A chronological accounting of the life of Jesus as presented in the four canonical Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Sections include: The Prehistory and Birth of Christ, The Beginning of Jesus's Ministry, Jesus's Ministry in Galilee, Jesus Turns His Focus Toward Judea, The Last Week in Jerusalem, The Passion of Jesus, and The Resurrected Jesus Completes His Ministry.
Each gospel has a color:
Major sections are divided into sub sections. For example, The Beginning of Jesus's Ministry is divided into the following: The Calling of the First Disciples, The Wedding in Cana, The Cleansing of the Temple, Jesus and Nicodemus, The Testimony of John the Baptist, Jesus in Samaria, Jesus Comes to Galilee, The Calling of Four Fishermen, The Exorcism at the Synagogue in Capernaum, Healings at Capernaum, Jesus Preaches Throughout Galilee, Cleansing of the Leprous Man, Healing of the Paralytic Man, etc.
This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in developing an understanding of the life of Christ, the literary style of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and an insight into the why behind the what of each author's account. I'm not a theologian or a pastor, so the commentary was interesting without being overwhelming, and I also realize the purpose of this study tool is not parallel to that of a study Bible.
Some drawbacks for me:
1) At first, I couldn't figure it out. The title, Christ Chronological, indicates an in-order presentation of the life of Jesus according to the gospels. Therefore, my initial expectation was to open the cover and find Jesus's life/ministry laid out chronologically.
2) Then I read the introduction. Okay, so it seems we're reviewing the passages that share common accounts of events during the life/ministry of Jesus—side by side comparisons of what the gospels reported on collectively. In other words, large passages of John might be omitted.
3) Nope. I was right the first time. For example the Preexistence of Christ stands alone with John 1:1-18 presented as the Scripture reference. Then, the transition is made to The Gospel section where Mark 1:1 and Luke 1:1-4 are listed, followed by The Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38.
The construction of the book is sturdy, the pages are of high quality, and there is a notes section in the back. I did have a problem with the color-coding. I love the idea, but the colors themselves are almost pastel and difficult to decipher. The parallel format of the text is also nice and easy to follow.
Overall, I do recommend this book. Once I figured out the content, I realized the value.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.