge out of a vacuum. It is historical but also metaphorical and narrative story of truth written within history." They state that "biblical logic defies logic. The Bible was written in a circle" because they were written at a time when the spoken word was written in what is called "ring composition." The connections in the Bible are done "not sequentially but synoptically" because it is a "story-circle" not a "story-line." As such reading the Bible must take into consideration the literary constructions of "(1) parallelism, (2) chiasmus, and (3) latch" which the authors describe in the book and as they relate it to reading the Bible in their many examples throughout the chapters of "Jesus: A Theography." Too often the Bible is read like a novel, quickly, focusing on key parts, and then once done put it on the shelf. Or it is read like a `self-help' book and we read only those parts we can `apply' to make our lives `better.' Because the Bible was written in "ring composition" it "forces one to slow down and pay attention to the details while never losing sight of the whole."

It has been said by many that the "Introduction: The Jesus Story" from Leonard and Frank's book is worth the price of the book. I would heartily agree! In fact this review is a review of the introduction because of this one section's importance. In the rest of the book the authors pick up the Bible with the reader and together peer into Christ as they look afresh into the First and Second Testaments, the terms the authors use for the Old and New Testament. The rest of "Jesus: A Theography" applies what they speak of in their Introduction to help the brothers and sisters "discover that the entire story of Israel in the First Testament repeats itself in the life of Christ in the Second Testament. And it does so in almost every detail. In this regard, Jesus not only fulfills the First Testament narrative but also reenacts, relives, and replays it." In the end the authors make an astute comment: "Don't try to figure everything out or get everything right. Just let the story unfold. Let the Bible tell its own story to you. Trust the Jesus story as it moves from Genesis to Revelation. And see if the Holy Spirit doesn't open your eyes to see the greatness of Christ anew and afresh."

There have been many complicated theories and opinions put forth about many sundry things in the Bible, things that get the focus instead of Christ Jesus our Lord. I would encourage you to get a copy of this excellent book and see how Christ comes afresh from the pages of the Bible. Then as you read the Bible for yourself, see, as the authors tell us, that all the words of the Bible should be in "red" letters. May the Father by His Spirit open our eyes to Christ in the Bible! And let us not stop their, because it is only the beginning, "the elementary truth's of God's word... the elementary teachings about Christ" (Hebrews 5:12, 6:1, TNIV) because in truth the Scriptures teach us that God wants us to know the Christ, in Reality in one another!

May the prayer of Paul given to the brothers and sisters in Ephesus be our reality: "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe...I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 1:17-19a, 3:16-19, TNIV).