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
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
In this work, Wright explores the cultural milieu in which Christ appeared and how...more
Among the particularly remarkable poi...more
In the end, I was intrigued, but a little suspicious.
Wright asks some good questions. He interacts with the liberal search for the "historical Jesus" really well. His arguments for the bodily resurrection of Christ (that the initial disciples didn't just think of Jesus as still living in their hearts and minds, but b...more
That being said, it was a fascinating, challenging, and in an odd way, encouraging read. I think NT Wright is a brilliant theologian, and whether you agree with him entirely or not, whether you're a seminary student or not, he's worth a read. His call to look at Jesus through a historically-accurate lens is one we need to consider, whether you arrive at the same conclusions as Wright...more
Wright makes the case that the church would never have existed if Chri...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
A MUCH longer review is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/challenge-jesus-wright/ (almost 1100 words unfortunately)
Written by an evangelical who disagrees with the Jesus Seminar but at least sounds like he's presenting his own ideas rather than trying to attack them point-by-point.
Will read this again.
However, the nature of the book was one of nuance. What did it mean to 1st Century Jews that Jesus was the Messiah? What was the Kingdom of God?
I've been in a pragmatic season and so these subtleties I found fascinating but also irrelevant to my day-to-day faith life. Perhaps if I had more time to sit in w...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.”