The Resurrection of the Son of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God  -     By: N.T. Wright
2004
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The Resurrection of the Son of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God

Fortress Press / 2003 / Paperback

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Winner of 2003 Theologos award, named both Book of the Year and Best Academic Book by the Association of Theological Booksellers. It has also won the 2004 Christianity Today Book Award in the category of Biblical Studies.

Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question-which any historian must face-renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright focuses on the key question: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about this belief?

This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances."

How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of worldview and theology.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 817
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0800626796
ISBN-13: 9780800626792
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Series: Christian Origins and the Question of God

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Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question -- which any historian must face -- renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about this belief?

This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances."

How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    not a balanced book
    April 20, 2015
    david
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    this book is not an even handed exploration of the subject. it is basically a conservative christian apologetics book with a slanted presentation that is going to send many people off half cocked thinking they have it all squared away.

    the subject matter of the book is too important of a subject and it deserves better than the treatment given here in this book.

    Wright misrepresents the issue of the beliefs of the afterlife in the ANE and hellenism, leaves out important information therein, and then gives the sparsest of alternate explanations worthy of considering when trying to assess the historicity of the resurrection, then more or less pronounces that there ya go folks, see its all true just like the narratives say it is in the gospels.

    I'm not saying that it's not true, i'm just saying, this book does not strike me as a fair and judicious presentation of the subject in the ways mentioned above, which are at the heart of the whole question in the first place.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 1, 2008
    Thomas Olson
    Bishop Wright at his best. Prepare to re-read portions to fully understand. This is a must for serious Bible students!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 29, 2005
    Thomas R. Wyatt
    Astonishing for its depth, everything is covered here. This is the most in depth look at the resurrection in print and reinforces in so many ways the Scriptural accounts.
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