"The Scriptures are the cradle in which Christ is laid." -- Martin Luther
Virtually every "Jesus biography" begins with the nativity account in Bethlehem. In this groundbreaking new book, Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola begin before time, in the Triune God, and tell the complete interconnected story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.
Biographies of Jesus have generally been written by those trying to investigate the historical Jesus. On the flip side, those interested in tracing the biblical narrative are typically disinterested in historical Jesus studies. These two approaches have yet to converge, until now.
The Old and New Testaments are not two separate entities. Once we see the combined narrative, everything gels into a coherent, understandable and amazing story. The story is not just "salvation history" as many people call it. Rather, it is the story of Jesus Christ-one person in two natures (divine/human) with four ministries (prophet/priest/king/sage) and four biographies. Every bit of scripture is part of the same great story, what the authors refer to collectively as the theography of Jesus. Biographies critique the subject in a factual way. In this theography, the subject critiques us.
The 27 books of the New Testament are a commentary on the Old Testament. Once this is properly understood, everything changes and biblical identity is found in the character of Christ and in the narrative codes of his entire existence-the greatest story ever told.