The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is  -     By: N.T. Wright
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The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is

Inter-Varsity Press / 1999 / Hardcover

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A renewed and vigorous scholarly quest for the historical Jesus is underway. Out of his own commitment to both historical scholarship and Christian ministry, Wright challenges us to roll up our sleeves and take seriously the study of the historical Jesus. The Challenge of Jesus poses the challenge of learning to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, while following Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0830822003
ISBN-13: 9780830822003
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Publisher's Description

Today a renewed and vigorous scholarly quest for the historical Jesus is underway. In the midst of well publicized and controversial books on Jesus, N. T. Wright's lectures and writings have been widely recognized for providing a fresh, provocative and historically credible portrait. Out of his own commitment to both historical scholarship and Christian ministry, Wright challenges us to roll up our sleeves and take seriously the study of the historical Jesus. He writes, "Many Christians have been, frankly, sloppy in their thinking and talking about Jesus, and hence, sadly, in their praying and in their practice of discipleship. We cannot assume that by saying the word Jesus, still less the word Christ, we are automatically in touch with the real Jesus who walked and talked in first-century Palestine. . . . Only by hard, historical work can we move toward a fuller comprehension of what the Gospels themselves were trying to say." The Challenge of Jesus poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century.

Author Bio

A prolific writer of both scholarly and popular books, N.T. Wright has written over thirty books, including and His magisterial work, is widely regarded as one of the most significant contributions to contemporary New Testament studies. His includes commentaries covering the whole New Testament. Formerly bishop of Durham in England, Wright is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly 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. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Gregorian University in Rome and many other institutions around the world. In addition to his many books, Wright reaches a broad audience through his frequent media appearances. A sought-after commentator, Wright writes frequently for newspapers in England, including the and the He has been interviewed numerous times by radio and television broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, including ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

Library Journal

Attempting to provide a fresh look at the Gospel through honest historical study and to produce a firm sitz im leben for Jesus, Wright (dean, Lichfield Cathedral) uses this portrait to motivate Christians to follow a "Jesus-shaped" model of discipleship. He has propounded a new orthodoxy that has caused many of his historical colleagues to call him a "fundamentalist," even as fundamentalists are calling him a "compromised pseudo-liberal." That aside, Wright has produced a work of frankly evangelical faith with strong historical integrity, because both are necessary for serious study, uncomfortable as that may be. While he believes that the quest for the historical Jesus is necessary, he is sharply critical of modern, skeptical scholarship. Wright closes with a rousing call for an active, Jesus-like involvement in the world. A refreshing and inspiring read for those who take both conservative faith and historical scholarship seriously. Recommended for academic and public libraries.--Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Here, prolific Anglican theologian and historical Jesus quester Wright makes accessible to lay readers the arguments he laid out in his scholarly tome Jesus and the Victory of God. But Wright does more than just rehash old arguments; he adds a discussion of the resurrection, absent from Victory, and addresses the prickly problem of relevance. In the first six chapters, Wright tackles many of the questions of the historical Jesus debate: Did Jesus believe the Kingdom of God was "now" or "later"? (Both, says Wright.) Did He know He was God in the same way "that one knows one is hungry or thirsty"? ("It was not a mathematical knowledge.... It was more like the knowledge that I have that I am loved by those closest to me.") What exactly happened on Easter? (Jesus' body seemed both physical and transphysical.) Wright then addresses how all these historical-cum-theological musings are significant for Christians living in a postmodern world. This superb addition to Wright's oeuvre will prove fruitful reading for neophytes as well as for those already familiar with his approach. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"Wright has produced a work of frankly evangelical faith with strong historical integrity, because both are necessary for serious study, uncomfortable as that may be. . . . A refreshing and inspiring read for those who take both conservative faith and historical scholarship seriously. Recommended for academic and public libraries."
"This superb addition to Wright's oeuvre will prove fruitful reading for neophytes as well as for those already familiar with his approach."

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    Very difficult to follow
    April 7, 2012
    SusanL
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    Our small group did a study on this book. It was incredibly hard to follow. One sentence could literally be half a page long. While I think nt's heart is in the right place, he contradicts and argues with himself so much that sometimes you wonder just what he really thinks. Then again it could be just that I'm not bright enough.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2010
    Daniel Stowers
    A Catholic taxi driver once quipped to Tom Wright 'If Jesus was raised from the dead, the rest is just rock and roll, isn't it?' What can be more central and key and important to believers than who Jesus was and is, and what he did and said? This book contains, in succinct form, Wright's refreshing (and at times startling) insights into Jesus' person, words and work. Reading this book with a prayerfully open mind and heart, it is impossible to come away without a closer and more vital and real relationship with King Jesus than you began with.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 28, 2008
    Benjamin Kirkup
    This book proved to be an excellent summary of N T Wright's 3 volume "Christian Origins and the Question of God". It would be hard to appreciate the power of his thoughts in this short volume, but it is even harder to keep track of the main thoughts in the longer version. Both should be read. N T Wright is an outstanding historian and his particular theology, which one might disagree with, does not show through in this excellent discussion of how to understand the context of the Gospels.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2008
    Claudia Williams
    Mr. Wright is an honest historian who loves Christ. I appreciated his style of investigation. But this book really opened my eyes to Jesus' appeal to the Jewish nation of His day on earth. He was telling them that He was the fulfillment of the prophesies, and He proved it by rising from the dead. Many times he made reference to the coming judgment on the Jewish nation which would reject Him. Before I read this book, I never understood the passages that way. This has been very enlightening, and I would recommend it highly.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 20, 2004
    Dustin Keeton Williams
    This book was awesome and life changing for me...it spoke to a need I already had, to a position I was already in. Rejected from both liberal and conservative viewpoints, in the wasteland between, extends a truly progressive, and yet evangelical, vision of what following Jesus means. I highly recommend this book, or anything else by Wright, to all people.
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