Discovering Jesus in the New Testament

Discovering Jesus in the New Testament

Discovering Jesus in the New Testament is an ambitious and accessible volume on the subject of New Testament christology.  Its focus is eminently literary;  Warrington addresses the portrayal of Jesus in every book in the New Testament canon individually, however brief that depiction may be.  Analyses typically focus on how each writer employed intertextual references, metaphors, titles, implicit authority, and the economy of salvation in their presentation of Jesus. Warrington's interest in edifying Christian readers is quite apparent.

Christopher B Zeichman,, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, Canada

 

Warrington mentions in his introduction that NT Christology was written for practical purposes of discipleship.  I sense the same thrust behind this book.  The author does not burden his readers with scholarly debate on the issues.  Simplicity of analysis, clarity of language and straightforward descriptiveness make it easy reading, and it may well serve as a good intorductory book to NT Christology for a general confessional audience.  This would be especially fitting as the portrait of Jesus in this work is the one of the traditional Christian faith.

Arseny Ermakov

 

When preaching/teaching from a given New Testament book, consulting Warrington's treatment provides great insights into the presentation of the Jesus story and theology.  Warrington's Discovering Jesus in the New Testament will make a valuable addition to a pastor's library, and one that will find repeated usage.

James H. Railey Jr., D. Th., Professor of theology, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri.

 

 

The book is erudite but accessible.

Stephen Boon, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

 

 

Lovely and relaxed explanation of the idea of NT books as 'occasional' documents meeting real, everyday situations.... excellent and informative. I love this quotation in Discovering Jesus and it makes its way onto one of my courses. 

“The Gospels provide a narrative Christology, a story in which the main character is Jesus. He is central to the story and everyone else, as it were, has been invited to play a part in order to reveal more of him. The readers are provided with a front row exposure to Jesus who looks like a man but, when explored, begins to take the form of God who has a personal concern for all in the audience. Jesus lives in the text but also in the shadows and between the lines, permeating the narrative with his ubiquitous presence. The challenge has always been whether readers are able to see him as he truly is and to take the step of faith needed to accommodate the remarkable possibility that he is God and accept it as the truth, on the basis of which they may place their lives and future destinies.”

Liam Hanna, Lecturer, Regents Theological College, Malvern.

 

Reading Discovering Jesus in the New Testament has been a great encouragement… at times my mind has been blown at how amazing Jesus is. I’ve found this book to feed me intellectually, as well as, spiritually, encouraging me in my confidence in who Jesus is and what he’s done. There were many occasions when I’d finish reading a sentence and begin to praise Jesus as a response to what I read.

I have found reading Discovering Jesus in the New Testament both a challenge and a great encouragement. It is challenging because it is not a simple read, it is exploring deep theological truths about who Jesus is and how he is portrayed within each book of the New Testament. I’ve found this book to feed me intellectually, as well as spiritually, in my own personal walk with Jesus. 

I think that when someone has been a Christian for quite a few years, sometimes things become so familiar that they lose their awe and we take Jesus for granted. This book has really reminded me of what I believe about Jesus and why, and it’s really encouraged me in my confidence in who Jesus is, what he has done and his passion for the Church to be disciples who make disciples. I found the chapter on Romans especially captivating as Warrington explains some complex truths in a way that I can understand, not only in my head but also in my heart.

I found the way that Warrington approaches the Gospels really helpful as he not only points out that Jesus can do miracles and heal people but he helps the reader to dig deeper into why Jesus did that and what does it reveal to us about who he is, he is more than simply a miracle worker.  This has been helpful for me practically as I have been meeting up with an international student to read the Bible with her. She is not a Christian but is exploring Christianity. As we have been reading through the Gospel of John, there have been points (relating to healings of Jesus) where we have got side-tracked and I have been able to use the same approach of Warrington by asking questions such as “what does this reveal to us about Jesus? What is he like?” instead of simply concluding that Jesus can heal someone.

I found his chapter on Revelation especially helpful as Warrington helps bring focus to who Jesus is, whereas I find it easy to get lost and overwhelmed sometimes by all the metaphors and poetic language.

Elim Pastor