We have grown used to the battles over Jesus—whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with what the New Testament really teaches?
Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright summarizes a lifetime of study of Jesus and the New Testament in order to present for a general audience who Jesus was and is. In Simply Jesus, we are invited to hear one of our leading scholars introduce the story of the carpenter’s son from Nazareth as if we were hearing it for the first time.
“Jesus—the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important, but not nearly as important as Jesus himself.” As the church faces the many challenges of the twenty-first century, Wright has presented a vision of Jesus that more than meets them.
So good! Wright makes connections about the Kingdom of God that I've never understood before. He challenges us to see God's kingdom as a present reality on earth and that we as the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by candpk
I'm so thankful for this book by NT Wright. The depth of thought & wisdom shared on these pages has helped me greatly as someone who continues to seek Jesus & follow Him.Published 27 days ago by corey w. trevathan
Unique view of the Gospels and Jesus in their cultural setting.Published 1 month ago by Ann M. Norton
For those who do not know Christ this is a great insight into his world and the interactions of Jesus and the expectations and culture in his day. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a fast read, but if read carefully it can be mind blowing. N.T. Wright knows how to put things together so that one sees how Jesus is all over scripture and fully human and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pres rev