Jesus: A Theography is the new book from Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola. Sweet and Viola are the Starsky and Hutch of theological literature. when they write a book together, or on their own for that matter, it’s a must read.
books written about Jesus usually do one of two things: 1. investigate the historical Jesus/ignore Scripture, or 2. focus on Scripture and give little attention to the historical piece. Jesus: A Theography does both. it’s a Biblically based, theological biography.
this book gets at the big picture, the grand narrative, of Scripture. Jesus’ story doesn’t simply begin at Christmas. Jesus’ story is told from Genesis to Revelation; and Sweet and Viola tell and comment on this story beautifully.
“The Scriptures point to me!” Jesus says in John 5. this book is formed by and built around this idea… that the Scriptures, not just the New Testament, points to Jesus and tells Jesus’ story.
Jesus is a new classic for the Church. it’s well written, insightful, and a delight to read. it would make for great reading/conversation for small groups or in conjunction with Bible study. going through it as a sermon series with the Biblical texts would be interesting. it’s also a marvelous book for reading and reflection.
Jesus: A Theography is a must read for those who care about Jesus.
*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*