“Jesus, a Theography” by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola

This book examines Christ. Christ before time, in Creation (macro and micro), His birth and younger years, the years the Bible doesn’t account for, His preparation for ministry, His baptism and temptation, His mission statement, His signs and miracles, His teachings and preachings, how He was fully human, how He was fully G-d, His crucifixion, His atonement, His resurrection, His ascension, His gift of Pentecost, and His return. This book examines the entire fold of Christ. Everything He has been, is, and will be a part of. It is the Jesus story.

This book is about how we are too comfortable, and too familiar, with the person of Christ. Christianity as a whole has created an image that perhaps the Scriptures can refresh and update. Using the New Testament as a commentary, and enlightenment, of the Old Testament, we can obtain a complete picture of the person of Christ.

Sweet and Viola have a distinct writing style. Whenever one of their books is available for me to review, I tend to jump on the opportunity. Their ability to ease the reader into the complexity of theology is astounding, as well has how they can simplify life scenarios to align with biblical narrative and guidance. They tend to take a fresh, and sometimes controversial, stance on Scripture, but as the phrasing goes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” That said, their arguments are not unheard of. There is a movement building today that matches what they present in their book, and their book is a welcome addition to the discussion of the person of Christ.

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