How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens
A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture
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 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.
Williams provides the following for his readers:
- Succinct statement of the theme of every biblical book
- An explanation of how that theme finds its focus in Christ
- A brief discussion of how the New Testament treats that theme as fulfilled in Christ
- Suggestions for contemporary implications
- Scripture memory electronic flashcards
- A convenient summary chart
An Excellent Tool for Bible Teachers and Students
How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens equips the reader well for 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.
How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens connects each of the sixty-six 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.
“To understand God we look to his Word, and to understand his Word we are dependent on the Old and New Testaments. What we discover is that amid the many stories is an underlying Story, which leads us to Jesus, Immanuel. Michael Williams ably goes book by book, offering suggestive and stimulating ways for us to see Christ as the climax of the Story. From this vantage point he then offers contemporary implications that should inform our lives. Let Williams begin to shape the way you read the whole Bible, seeing it all in light of Jesus the Messiah.”
— Kelly Kapic, Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
About the Author
Michael Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. He was also a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. He is the author of Deception in Genesis and The Prophet and His Message. Michael served as editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. He is ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Michael’s 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. His labor helps the reader adequately prepare to promote and defend the faith through word and action. He has taught at Calvin Seminary since 1995. Michael resides in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife Dawn.
All 66 books of the Bible have their own chapter, showing how it points to Christ – for example:
- Joshua: Victorious Rest
- Judges: Rebellion and Rescue
- Ecclesiastes: Life Purpose
- Jeremiah: New Covenant
- Micah: Justice and Mercy
- Mark: Suffering Servant
- John: Union with God
- Romans: Death to Life
- Colossians: Exalted Christ
- Revelation: Ultimate Victory
And those are just samples of what’s found in How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens.