The large volume, written by a prominent French Dominican, takes as its ground principle, ""the figure of Jesus as the timeless cause behind the majestic sweep of Old Testament History,"" quoting the saying in the Gospel, ""Before Abraham was, I am."" The development of this theme follows an assumed chronological outline of the life of Jesus, from the Annunciation to Mary through the Resurrection. While the discussion is illuminated and expanded through a wide range of historical learning and reference to contemporary events, there is throughout a faithful adherence to the doctrine and point of view of the Roman Catholic church concerning the life and meaning of Jesus Christ. This leads to the acceptance, at some points, of matters not widely confirmed by New Testament scholars, such as placing the date of the gospel according to Matthew (which the author uses as his main Gospel source) at 44 A.D., and the acceptance of the Matthewan genealogy. The author is intent throughout to show how science is dependent upon poetic imagination, in order to remove positivistic criticism of the miracle stories, and to affirm the pri of the church's doctrine over scientific theories of evolution. Stimulating at many points, the book is likely to impress modern readers as being, at the same time, essentially conservative in outlook.