In their book entitled, Jesus: A Theography, authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola serve as tour guides to the most influential life ever lived. What makes this book different, though, is that it is part biography and part theology or as the title suggests, it’s a biographical piece as seen through a theological lens. I won’t, in this brief space, try to place the authors in a certain camp, that’s not the point of the book. The point is this: Jesus truly lived and the impact of Jesus remains not only his teaching, but the reality of his life and work.
Early in the book we read these words: “Jesus never tried to unknot His contradictions. Rather, he used these knots as rungs in the ladder to enable us to climb higher in truth and revelation,” (p. 57). Well said. In fact, one of the strengths of the work is that the authors bring together men and women from various theological backgrounds in their research, attempting to give Jesus a more well-rounded and nuanced portrait.
As the book closes with an analysis of the self-awareness of Jesus (another solid angle not often taken seriously), I was reminded that part of my own self-awareness has been influenced in my relationships and how I specifically understand this man named Jesus. For pastors and students, this is a worthy piece to have in your library. For the average person in the pew, this is part of the greatest story ever told and it’s always worth a second look.
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