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  1. Thomas R. Wyatt
    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.
  2. Thomas Olson
    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. Zachary
    Pittsburgh
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding book!
    July 23, 2017
    Zachary
    Pittsburgh
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 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!
  4. Sidney
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A scholarly work worth having
    October 18, 2019
    Sidney
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    N. 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.

  5. Zack Tomlinson
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great work by a great scholar
    November 13, 2022
    Zack Tomlinson
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Resurrection of the Son of God N.T. Wright starts his discussion of the resurrection by delineating his historical method. After spending a brief time summarizing his approach, he starts the discussion on resurrection by reviewing the historical context of ancient thoughts on the topic. Starting from the perspective of the ancient pagans, Wright notes that the road from life to death was a one-way street. While there were a few exceptions to this rule, the general consensus of the ancient world was that there was no resurrection. While the afterlife, if there was any, might look different, what matters was that the afterlife was not in the same world or realm as our current lives. Ancient Judaism was counter cultural because it considered the resurrection as the future hopes to be waiting for. Of course, this understanding was not universally agreed upon, but given the continuation of revelation in the Old Testament, the idea of the resurrection was becoming more and more clear. In Paul, as well as the other New Testament authors, the resurrection becomes central to their religious discussions. Wright then continued on to discuss the story of Easter and many questions regarding the accuracy of the accounts that we have. Finally, Wright focuses on the application of the resurrection and the implications of the resurrection of Jesus for our lives.

    What Wright does amazingly in this book is to show the culture in which the resurrection occurred. The idea of resurrection would be unheard of in the pagan culture surrounding Jewish believers. Even within Judaism, there were disputes about the resurrection, especially when and how it would occur. The claims made by the original followers of Christ were not made in a vacuum. Often authors will claim just how counterintuitive the resurrection claims of Christianity would be to the surrounding cultures, Wright proves this idea to be true in this book. Thus, Wright backs up this claim instead of assuming it to be true, which is a refreshing approach to the discussion. The only issue that I found with this book is that Wright seems to combine a few different topics into one book. Parts IV and V seem almost tacked on at the end. These two topics, replying to skeptical questions about the Easter accounts and the implications of the resurrection, would have more than enough information to be contained in their own book. This is not to say that these parts were poorly written, as they are very well written, but rather it seemed that Wright could not go into as much detail as he normally would in his excellent style of writing.
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