Saturday, January 17, 2009

Jesus, the One and Only by Beth Moore

Jesus the One and Only

Jesus, the One and Only
by Beth Moore

Hardback: 338 pages
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publisher
First Released: 2002

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Back Cover Blurb:
In her previous books, Beth Moore has introduced her readers to David and Paul. In Jesus, the One and Only, Beth introduces them to an intimate Savior as they get a close-up and personal portrait of the life of Jesus the Messiah.

But this is far more than just a work on the life of Christ. As He has done in the past, God uses Beth's words to woo the reader into a romance with the One and Only. The reader comes to know Christ personally, watching and listening as He breaks up a funeral by raising the dead, confronts conniving religious leaders of His day, teaches on a Galilean hillside, or walks on the waves and calms the storm.

This books gives an excellent view of what life was like at the time that Jesus walked the earth. Beth Moore doesn't cover every passage about Jesus, but she goes in-depth with what she does cover. For example, she explains the full meanings of some of the Greek words so the reader can better understand the nuances of what was being said. She also helps readers look at the Biblical passages from the point of view of those who were living it.

Overall, the book is well-written and easy to read and understand.

Excerpt: Chapter One
Our study will focus on the Gospel of Luke. In his first verses the "beloved physician" wrote that while many others had also written about Christ, Luke "carefully investigated everything from the beginning." His resulting "orderly account" began in the time of Herod, king of Judea. A priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were godly people, but they had no children. Elizbeth was barren; and they were both well along in years (Luke 1:6-7). Zechariah's time came to serve as priest, and while he was serving in the temple: "an angel of the Lord appeared to him" (Luke 1:11).

Picture that morning with me. Zechariah rose from his bed in a small room outside the temple, amazed at the once-in-a-lifetime priestly privilege he feared would never come; after all, he was no spring chicken.

Zechariah's mind surely detoured to his wife of many years. Unlike most of the other priests, he had no children. When his temple service took him from home, Elizabeth was all alone. She handled her empty home with grace, but he knew her childlessness still stung terribly. Jewish homes were meant for children.

Zechariah took extra care to smooth out the white linen fabric and carefully tie the stash of his priestly garments. Not all the priests took their responsibilities so soberly, but Zechariah was a righteous man.

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