Saturday, December 1, 2012

A New Understanding of Jesus, Meshing History with Theology

In this monumental work, Sweet and Viola illustrate Augustine's contention that “In the Old Testament, the New is concealed, in the New, the Old is revealed.” Through careful scholarship they show that from Genesis to the prophets the Bible points to the Logos, the Word made flesh and how the New Testament is the realization of that action. I was particularly impressed with their discussion of the creation account in Genesis as a foreshadowing of the life of Christ.

This is not a book to read quickly. It must be savored and read, preferably, with the Bible handy to read the original words in context. The authors have a myriad of quotes in each chapter. They can be simply skimmed as evidence for their thesis, but it is much more revealing to read the actual words.

I was very impressed with the book. I have read other books that reveal the similarities between Moses' life and Christ's, but this is the first book I've read that puts it all together. I highly recommend Jesus, a Theography. It analyzes the Old and New Testaments together and gives us a much broader understanding of the truth of God's word.

I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.