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The life of Jesus Christ takes on fresh clarity and meaning in this masterful work by Dwight Pentecost. The words, the miracles, and overarching message of the Messiah come alive in flowing and detailed chronology, set against the cultural, political, and religious setting of his day. You'll gain new understanding of why Jesus came, how he operated, and what he accomplished. Above all, you'll acquire a deeper appreciation for the love that guided his path, beginning in a manger in Bethlehem, leading through three and a half years of ministry that ended abruptly at the cross on Golgotha, and blazing forth in eternal triumph at the resurrection. Drawing liberally on the works of others who have written about Christ, such as Alfred Edersheim, J. W. Shepherd, W. Graham Scroggie, and Frederick Faraar, Dr. Pentecost reveals in his own writing a familiarity with the subject that comes from years of teaching. Yet he writes, not as one who knows all there is to know about Christ, but with the restraint of one who knows that Jesus is to be worshiped and adored as the great King, and that no book can do more than begin to tell all the wonders of his being and his love.

About the Author

J. Dwight Pentecost was distinguished professor emeritus of Bible exposition of Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including Prophecy for Today, Things to Come, and Things Which Become Sound Doctrine.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 26, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310309409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310309406
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Dwight Pentecost is distinguished professor emeritus of Bible exposition of Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including Prophecy for Today, Things to Come, and Things Which Become Sound Doctrine.

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He has done a magnificent job with clear explanations of difficult passages.
Stuart Patterson
Dr. Pentecost was a favorite prof at DTS so when teaching Christology this is the #2 textbook I use with Dr. Pentecost's Harmony.
Allen D. Ferry
In summary I found the book to be a blessing and felt drawn closer to the Lord as a result of reading it.
David Bower

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jones on February 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was required reading as the central text for a "Life of Christ" seminary course. It is a formidable tackle, with a comprehensive look at the subject matter of the title in detail. Its sheer volume makes it a difficult "read straight through", but it holds a prized spot on the bookshelf as an invaluable reference work for any study or teaching of the Gospels.
Pentecost is one of the great Christian minds of the twentieth century, and of course hailing from Dallas Theological Seminary, one can expect and find his work to be highly dispensational in nature. The entire life of Christ is examined in light of His offer of the Kingdom "first to Israel". His emphasis goes a bit far in this arena, in my opinion. Looking past his strong dispensational bias however, Pentecost's work is a classic treatment. He quotes classic Life of Christ theologians from past generations (Edersheim, Farrar, et.al)extensively, and this work is very much a modern extension and addition to that library of very special and classic seminal works on the earthy life of our Saviour.
Even a stronly non-dispensational student could benefit greatly. from this work. Pentecost's Judaic roots add depth and certain nuances which can greatly amplify events in the Life of Christ.
I heartily recommend this work for the serious student of the Bible. It is not casual reading, but will enhance the minister's library and enrich any serious preaching or teaching ministry.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Bower TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'll lay my cards on the table, I'm a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a fan of Dr. Pentecost; I've used several of his books for years and been blessed and enlightened by his work.

Having said that, I would like to express my appreciation for this particular book; I found it to be rich with insight and rewarding to me as a reader. Dr. Pentecost is admittedly a scholar, and along with other scholars will often see things from a different perspective than those of us who are ordinary mortals. When an author devotes around 22 pages to notes and bibliography one is justified in thinking this may be another scholar.

I, for one, find his scholarly approach to be thorough and satisfying; to me in the midst of his scholarship he presents the Lord Jesus Christ in a most compelling light. I appreciate the work that has gone into combining all of the Gospels into one narrative line that focuses on the person and the work of our Lord.

I have read this work all of the way through and found myself richly blessed by the opportunity. I keep it now next to my desk where it is within easy reach.

As a study tool this book provides the reader with three appendixes designated A through C. Appendix A provides additional information on geography, historical background, moral conditions, religious background, social environment and chronology. Appendix B is a table of scripture references, and Appendix C is a list of parable and miracles.

I'm happy to report that one need not be a scholar to benefit from this book; I see it as "reader friendly."

In summary I found the book to be a blessing and felt drawn closer to the Lord as a result of reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Perrotta on October 25, 2008
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Raised as a Roman Catholic, I recently rediscovered my faith and was thirsting for a clear cut explanation of Christ's life and teachings in an attempt to get a real understanding of the basis of my religion. This book is incredible. It starts from the very beginning and slowly takes you through each important stage in the life of the Lord so that you really understand Him, what He taught, what He believed, and what He did for all of us. It will take the foundation of a belief in Jesus to absolute certainty that this man was the one and only true Messiah.

I do agree with the other reviewers that the constant quotations of the other theologians do get in the way of the free-flowing narrative and likeable writing style of the author. I would have liked to have heard more from him as he was very precise and clear with what he had to say.

But this is definitely a textbook. Even if you're not a student of theology (as I am far from) and are just reading this for personal gain, take a pen and a highlighter with you when you read. It is chock-full of everything you ever wanted to know and it is worth a very close, detailed reading. Don't skim. The volume and complexity might tempt you to skip through a bit, but you will miss the overall explanation of all that Christ did and how it ties into the historical and political past along with the message of Christ's journey through life on Earth and His expectations of us today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Thompson on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pentecost's massive tome serves as a harmony of the life of Christ that is certainly a solid resource for the student of the word of God. The writer takes on a strong conservative approach to the passages at hand and offers the reader excellent exegetical, historical, and cultural insights on the text at hand. Pentecost offers a method of harmonizing the Gospels while still appreciating each evangelist's unique perspective. My one contention with this book is that it contains very little truly original material. Far too often the page that the reader surveys contains a majority of block quote. Pentecost engages too often, for this reviewer's preference, in the practice of wholesale quoting from other writers' works rather than summarizing and analyzing in his own words. For this weakness, the work still maintains its value to the reader who seeks to gain a conservative understanding of the history of the life of Jesus Christ.
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