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.
clear presentation of Jesus in his historical Jewish - Roman setting. similar content to his more scholarly books on the topic, but more accessible to the everyday reader. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Randal M. Hill
As Lewis was to the Church and world of the 20th century so is N.T. Wright to the Church and world of the 21st century. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
Valuable insights, especially about the historical dynamics surrounding Jesus' life on earth. Discusses many distortions of Jesus' essential teachings and meaning by the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Faith Wright
Easy read by a renowned theologian. Great for new Christians looking to establish their beliefs or at least ask some questions.Published 1 month ago by T. Lambert