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Jesus

His Words and Deeds

Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5

In a text that is clear and accessible, Anteyi examines who Jesus was by taking a close look at the Bible.

In Jesus: His Words and Deeds, Alexander Anteyi sheds light on Jesus’s true nature through a careful examination of the New Testament. He also offers insights into how to build a personal relationship with Jesus.

The book is divided into seven sections. Each focuses on a different aspect of Jesus’s role in the Bible, both in relation to God and in relation to humans. Anteyi also poses a long list of what-if questions: What if Jesus only taught about tithes and offerings? What if the apostles had built their own individual ministries?

Although the book’s agenda is transparent—to “empower the inquirer and nonbeliever in Jesus Christ to seriously consider the overwhelming evidence and commit their lives to the Savior”—there is plenty of material that will build faith where it already exists.

Anteyi is clearly passionate about his subject, and he takes a mature approach to Christian faith. However, as with many books about Jesus or biblical interpretation, there isn’t much room for debate here. The evidence Anteyi draws on is mostly textual; scripture is presented as, well, gospel. Rather than developing an elaborate theological argument, the book focuses on answering its own questions, drawing comparisons, and explaining what Jesus is supposed to do and be.

Anteyi sticks to a strong central message of fulfillment and security in Jesus:

God is revealing His heart through these words announced by the prophet Isaiah many hundreds of years before Christ’s birth. Jesus confirms this by saying, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,” implying “I am the Messiah, and this is the day of salvation.”

Such conviction may present a bit of a leap for a nonbeliever, but to someone who’s already on the path of Christian faith, the message is like manna.

The writing is clear and accessible. Anteyi doesn’t mince words: If you lie, you’re a liar; if you steal, you’re a thief. Anteyi also includes stories—both religious and secular—and parables, as well as scripture passages that may inspire a sense of connection with the divine. The text emphasizes that salvation is possible for everyone, and that acquiring it means a lot of hard spiritual work; this message is strong throughout.

Anteyi’s Jesus: His Words and Deeds approaches the familiar religious question of who Jesus was in a novel and intriguing way.

Reviewed by Claire Foster

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