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The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary [Paperback]

By Tom Wright (Author) & N. T. Wright (Author)
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In reply to the rampant confusion today, the former dean of Lichfield Cathedral crisply outlines the church's position regarding who Jesus was, what he taught, and how he died. Illustrated throughout with color photographs.

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Jesus is in the news as much now as ever before. Whenever there is new evidence or a new analysis about Jesus, the newspapers get interested. Many continued to be fascinated by the person of Jesus and by whether or not he actually did and said what the New Testament Gospels say he did.This new book, written in a lively, non-technical style by biblical theologian Tom Wright, is an ideal introduction for anyone approaching the subject of the "historical Jesus" for the first time.In The Original Jesus Wright focuses on key stages in Jesus' life and on key elements of his teaching. In the process, Wright presents a vivid reconstruction of what Jesus himself was aiming to achieve and how the movement he began can best be understood in relation to the turbulent politics and fervent aspirations of his day. Wright also looks at the way we interpret the different Gospel narratives about Jesus, showing how modern readers coming fresh to these texts can do so in an informed and discriminating way.Based on rigorous historical research and featuring numerous full-color illustrations as well as short, clear chapters, The Original Jesus offers compelling insight into what Jesus really stood for, why he was crucified, and how it was that his followers came to regard him as nothing less than the human face of God.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 25, 1997
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802842836  
ISBN13  9780802842831  

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More About Tom Wright & N. T. Wright

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! N. T. (Tom) Wright is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and one of the most highly respected biblical scholars in the world today. Among his many other published works are "Jesus and the Victory of God, Surprised by Hope, " and "Simply Christian."

Tom Wright has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Relections on Bible Readings

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A Fine and Penetrating Introduction  Feb 16, 2008
Multiple topics are covered within this book that make it an appropriate read for both beginning and more advanced students of Christian origins and the person and mission of Jesus of Nazareth. Any literate person from an astute high school student and beyond will be able to read this book and digest at least some of the author's insights. N. T. (Tom) Wright has the unusual ability to be erudite and profound in relatively simple language. While I find James D. G. Dunn's "Remembering Jesus" to be the current state of the art consideration of Jesus and the early Jesus movement's thoughts about him, nine hundred plus pages of scholarly prose is beyond the capacity of many readers. And, considering this book's sub-title, "The Life of a Revolutionary," I think R. David Kaylor's "Jesus the Prophet" to be a far fuller and more satisfying explication of Jesus' political mission.

With these thoughts in mind, what does one find in this slim little volume? The book's text of one hundred forty odd pages is divided into two equal length section and is full of striking color photographs and boxed inserts amplifying the narrative. The first sections deals with Jesus his message and his mission. Here Wright finds a radical, revolutionary message and a call to implement that message through the Kingdom of God on Earth. Based on a full understanding of the latest socio-rhetorical methods and insights, Jesus is effectively set in his time and place. Wright sees him as a messenger of peaceful revolution distinguished by passive resistance which would be truly unique in antiquity. This uniqueness of course flies in the face of historiographical norms which makes it suspect in some scholarly circles. However, the notion that Jesus was a violent Zealot revolutionary presaging the great Jewish revolt of 70 CE has fallen into disfavor over the last thirty years or so. In all fairness, it should be noted that a lively fringe movement still espouses this position, but it has scant support among current scholars of Christian origins and the historical Jesus.

The second section deals with the gospels that comprise the written record of Jesus' life and deeds and his followers' interpretations thereof. While having different facts and Christologies, the author correctly assures us that these highly disparate and often contradictory accounts are a natural result of varied authorship coupled with later interpretation and emendation. And yes, texts evolved in Antiquity to meet the needs of the communities they served. This was normal and accepted however difficult it is for the post modern mind to deal with. This is especially so since our minds have been conditioned since the Reformation by the concept of Biblical inerrancy. Wright challenges the assumptions and methodologies of the Jesus Seminar and finds their work unsatisfying and arbitrary and to some extent anachronistic. Other modern scholarship is engaged as well. A nice annotated additional reading list is included that fairly represents the diversity of modern scholarship as regards the topics under consideration here. Even those well read in the area may find some things of value here. This book is a remarkable achievement considering that it is such a short, lucid, and easy read. I have rated this book at five stars based on the fact that it accomplishes the task it undertakes with distinction. And that task as I have said in my title is to provide an introduction to this material. I most highly recommend this book especially to those new to the subject.
The book I need to read about Jesus  Jul 4, 2007
After many confusing interpretations of the teachings of Jesus and dogmas from religions and false prophets making money and living a good material life under the umbrella of Christianity, this is a very simple to understand book, and it came into my hands at the right time. Wright explain life in times of Jesus and his teachings very clear and from a neutral point of view. I recommend it.
From the TV show  Aug 2, 2006
This book is a companion to a 1996 TV show. The first part (Jesus - Then and Now) consists of some modified versions of the original script, along with still photos from the show. It's well written, as you would expect a script to be, and the photos are great. Unfortunately there is nothing new here, although it is nicely packaged.

The second part (Reading the Gospels with Both Eyes Open) departs from the original show, but again, there is very little original thinking here. Wright discusses the discrepancies in gospel accounts, the Jesus seminar, the Dead Sea Scrolls, dating the gospels, the Jewish influences, etc.

There is no reference list nor any notes. The index is skimpy, but so too is the content.

Bottom line - this is a well written and nicely illustrated sketch of some aspects of Jesus' life. It will not appeal to scholars and is of limited interest to beginners who will find it too truncated.
True scholarship in a user-friendly package  Mar 25, 2005
This is a brilliant, no-nonsense historical introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. The first half of the book is based on a BBC series on Jesus that the author was asked to write and produce. The second half goes into a bit more depth regarding the Gospels as sources of historical information about Jesus and his mission. The book is an easy read and is full of great photography and art that tie into its story line.

The author is widely respected by conservative and liberal theologians and historians alike, and I especially appreciate his even handed approach and deep understanding of the historical context in which Jesus lived and moved (though he really just scratches the surface in this work). This book is a popular-level treatment of material that he explores in much greater detail in "Jesus and the Victory of God" and other book in that series. Reading this book makes me eager to dig into those deeper texts.
nothing new under the sun  Jan 17, 2005
I regret that I coughed up mazuma for this here book. Unfortunately it doesn't consist any new views. What does the publication say ? "It is a true fact that Jesus has existed. How so ? Because the New Testament says so ! " This is the only proof the author gives. As far as the rest of his text goes, he just flags away the diskrepancies in the NT as unimportant. It is better to read the actual Gospels themselves, and make your own opinion of the Lamb.

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