N.T. WrightFortress Press / 2003 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$30.994 out of 5 stars for The Resurrection of the Son of God. View reviews of this product. 5 Reviews
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Sidney5 Stars Out Of 5A scholarly work worth havingOctober 18, 2019SidneyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5N. T. Wright, a theologian, Bishop of the Anglican church, and university professor wrote what he intended to be a two-part book on the life of Jesus and how Christianity developed from his life and death. His study on the resurrection was planned as a chapter but ended up being an 800-page book in its own right (a third volume) because he went down the rabbit trail of research. Because N. T. Wright is a scholar and a Christian believer, he examined each of the common hypotheses that water down the history including tales about the Jews, Paul, beliefs of the first generation Christians, Christianity being based in late mythology and legend, Jesus's resurrection appearances being anything but literal and real, and explanations of what happened to Jesus's body to account for the empty tomb. His analysis and investigation included the extant manuscripts from pre-New Testament writing regarding the topic of resurrection through the gospel accounts, Paul's writings, then first and second century Christian and non-Christian writers. His thoroughness provides us with copious well-examined evidences of what the people in those times actually believed and his conclusion as to what really happened to the historical figure of Jesus.
The book is a fascinating read, but long! And detailed. Occasionally he bogs down in esoterica and jargon given that he is a theologian and professor and isn't really writing to a casual lay audience, but overall it is readable. In Part I, Wright wades through extant sources to discern what ancient people believed about death, afterlife, and resurrection. In Parts II and III he covers Biblical writings about resurrection, what happened to Jesus and what people believed about it, then in Parts IV and V he puts it all together by looking at Easter through the points of view of the authors of each of the four Gospel accounts and Paul's conversion after seeing the risen Jesus. Finally, after all this scholarship, he concludes that the two facts of the empty tomb and the multiple appearances of the resurrected Jesus are irrefutable and that this combined evidence is enough to believe that Jesus actually did rise from the dead in a physical resurrected body that is slightly different from our earthly ones.
N. T. Wright's book is definitely worth the read, suitable for anyone who wants confirmation that Christianity is based in historical events and wants to learn what really happened to Jesus. It is a fat 800-page book, exhaustively thorough but readable and gives plenty of evidence for the serious skeptic or serious Christianand everyone in betweento discern more about what really happened in that pivotal first century event and its aftermath. Along with this book, if you also read Michael Licona's "The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach" you'll have a very thorough and complete look at Jesus's resurrection from both a theological angle and a historical one that complement each other and are equally rigorous but in different ways. Each could be a life-changing book for some readers. Both are worth your time.
ZacharyPittsburghAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding book!July 23, 2017ZacharyPittsburghAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The reviewer David gave this book 1 star! That is outrageous. It's obvious he did not even read the book and is some atheist with an axe to grind. And someone is marking positive reviews as "No". No doubt this book was posted on some atheist blog and they came here without even reading the book to cause trouble and make the book look bad. NT Wright has done a masterful and very balanced (contrary to David's assertion) treatment of Christ's resurrection. This book is long, but it's well worth the time invested!
david1 Stars Out Of 5not a balanced bookApril 20, 2015davidQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0this 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.
Thomas Olson5 Stars Out Of 5July 1, 2008Thomas OlsonBishop Wright at his best. Prepare to re-read portions to fully understand. This is a must for serious Bible students!
Thomas R. Wyatt5 Stars Out Of 5December 29, 2005Thomas R. WyattAstonishing 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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