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- Publisher: Fortress Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800626796
- ISBN-13: 978-0800626792
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"- 'The sweep of Wright's project as a whole is breathtaking. It is impossible to give a fair assessment of his achievement without sounding grandiose: no New Testament scholar since Bultmann has ever attempted - let alone achieved - such an innovative and comprehensive account of New Testament history and theology.' Richard B. Hays on The New Testament and the People of God --This text refers to the Digital edition.
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N.T. Wright is Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey. He formerly taught at Cambridge, Montreal, and Oxford. His Fortress Press publications include The Climax of the Covenant (1990), The Contemporary Quest for Jesus (2002); and the first two volumes in this widely heralded series: The New Testament and the People of God (1992) and Jesus and the Victory of God (1996).
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Wright thoroughly dismantles all attempts to interpret the resurrection narratives as "interpretations" of the death of Jesus or as symbolizations of the new found faith of the disciples of Jesus. Wright also effectively destroys the arguments of those who advance the theory that the first Christians employed resurrection language to speak of Jesus' eternal, though spiritual, life with God after his death on the cross. The evidence does not allow us to entertain the possibility that the apostles might have claimed that Jesus had been raised from the dead even while his corpse was still lying in the tomb. If the desire was to simply assert that Jesus was now "with God" or that his soul was in heaven, there was language and conceptuality available to make such claims. To speak of someone being "raised from the dead" can only have one meaning within first century Judaism--God has acted to bestow upon that person an embodied, "physical" form of existence. The surprising thing is that the early Christians employed this language about Jesus even though it was clear that the expected general resurrection of the dead had yet to occur! There was no precedent at all for such a restricted use of resurrection language; but such was the mystery of Easter!
It is time for the Church to finally move beyond Bultmann, Marxsen, and Crossan and confidently reclaim the New Testament proclamation of Jesus' embodied resurrection. This message may be wrong; but let's at least be clear that this is the message of the Church.
My favorite chapter was the one devoted to what Paul actually said about his encounter with Jesus. You might be surprised to learn that there was no falling from the horse in the road to Damascus, and that the narrative in Acts about a blinding light and a voice is only a biblical model to tell about an encounter with God's sphere. Tom Wright is more interested in what Paul himself said, not Luke. And Paul's words cannot be read in another way: he says that he saw Jesus.
If the early christians were wrong or right about Jesus being raised from the dead is another point. Tom puts the evidence in front of us and lets us decide. What remains clear at the end is that those 1st century christian-jews really believed that Jesus raised from the tomb in the first Easter.
Do not buy his book if you're looking for a collection of refutations of skeptical arguments. This book is a thorough historical investigation. Wright examines, among many other things, the "range of options for belief about the dead" that existed for people "roughly two or three hundred years either side of the time of Jesus" (39). Christianity, according to Wright, was born into a world where its central claim--the claim that Jesus was raised from the dead--was assumed to be false because it entailed something that everyone assumed to be impossible (35). If there was going to be some kind of resurrection, it would happen only at the end of history, when everyone (or at least the righteous ones) would be raised at the same time. The best explanation for the early Christian belief, he proposes, is that Jesus in fact bodily rose from the dead.
This book is, in essence, a word study on the word "resurrection." Much more than what Wright presents can be said about the resurrection, and other historians have developed arguments that are perhaps more effective. Although Wright is perhaps more authoritative and educated on this topic, he does not present the evidence as persuasively as he could have. Nevertheless, a reading of this book makes it obvious why many professional Biblical scholars consider this book the most important book on the resurrection.
Buy this book only if you are willing to spend lots of time reading about obscure writings of the ancient world, such as those of the Hellenists or ancient Egyptians or Babylonians. Of course, if these topics fascinate you, you will love this book.