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Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship Paperback – July 14, 1995

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Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship is a compilation of twelve exhilarating meditations exploring what it truly means to follow Jesus today. N. T. Wright first outlines the essential message of the six major New Testament books (Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark, and Revelation) looking in particular at their portrayal of Jesus and what he accomplished in his sacrificial death. He then takes six key New Testament themes (resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life) and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

N. T. (Tom) Wright is Chair in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. Formerly he was Bishop of Durham, the fourth ranking post in the Church of England, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, and Dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale work

is widely regarded as one of the most significant studies in the contemporary "Third Quest" of the historical Jesus. Among his many other published works are

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 59745th edition (July 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802841325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802841322
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Wright shows how biblical scholarship should be done. Not only does he produce heavy weight works (such as "Jesus and the Victory of God" or "The Climax of the Covenant") but also he is at pains to show how the Bible can and should inform our lives today.
It was a bold move to start the book with a chapter on Hebrews, arguably the hardest book in the New Testament (its chief rival for that title would be Revelation, which also gets a chapter). This gamble of faith pays off. Part of the value of this book is the fact that it explores sections of the New Testament canon that are looked at less than they perhaps should be.
The second half of the book contains more thematic treatments. I do not know if Wright would be complimented by this, but I found it very reminiscent of C. S. Lewis (the major difference is that Wright is more biblical - not a bad compliment in my view).
The chapter I most remember is the one on Hell. He helped my to understand this difficult concept in such a way as to be both clear and compassionate.
Excellent, excellent, excellent.
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Wright shows that he can operate (dominate) in the scholarly debates and effectively preach and inspire from the pulpit. This book takes the major points of his more exhaustive works (New Testament And The People Of God, Jesus And The Victory Of God)and draws out the spiritual consequences of his theological conclusions. Your mind will be challenged by NTPG & JVG, your commitment will be challenged by this book.
Wright tackles several "third rail" topics of the New Testament, like the books of John and Revelation and the ideas of heaven and hell. I enjoyed his opening remark about John being a lot like his wife whom he loves very much but cannot say that he understands her completely. This candor is greatly appreciated from a scholar of Wrights caliber. We don't often get personal insights from those who are shaping the theological debates today.
A quick and easy read that readers will find rewarding. Highly recommended
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This book shows, what informed theology can achieve for the normal church goer. N.T. Wright uses all his insights as prominent NT scholar, that he is, to share with his readers, what the NT message could be for our time. Following Jesus is the overall theme of his sermons, nonetheless it's not a book about "what would Jesus do" or this kind of stuff. On the contrary it seriously engages with the messages of certain NT books like Hebrews, Matthew, John etc. in the first part. In the second part, Wright elaborates on major NT themes like heaven and hell, resurrection and the new world. Each sermon starts with a close reading of the NT evidence and provides responsible information about the chosen topic. And all of them end in a clear suggestion, what the message means for us today, reaching far beyond any personal ethic, setting the questions in a social and political context, too. You'll never get the impression of being bored, always there's a surprising way of reading NT texts and books. The style is gently British - decent yet convincing. I've seldom read a book, combining so much of scholarly insight and theological reasoning with warm preaching, except for maybe the books by Carlo M. Martini, Archbishop of Milan (Italy) and leading textual critic. I can heartly recommend it to scholar, clergy and layperson alike.
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N. T. Wright has the unique gift of clear insight into the biblical world and contemporary world coupled with a critically passionate faith. Each of the sermons masterfully explores a New Testament book or theme, providing a succinct overview and enlightening reflections. Yet the power of this book is in Wright's ability to tie together these insights with the challenges of following Jesus in today's world. By helping readers to see Jesus more clearly, Wright calls and encourages us to follow Jesus more nearly. Although not marketed as an introduction to the New Testament, these reflections are among the best brief introductions to Matthew, Mark, John, Colossians, Hebrews and Revelation. They are accessible to adults of all education and age levels, yet provide a solid meal of soul food for all who hunger to grow in their spiritual lives. "Following Jesus" has drawn me deeper in my understanding of Jesus and the scriptures, as well as deeper in my faith.
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N.T. Wright is one of the few biblical scholars who effectively bridges the gap between the academy and the church. He takes a great interest in fleshing out the effects of his scholarly findings on his day-to-day walk in obedience to Christ. In this series of sermons, certain overriding themes emerge, most importantly, the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus. That will be quite refreshing for those used to the skepticism of other "Jesus scholars" who would deny such a supernatural occurrence. In some instances, he tackles subjects from a non-traditional angle, but he is nothing if not thoroughly biblical, and it is healthy to have one's presuppositions challenged occasionally. This would be an excellent volume for group study, or to supplement any bible study concerning the biblical books and subjects covered here.
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