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Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright
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Dec 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biblical-studies, theology-advanced, theology-accessible
Read from December 31, 2011 to March 15, 2012

NT Wright always writes a great book. This one popularizes his "big books" (Jesus and the Victory of God and the Resurrection of the Son of God), continues the main threads of previous popular works (Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope), and pushes into new territory.

The basic premise is that Jesus consciously said and did the things he believed God Himself promised to come and do, bringing together strands of messianic hopes, temple significance, and much more. That Jesus is God become King, enacting his reign on earth as in heaven, against all expectations. That, in Jesus and the kingdom he brings through the Spirit and the Spirit's work through the church, heaven and earth interlock, with the promise that, one day, these realms shall be fully joined. This differs from the popular neo-platonic theology that casts Christ as providing humanity the means to escape earth and go somewhere else. Instead is a vision of the new creation restoring and consummating the old.

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