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How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    Thought provoking

    Absolutely love N.T. Wright and how he bring scholarship into every day language. How God Became King continues with the theme of most of his books expanding the scope of the continuing story of the Bible.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    One of Bishop Wright's best books

    I would call this a companion book to Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, both by Wright. The book is thought-provoking, just like his other books. I learned a lot about the gospel writers and early Christianity and recommend it to any Wright fan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    Highly Recommended - a great addition to understanding Jesus, why He came, and what He did

    I have not finished reading this book yet, but thus far I have thoroughly enjoyed and gained much from this book. The basic premise of the book is that the focus of Christians primarily on doctrinal and creedal formulations of the Christian faith, often for very good reason historically, has left a hole in the middle of our understanding of things, especially the four Gospels themselves. Wright argues that this often leaves us unable to let the Gospels speak for themselves, since we are trained to be looking primarily for the divinity of Jesus or something about His atoning death. Indeed, those are found in the Gospel. Wright does not seek to diminish or take away from that. However, in so focusing exclusively on those things, we miss the greater context which actually gives more body and depth to realities of the faith such as those and others. We miss what the Gospels are really saying. What are they really saying? Wright argues that the Gospels, in their own ways, were written to demonstrate how the Creator of the universe who chose Israel as the chosen vessel through which to bless all nations and redeem the world has become King of creation, re-established his authority, gone about the business of His Kingdom and secure the redemption of the world through the man Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel, then, does not merely tie back to Genesis 3. It ties into the very Jewish story of the rest of the Bible. It ties to Abraham and to the Exodus and to the Kings and prophets. The Gospels are the story of how the Creator God, Israel's God, became King, and how He did it in a way that fulfilled all of His promises, yet in a way that pretty much nobody expected or would have chosen. I am eager to finish this volume, as it has given much more substance and context to my reading of the Gospels, no longer leaving me to ponder how certain passages fit into any of the things we are typically taught ot focus on but allowing them to say what they say.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    For anyone who grew up (as I did) under the pervasive influence

    For anyone who grew up (as I did) under the pervasive influence of Pauline Christianity, this book is an insightful corrective. That is not to say that Paul is in any way discounted; rather, the focus is placed back upon the Gospels. Wright patiently and clearly outlines what the Gospels are saying to us based upon what they were saying to their readers in the 1st century. The message that emerges is clear: when Jesus tells his disciples that the Kingdom is at hand, he is not offering prophecy, but rather a simple declaration of present fact! I recommend this book highly!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Not true

    This book is full of bougus info god is not a real person HORRIDBLE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Avalon web of magic

    Thre ggirls kicking bad guys butt

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