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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
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
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
Among the particularly remarkable poi...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
He mainly focused on how the Jewish disciples of Jesus would have viewed his resurrection and how they would have understood the phrase "the kingdom of God." Referring to the Bible (mainly 1 Cori...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.”