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
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
I read this book as part of my small group that focuses on the history of Christianity. The problem being there's precious little history to be found here ...more
It was awful. It veered between speculative details that can't be known and generalities. The number of time the author wrote something to the effect of "but that topic is out of the scope of this book" was infuriating.
This book is the Christian-Rock of books: a crappy product that people fool themselves into thinking they like because it praises Jesus.
Among the particularly remarkable poi ...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
A MUCH longer review is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/challenge-jesus-wright/ (almost 1100 words unfortunately) ...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.”