Jesus: A Theography

Jesus: A Theography

Leonard Sweet Frank Viola / May 26, 2020

Jesus A Theography Jesus says All Scripture points to me John 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 i

  • Title: Jesus: A Theography
  • Author: Leonard Sweet Frank Viola
  • ISBN: 9780849947025
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jesus says, All Scripture points to me John 5 39 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 work you will discover a Jesus who is larger, gloriJesus says, All Scripture points to me John 5 39 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 work you will discover a Jesus who is larger, glorious, and 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.Written for the average reader as well as for scholars, Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola authors of Jesus Manifesto rehearse the greatest story ever told in a fresh and invigorating way 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 magisterial 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 collectively as the theography of Jesus Christ.

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      • Leonard Sweet Frank Viola

        Leonard I Sweet is an author, preacher, scholar, and ordained United Methodist clergyman currently serving as the E Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School, in Madison, New Jersey and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.


    1. Excellent! Contrary to what many believe the subject of the Bible is not about Israel. It's not about heaven. It's not about end times or figuring out who the anti-Christ is in this generation. It's not about learning the rules in the "good book" in order to be "good people." It's not about learning principles to have a more successful life. It's not about faith, or prophecy, or miracles. The subject of the Bible is really only about one thing, actually only one person - Jesus Christ.Or as Frank [...]

    2. Christianity often looks like a lot of things. Many people call themselves Christians and “Christian” as an adjective is slapped onto all sorts of ideologies. I have met people who think the term is so watered down that it has little meaning anymore. What is “Christianity”?A simple answer – if it looks like Jesus, it is Christian. Christianity, ultimately, is about Jesus Christ.Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola did a great service in reminding us of the supremacy and centrality of Jesus Ch [...]

    3. When Jesus says, “All Scripture points to me” (John 5:39, what does that mean exactly? Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola, both authors of Jesus Manifesto, return with their answer: Jesus, a Theography. They show that the 27 books of the second Testament (aka New Testament) are largely a commentary on the first Testament (aka Old Testament). Where written biographies of Jesus try to shine a light on the historical Jesus, these books give little attention given to the grand storyline of the Bibl [...]

    4. I received this Advanced Reader's Copy of Jesus: A Theography from Present Testimony Ministry as a part of Frank Viola's Book Launch Team.For the first time in a long time, I picked up a book to read on a topic of which I was very unaware: the presence of Jesus throughout the entire Bible. Over the years, I had heard about the idea of the pre-incarnate Jesus (which usually was just a checklist of "here's where Jesus appeared), but had not paid it much mind. Until now.The back cover of the book s [...]

    5. Jesus: A Theography by Frank Viola is an outstanding book. Viola seeks to combine a biography with a theology book (which makes complete sense when writing about Jesus) and does an excellent job in completing both elements. Perhaps unexpectedly, the biographical part of Jesus life does not start at Bethlehem but rather before the foundations of the world. These early chapters, relating to Jesus, through whom all things were made, was both interesting and valuable. I do not believe I have ever re [...]

    6. I started to read this book because it was recommended by someone and I appreciated the expressed purpose of the book. After about 50 pages, I had enough. The biblical exegesis seems sloppy. It is certainly hard to follow, with most of the textual references and discussions tacked on as end notes. It also seems that any quote from any theologian or commentator is considered as justification for using odd interpretations of what seem to be rather straightforward texts.Theologically, I was sorely [...]

    7. Jesus:A Theography is a difficult book to review. The book begins, at the very beginning,,,literally. Before the Earth was created. Before Genesis. The very first chapter is titled "Christ Before Time", preincarnate Christ is the description used by the authors. I am not a theology student, just someone searching for the truth. I found this book to be interesting, but I now have more questions than answers. I was impressed by the knowledge and writing style of the authors. I did enjoy reading ab [...]

    8. Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola, is a very unique approach to looking at the person of Jesus. The study of Jesus is done through a mix of both theology and biography.The book is definitely an interesting read and I really enjoyed reading about Jesus not starting with the Gospels, but rather with Genesis. I think this direction is an incredible help especially for those who may be new to scripture, and don’t see the Bible as one flowing narrative. The other thing I apprec [...]

    9. For the full review and other book reviews please visit my blog. Thanks!Jesus Christ is a somewhat controversial figure. Everyone has or is looking for an answer to the question, "Who is (or was) Jesus Christ?" There is very little denying that Jesus was a real person who really walked the earth in the first century AD, but one you get past that there are many divergent answers. The most popular scholarly thing to do in 21st century American culture is to join the quest for the "Historical Jesus [...]

    10. Would you like a juicy biography of Jesus Christ? How about one that brought the entire sweep of the Bible to bear on the subject? Then, you have what you are looking forward to in “Jesus: A Theography” by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola and recently published by Thomas Nelson.Unlike other volumes on the life of Christ, the authors here take us back to eternity past. They vividly paint the scene in Heaven as Jesus leaves to come to Earth for us too. You probably won’t find that between the c [...]

    11. “Jesus: A Theography” (ISBN 9780849947025) by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola starts with words (ideas, actually) of one of my all-time heroes, Einstein.“According to Einstein’s physics, time doesn’t exist without mass and matter. Time, therefore, begins with creation.”The book’s sort of a biography although stated not as such but rather as a theography, in which the missing parts of the Christ story are completed with assumptions coming from interpretation of the Scriptures. The boo [...]

    12. The first thing one must acknowledge about JESUS: A THEOGRAPHY by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (Thomas Nelson, 2012) is that it is written for the layperson who is already a believing Christian what is commonly referred to as an evangelical. It is not scholarly book meant for the seminary student, although I do not want imply that a seminarian would not profit from reading it. It is written in a popular style and does not assume a very sophisticated reader.The central theme of the book is that [...]

    13. A New TouchstoneI read this book in just a few days and it left me overwhelmed. I predict it will be the new touchstone for books about Jesus in the Bible. I've studied the Bible for many years but on almost every page of this book I was having "aha" moments and thinking to myself "I never saw that connection before. I never knew that about Jesus or his disciples. I never knew what those Old Testament stories were really about."I look forward to reading my Bible from beginning to end now because [...]

    14. actually, listened thru the end of the audiobook (12 hours) Outstanding study! I need to now go thru it again ready to take notes, be a Berean "examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things are so," and add to my overall understanding. The authors have painstakingly evaluated the entirety of the "First and Second Testaments of Jesus," noting and explaining dozens and hundreds of correlations between Old and New, much as like Jesus Himself did with the early disciples after He rose, "and [...]

    15. This is a very thoroughly written book with one purpose, one person, one being, one deity : Jesus. I learned so much about Jesus, His grace, His love, His blessings, His sacrifice, His history, types and shadows of Him in the Old Testament. It almost literally transported me back to the Jewish day just after Jesus was resurrected. Jesus met with two disciples on the road to Emmaus and there He taught them everything that's written by Him, for Him, through Him, about Him from Genesis all the way [...]

    16. While I found some of the analogies a bit stretched, and a few theological ideas (the harrowing of hell/eighth day stuff) unconvincing; there is much in this book that is edifying, entertaining, and educational. The scholarship and wordsmithing make for an enjoyable read. It is hard to condense 400 pages, but suffice to say this biography on Jesus includes many facets of His life not typically discussed in most works. Cultural insights and semiotics really add new nuances to familiar stories tha [...]

    17. Liked itdidn't love it. Very intellectual read (felt like I was in college again!) the authors do a great job of arguing their main point that Jesus is found throughout scripture.However, some of their conclusions were a little far-fetched, in my humble opinion.To them, EVERYTHING is foreshadowing Jesus and EVERYTHING represents something else. Why can't a person be a person instead of representing someone else? Why must we always "read into" things?Good thoughts, I need to read this one again m [...]

    18. I love books about Jesus. I've honestly read so many it hard to fine books that getting thinking in a different way, but this book definitely brought up some amazing points My favourites was all the chapters that taught me how Jesus was present even in the Old Testament! Very cool. I was hoping for a bit more Ka-pow moment in the chapters that dug deeper in to Jesus from the New Testament. But still a great read

    19. An eye opening, lighting of Jesus Christ, without whom we wouldn't have been saved. To read this book is to open your mind and heart to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You cannot read this book and walk away without a renewed faith in Christ.I believe this book is a must read for all Christians. I read this book because I have met and read other writings by Leonard Sweet, and have never Benn disappointed in his approach, or enlightening of the Word of God.

    20. This book does contain insightful commentary about the life and character of Jesus. I did find the author took a few too many liberties in speculation of what Jesus was thinking or doing, and the book is somewhat tedious to read in some areas. Overall, though I did learn some factual information from the book, and having a different perspective is beneficial if you are able to clearly remember some of the content is made up.

    21. Good, but a slow read because it is so deep. The authors show that the central message throughout both the Old and New Testamets points to Jesus. In the Old Testament, called First Testament by the authors, from Genesis until the end, all point to Jesus. The New Testament, called Second Testament by the authors, describes Jesus life on earth, and points to the future New Jerusalem when Jesus takes His people home.

    22. I thought this book was a fantastic look at Christ, not only his time on earth but His workings throughout the span of all eternity past and future. I read this more like a devotional but it is going to be a great reference source for me in the future. Just a word of caution that Sweet can be very "poetic" in his writing at times, so be sure to be prepared for it or else you might miss something good.

    23. One of my favorite books on Christ that I have read. Full of types and shadows and deep thinking that will open up your eyes to see Jesus and His person throughout the entire Bible, not just the New Testament. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is looking for the 'deeper things' of God and wants a fresh perspective on their Beloved Lord, not to "follow rules" but to understand the beauty of who He is. I will definitely read it again in a few years.

    24. The authors made a very good case for showing from the Bible that Jesus is the reason for the Bible! A good read to dwell on and learn more clearly that the Bible shows and teaches us of God and the way to know God is His truth, The Word of God! Along the way of basking in the joy and splendor of Jesus, may learn a handful of new and interesting things about our Lord.

    25. This could have been much better. There were bits I really liked, but so much of it was disorganized, poorly-written, and full of undocumented theological statements that made little to no sense without context or justification. I read it with a friend, and we discussed it together and both came away feeling mostly frustrated by the experience.

    26. I finished this a few weeks ago and I thought it was outstanding. It weaves the Jesus story from eternity past to eternity forward. Like the church fathers of old Sweet and Viola look through the words of scripture to Jesus. They deliver on the dual tasks of showing us Jesus in all and how we can see the scripture anew through the Jesus looking glass. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

    27. Sweet and Viola deliver a great read and a beautiful picture of Jesus as Messiah in the Bible. However--I began to feel like they have a room with pictures, articles and scripture verses all connected by crisscrossing thread. At times, the connections they make between verses of scripture are a little bit of a stretch. That being said, it was a great read and very informative.

    28. love this book, will read again. some chapters were a little on the boring side or they were a bit over my head! ninty five percent of this book is excellent. if you're not afraid to step out of your box you will enjoy what the authors have written.

    29. Loved this book. A well thought out treatise of the life of Jesus Christ, the One who split time in two. This book does a good job connecting passages that relate the Jesus in the New Testament with Jesus in the Old Testament.

    30. This is the best Christian text that I've read on Jesus. It's added a new dimension to his life for me. Part biography, part philosophy, part historical context. I have notes an underlining on most pages. It is not an easy or casual read, but I worked on it as part of my devotional time.

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