The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is
Today a renewed and vigorous scholarly quest for the historical Jesus is underway. In the midst of well publicized and controversial books on Jesus, N. T. Wright's lectures and writings have been widely recognized for providing a fresh, provocative and historically credible portrait.
Out of his own commitment to both historical scholarship and Christian ministry, Wright ch...more
But as we do this, we must remind ourselves again and again—as the liturgies of the traditional churches do in so many ways—that when we are telling the story of Jesus, we are doing so as a part of the community that is called to model this story to the world. –N. T. Wright
The Challenge of Jesus challenged my understanding of who Jesus was and is. In a way that Wright often does, he chops the feet off both conservative evangelicals and liberals. This can be both a strength and w ...more
N.T. Wright?s aim in this work is to explore the person of Jesus from post-Enlightenment eyes. He addresses the issues from a different stance than the typical liberal or fundamentalist: He affirms that Jesus actually existed but that He (Jesus) saw himself differently than we see Him. Wright says that he has three concerns in this book: historical integrity in talking about Jesus, Christian discipleship that professes to follow Jesus, and empowering Christians with a vision that will transform ...more
So, that said (or written here), I appreciated and enjoyed this book as much - probably more - on this second time around and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in looking for a solid biblical, theological and, e ...more
Among the particularly remarkable poi ...more
In the preface to this book Wright last out three goals that he has in writing this book. The first goal is to maintain historical integrity when talking about Jesus. The second goal is to help Christian disciples to follow the Jesus of Scriptures. The third goal is to help the next generation of C ...more
A MUCH longer review is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/challenge-jesus-wright/ (almost 1100 words unfortunately)
While the whole book was wonderful, I particular loved the final 3 chapte ...more
I must admit I often find Wright's "shorter" books to be summaries of his larger ones - and thus often leaving you wanting more. I suppose that is a good thing fo ...more
Especially good were the chapters "The Challenge of the Symbols," "The Crucified Messiah," and "Jesus & God." Wright's interpretation and application of the meaning of the Messiah in a first century Jewish context is refreshing and thought-provoking.
Wright ends the book with a couple of chapters on applied theology which seem to line up very closely with the thinking of Shane Claiborne. Though I haven't noti ...more
Instead, Wright starts to paint a picture of who Jesus is, based on how he fitt ...more
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in the darkness of the tomb;
Having finished on the sixth day
all his work of joy and doom.
Now the Word had fallen silent,
and the water had run dry,
The bread had all been scattered,
and the light had left the sky.
The flock had lost its shepherd,
and the seed was sadly sown,
The courtiers had betrayed their king,
and nailed him to his throne.
O Sabbath rest by Calvary,
O calm of tomb below,
Where the grave-clothes and the spices
cradle him we do not know!
Rest you well, beloved Jesus,
Caesar’s Lord and Israel’s King,
In the brooding of the Spirit,
in the darkness of the spring.”