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How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture
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How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture


Zondervan 2012

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Many Christians today experience Bible teaching in isolated, unconnected pieces, receiving little or no guidance into how these pieces form a coherent picture in Christ. How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens connects each of the 66 books of the Bible to the person and work of Jesus Christ. By explaining each book’s theme and raising pertinent questions about the contemporary importance of that message, author Michael Williams sets readers on a path toward purposeful, independent reading, and application of the entire Bible. How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens presents Christ as the central focus of each biblical book and the primary way the Bible relates to contemporary circumstances. Each book of the Bible has an identifiable theme ultimately fulfilled in the person and work of Christ.

An excellent tool for Bible teachers, ministry leaders, and students, How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens facilitates other Christian disciplines such as Bible reading, Scripture memory, and evangelism. By demonstrating how each theme relates to living the Christian life, this book promises to be an invaluable guide for reading and understanding the Bible.

Scripture references are linked directly to Greek and Hebrew texts, along with the English Bible translations of your choice. For any word in any language, you can double-click on that word and your digital library will automatically search your lexicons for a match. That gives you unprecedented access to linguistic data, along with all the tools you need for exegesis and interpretation.

Key Features

  • Succinct statement of the theme of every biblical book
  • Explanation of how each theme finds its focus in Christ
  • Brief discussion of how the New Testament treats each theme as fulfilled in Christ
  • Suggestions for contemporary implications
  • Convenient summary chart

Praise for the Print Edition

Few books do a better job of giving us an overview of Genesis to Revelation in such a compact way. This is the sort of book I’d love to have in the hands of every member of my church!

—Justin Taylor, managing editor, ESV Study Bible

[Offers] suggestive and stimulating ways for us to see Christ as the climax of the story; let Williams begin to shape the way you read the whole Bible.

—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College

Michael Williams has written a book that is badly needed: a survey of all the books of the Bible that shows how they work together to point toward Jesus Christ . . . accessible to almost any reader.

Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College

Product Details

  • Title: How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture
  • Author: Michael Williams
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 288

About Michael Williams

Michael Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is a professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. He is the author of Deception in Genesis and The Prophet and His Message, and editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. His passion is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation of redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the faith through word and action.