Jesus, A Theography

When I received my advance review copy of Jesus, A Theographyopy, I was excited to delve into it.

Jesus told the Pharisees, “All Scripture points to me.” We think we know the Jesus of the New Testament, but do we really believe that he can be found throughout the pages of the Old Testament? And what difference does an encounter with him there make?

Jesus, A Theography, is a panoramic sweep of the Bible, exploring how Jesus can be seen throughout its pages. With meticulous attention to detail, and copious footnotes, Len Sweet and Frank Viola rehearse the Old Testament in light of the New, demonstrating Jesus over and over again in the stories, pictures and symbols that are found there. The research and scholarship that have gone into this work are awe-inspiring.

I’ve been reading the book for just over a week now, Bible in hand. Every so often, I’ll think to myself, “It can’t say that–surely I would have noticed that before.” I check the footnotes and references and sure enough, it’s plain to be seen. I’m thrilled to be discovering aspects about Jesus’ life that are “new” to me, delighting in aspects of his character that I’m seeing in a fresh light.

I have a shelf of classics in my library–books that are timeless in their relevance and teaching. This book will join the others on that shelf.

 

 

  • Frank Viola

    So glad you are liking it so much, Felicity. I’m honored and humbled.

    Love in Jesus,

    fv

    Psalm 115:1

  • http://blog.scilla.org.uk/ Chris

    As I see it, Jesus is involved in everything, so his touch and his nature and his fingerprints are all over everything. He is like a potter, everything a potter makes carries the imprint of his hands and the style of his personality.

    Jesus created the universe, he IS the Word so he is in both Old and New Testaments, he inspired them (breathed into them). They are alive with his life. The same is true of the church which he is building and of the natural world.

    He’s the author, so the authority in everything is his too.

    Without him there would be nothing. All things testify of him just as he himself testifies of his Father. And they sent their Spirit to testify in our hearts and minds.

    My friend Sean and I were studying Zechariah 11 last week and it speaks so directly of Jesus, we can’t wait to get stuck into the rest of the book soon.

    Praise the One who IS all and is IN all! HalleluYah! He is all we need, yet we can get by with nothing less!

    Sounds like a great book, I shall have to take a look :-)

  • Pal Madden

    The early church was 94% illiterate, had no bibles, cars, internet, tv, radio, electricity, printing presses, church edifices, seminaries, professional music, etc, etc, and yet were impacting and transforming the culture. They were bringing Rome to its knees. What does this say about us today that have all the things mentioned, and yet cannot point to one nation that has yet to be truly discipled, impacted, or transformed to any significant degree? The most obvious, of course, being America that is now filled with licentious debauchery. What are we missing, here?

    • felicitydale

      I think we are also filled with distractions that keep even serious believers preoccupied with things that are irrelevant to the Kingdom.

  • Marc Pranger

    Yes an awesome book indeed. Somthing I discovered years ago is that Jesus fulfilled the law and that he is the Word. If we read the first testament than can we read Jesus were the law is written and at some cases Word for word if it is the word coming from Abba God. This can give a pretty prophetic dimension to many verse and Psalms. Take for example the love for the law Psalm 119. This become a declaration of Jesus as prophet, priest, saviour and I AM. Here some verses as example:

    17 Be good to your servant while I live,
    that I may obey your word ( Word -Jesus).
    18 Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in your law ( you Jesus).
    19 I am a stranger on earth;
    do not hide your commands from me.
    20 My soul is consumed with longing
    for your laws (you Jesus) at all times.’

    Blessings Marc
    http://www.activegraceministries.org