Len Sweet

Len Sweet is an American theologian, church historian, pastor, and author. Len joins Ed in studio to discuss semiotics, raising 22nd Century kids, The Gospel Project, and his book Jesus: A Theography.

Sweet currently serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School at Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey; and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.

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Jesus: A Theography

Jesus says, “The Scriptures point to me!” (John 5:39 NLT). But what does that mean exactly?

JesusATheographyThe 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 magisterial 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.

Jesus is written for the average reader as well as scholars. Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (authors of Jesus Manifesto) unfold the greatest story ever told in a fresh and invigorating way. So 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.

Introducing a new kind of Jesus biography.

In this compelling work, authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola reclaim the entire Bible as a gripping narrative about Jesus Christ.

Virtually every other “Jesus biography” begins with the nativity account in Bethlehem. In this groundbreaking book, Sweet and Viola begin before time, in the Triune God, and tell the complete interconnected story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.

Jesus: A Theography is the first book ever written to combine historical Jesus studies with biblical theology, crafting together one breathtaking saga that tells the Jesus story in both Old and New Testaments. This flagship book demonstrates clearly that every bit of Scripture is part of the same stunning drama, what the authors refer to as the theography of Jesus Christ.

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  1. My very first introduction to Len Sweet was through the book Jesus Manifesto. I clean the parsonage for a local pastor and after I would scrub the floors I would sit in her chair and read her copy of Jesus Manifesto while waiting for the floors to dry. My journey through this book took well over a year because I would come to clean her house once a week, and the floors would dry way too quickly giving me only about ten minutes at a time to read. My experience through the pages of this book told me that this author has a clear picture of who Jesus Christ is. I am now savoring the book Jesus: A Theography. This is not a book to be devoured. When I pick this book up to read it, I am shaken emotionally and my thoughts are “jarred” as Len likes to say. If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus Christ or perhaps you are merely curious, this book is a must read and savor.

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