Combining each of the Gospel accounts, Jesus Christ The Greatest Life: A Unique Blending of the Four Gospels is an exceptional Bible study resource. Written as a chronological study of Christ's life, all four Gospel accounts are brought together into a single narrative, perfect for Bible study through the specific events in the life of Christ. This work has sold over 200,000 copies and is widely used by Dr. Earl Radmacher.
The Greatest Life is an original translation of the Gospels, designed to present "a continuous story with strict adherence to the original grammar, while preserving the best English equivalent." It also incorporates numerous in-text notes, diagrams, and links that help the scholar relate passages from each Gospel together into a single, cohesive story.
Many churches and Bible study groups have incorporated Jesus Christ The Greatest Life into their Bible study routines and classes since its publication. A proven tool that aids Bible study by presenting the story of Christ in a clear format for the reader, this book fits easily within the framework of Logos Bible Software. First, in its print form (see page scans below) it was developed to include scripture links and diagrams throughout in order to emphasize its companionship with your Bible. Also, because of its narrative design, Jesus Christ The Greatest Life comes alongside your preferred Bible as a tool that will bring greater perspective of Christ's life and teachings to your studies.
Foreword from the Print Edition
Can you imagine four authors writing separate biographies of the same individual and those four biographies dovetailing perfectly without contradiction? That has happened only once in history.
The subject was Jesus Christ and the authors were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Arising from different eyewitness accounts of His life, each of their biographies has a distinct flavor and a unique story line. In spite of their uniqueness, however, it is possible to weave all four of them together completely and without contradiction - adding nothing, deleting nothing - using only the data provided by the authors.
Such a compilation had never been done in more than 1,900 years until Johnston (Jack) Cheney completed it at age seventy-six, after twenty-three years of work that began on what was supposedly his deathbed. This accomplishment would have been impossible for anyone, however, if the four Gospels did not have a Divine Author. As the apostle Peter points out, "No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation [or 'origin'], for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:20-21, NKJV).
Thus, Jack Cheney was a further human instrument to do a phenomenal service in demonstrating the superintendence of God in writing the life of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Praise for the Print Edition
Jesus Christ The Greatest Life is as good and great as any work I have ever endorsed. It is a very fine way for Christians to understand more clearly the life of Christ.
—Josh McDowell, author and speaker
Jesus Christ The Greatest Life resolves the supposed 'contradictions' in the gospel accounts like no other book on the market. Compiled and interwoven from many translations and verified by the original Greek through the idiomatic approach - the same basic [approach] adhered to by Luther, Tyndale, and Wesley - this significant volume is as trustworthy and accurate as can be.
—From the back cover of the print edition
- Title: Jesus Christ The Greatest Life: A Unique Blending of the Four Gospels
- Authors: Stanley Ellisen and Johnston Cheney
- Publisher: Paradise
- Publication Date: 1999
About the Authors
Stanley A. Ellisen, Th.D. Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, was enlisted by Earl Radmacher to work very closely with Johnston Cheney during the last three years of the preparation of The Life of Christ in Stereo.
Johnston Cheney after twenty-three years of full-time work, during which he practically memorized the Gospels in Greek, finished the compilation of The Life of Christ in Stereo in 1969.
Jesus Christ The Greatest Life combines two previously published works. The first is The Life of Christ in Stereo copyrighted in 1969 by Western Seminary, and the second is The Greatest Story copyrighted in 1994 by Western Seminary. This book incorporates both books with the addition of maps, graphics, timelines, and editorial comments. It also includes a numbering of the thirty-five major recorded miracles and pictorial representations in the form of nearly one hundred icons of the major recorded events and teachings in His life.
Sample Screenshot from the Electronic Edition
As illustrated in the screenshot below, the Logos edition employs a small, colored triangle and matching, colored markers to indicate which gospel the text comes from. 1 = Matthew, 2 = Mark, 3 = Luke, 4 = John