Item description for The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God) by N. Thomas Wright...
Overview Winner of 2003 Theologos award, named both Book of the Year and Best Academic Book by the Association of Theological Booksellers. It has also won the 2004 Christianity Today Book Award in the category of Biblical Studies. Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question, which any historian must face, is renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright who focuses on the key question: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about this belief? This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances." How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of worldview and theology.
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.6" Height: 2" Weight: 2.95 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2003
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series Christian Origins And The Questi
Series Number 3
ISBN 0800636155 ISBN13 9780800636159
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More About N. Thomas Wright
Born in 1948 in Northumberland, England, N.T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham. He was formerly Dean of Lichfield and lecturer in New Testament studies at Oxford University as well as fellow, tutor, and chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. He has also served as professor of New Testament language and literature in various colleges and universities. With doctorates in divinity and in philosophy from the University of Oxford, N. T. Wright is a member of the Society for New Testament Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, and the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. He has published more than 40 works at both scholarly and popular levels related to New Testament studies, especially on the origins of Christianity and Biblical Christology.
N. T. Wright has an academic affiliation as follows - Worcester College, Oxford.
N. T. Wright has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Origins and the Question of God (Paperback)
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Magnificent Study of the Gospels. May 14, 2008
When I first commented on N.T. Wright's books, I was new to this site and didn't do it under my own name. I'm signing on now, again, to say that he remains for me a giant among scholars. This particular book had an impact that I can't fully describe. A deep Christian spirit pervades the writing itself, and Wright's generosity to skeptical scholarship is a shining Christian example to those of us who become too impatient with the anti-supernaturalists. Wright is a believer and a convincing believer with a brilliant yet accessible style, a genius who has had an immense influence on the entire field of Biblical scholarship. One encounters his name everywhere. Wright's books are mammoth in soul and physical size. He provides a complete education in the Gospels, and many of his other books, the smaller, more compact ones, are profoundly inspiring. Other reviews may have more to say in detail about his most important works, of which this is certainly one. Let me close by saying simply "Make his books a part of your library, and your education, and a part of your prayer life."
Book for all levels Apr 28, 2008
On top of the other people's reviews, I found this book to be great in the sense that N.T. Wright is like a museum guide, leading, showing, and explaining all of the important artifacts and making sure that no one falls behind from the group. For someone who finds other academic Christian book a bit too academic and focusing too much on the trees while forgetting the forest, this book was fascinating and satisfying both on an intellectual and devotional level. He doesn't get too fascinated with his own knowledge of the material, which is encyclopedic, and is careful to spell out and repeat what he is trying to say in simple terms. The resurrection changed the apostle Paul at a very fundamental level and as we see the manifestation of that through his prolific writings, how has it changed me on a personal level? It was a personal challenge to me and a daily reminder that because of the resurrection, the effects of it should imbue every single aspect of my life.
Very thorough. Apr 13, 2008
I am very impressed with Wright's research, method, and clear presentation. Thick book but will keep you reading!
Brings Unity to History, Philosophy & Theology Sep 14, 2007
N.T. Wright recovers the original traction that the idea of resurrection has upon the mind by his masterful integration of many fields of study. Resurrection is not merely the idea of life after death, but the very overthow of death. Comparing the different concepts of resurrection surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he avoids anachronistic traps of reading one age upon another. He also is able to reason to see what would be considered evidence of the resurrection and engauges many possible alternate explanations that ulimately come up short. All in all, he shows that the study of history does not lead one away from the truths of faith by our incapacity to know the past, but that it indeed sheds much more light upon the ancient world than many give history credit for. A splendid read. The depths of Wright's scholarship are matched by his mastery of the English language and a healthy dose of wit.
He makes all things new! May 22, 2007
This book, if you like research and evidence for a thing that has happened, is a court-case; signed and delivered victory for the belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is one of many, by N.T. Wright providing not specualtion, but proof that Jesus was God. He truely, "...made all things new!" For a possible case of what happens next; check out this tagged bookEva-Christ