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The Challenge of Easter
IVP Books / 2010 / Paperback
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Lost among the colored eggs and chocolate candies is Easter's bold, almost unbelievable claim: Jesus has risen from the dead, and now everything is different. Bestselling author N.T. Wright looks at Easter in its earliest context, where a band of followers discovered the fulfillment of all the promises God had made to their people over the centuries. The announcement of a new era unsettled their friends and scandalized their oppressors. That era extends to our day, where to celebrate Easter is to live as though God is among us, making everything new.
Why do we celebrate Easter? Lost among the colored eggs and chocolate candies is Easter's bold, almost unbelievable claim: Jesus has risen from the dead, and now everything is different. Historian, biblical scholar and bestselling author N. T. Wright, in this excerpt from The Challenge of Jesus, takes a step back from the hoopla surrounding Easter to look at it in its earliest context, where we see a band of followers discovering the fulfillment of all the promises God had made to their people over the centuries, and pronouncing a new era that unsettled their friends and scandalized their oppressors. That era extends to our day, where to celebrate Easter is to receive an invitation to live as though God is among us, making everything new.
N. T. Wright, formerly bishop of Durham in England, 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. Wright's full-scale works and are part of a projected six-volume series titled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are and
Top-notch New Testament scholar, Bishop of Durham, prolific author: all these and more could be used to describe the remarkable N. T.Wright.
For twenty years, Wright taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Gregorian University in Rome and many other institutions around the world.
Since 2003, Wright has served as Bishop of Durham. Prior to this appointment, Wright was Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral.
Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are The Original Jesus, What Saint Paul Really Said and The Climax of the Covenant. He is coauthor withMarcus Borg of TheMeaning of Jesus: Two Visions and the volume on Colossians and Philemon in The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.
Wright has also written numerous commentaries and popular books that articulate theology in an accessible way. WithWJK, Wright has done the New Testament for Everyone commentaries, which include both his insights and his own translation of the text. With HarperOne, Wright has published The LastWord, Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope. With InterVarsity Press,Wright published The Challenge of Jesus and Evil and the Justice of God.
In addition to his many books, Bishop Wright reaches a broad audience through his frequent media appearances. A sought-after commentator, Wright has written for newspapers in England, including the Times, the Independent and the Guardian. He has been interviewed numerous times by radio and television broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, including ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, NPR and even The Colbert Report.
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