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The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is (1999)
by N. T. Wright
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0830822003, Hardcover)"We cannot assume that by saying the word Jesus," writes N.T. Wright--Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and formerly Dean of Lichtifeld Cathedral--"still less the word Christ, we are automatically in touch with the real Jesus who talked in first-century Palestine." Even less are we automatically in touch with "the Jesus who ... is the same yesterday, today and forever." Wright's goal in this volume is to present in a simplified form the findings that are occupying him in his monumental six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God, and in particular in the second volume, already published, Jesus and the Victory of God. Distinguishing himself from the "Jesus Seminar" theologians, who question the literalness of the resurrection (among other things), Wright affirms the absolute centrality of both the Last Supper and the Easter experience as historical events. Through these experiences with Jesus, Wright suggests, the early Christians came to see that "Jesus--and then, very quickly, Jesus' people--were now the true Temple, and the actual building in Jerusalem was thereby redundant."
Written with refreshing clarity and passion, The Challenge of Jesus serves as an excellent introduction to the thinking of this influential New Testament historian. --Doug Thorpe
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The author poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century. In the book he provides a fresh, provocative and historically credible portrait that grips readers with its clarity and its full accounting of the facts. The Jesus he unveils has his feet solidly planted in first-century Palestine and yet is just as clearly the resurrected Son of God. Wright compels us to rethink our standard images of Jesus so that we will never read the Gospels the same way again. In the DVD, Wright presents the political, historical and theological issues of the first century and today regarding the startling claim that Jesus rose from the dead.
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