This week I have chosen Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola for my Friday meme combo. I received this one for Christmas and figured it was time to get it started. It’s going slowly just now, but I am enjoying it. GodReads offers the following description:
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, 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.
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.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of Jesus: A Theography:
According to estimates, approximately 1.25 billion Christians live in the world today. Many, if not most, have become overly familiar with their Bibles. The same can be said about how they view the Lord Jesus Christ.
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Viola so far. This beginning seems to indicate to me that I will enjoy this one as well.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of Jesus: A Theography:
Great power resides in the small, spare, simple.
A box cutter brought down a skyscraper and nearly bankrupted a nation.
A pamphlet on common sense sparked a revolution.
A song about overcoming changed the world.
A little town birthed the Messiah.
I’m not that far into this one yet, but I’m going to try to get a good bit of it read this weekend if I can.