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.
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 29 days 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 1 month ago by Pres rev
N.T Wright gives us his witness of the divinity and Messiahship of Jesus Christ. He establishes the historical context of his mortal ministry and demonstrates how he fulfilled this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CRS
Take time and read through it all. It may seem like Wright is belaboring a point, but it awl comes together in the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeannea Tyler
This is an "OK" book but not great. I do like some of Wright's conclusions and insights, especially his take on reign of God stuff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Togo's Dad
This is a great historical analysis of who Jesus was, and why he matters today. It merges solid historical scholarship with genuine pastoral concern. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Hurlocker