How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

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by N. T. Wright
     
 

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Foundational: The four gospels come directly fromthe ancient church and are among the primary sourcesfor the church's teachings.

Familiar: Since Christian worship services began, areading from the gospels has played a central role.

Studied: For over two hundred years scholars havechallenged and defended the central claims of thegospels: miracles,

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Foundational: The four gospels come directly fromthe ancient church and are among the primary sourcesfor the church's teachings.

Familiar: Since Christian worship services began, areading from the gospels has played a central role.

Studied: For over two hundred years scholars havechallenged and defended the central claims of thegospels: miracles, historical accuracy, the divinity ofJesus, and more.

But Forgotten: Still, leading Bible scholar N. T.Wright reveals shocking news: We have all forgottenwhat the four gospels are about.

"Despite centuries of intense and heavy industryexpended on the study of all sorts of features of thegospels," Wright writes, "we have often managed tomiss the main thing that they, all four of them, aremost eager to tell us. What we need is not just a bitof fine-tuning, an adjustment here and there. We needa fundamental rethink about what the gospels aretrying to tell us."

What Wright offers is an opportunity to confront thesepowerful texts afresh, as if we are encountering themfor the first time. How God Became King reveals thesurprising, unexpected, and shocking news of thegospels: this is the story of a new king, a new kind ofking, a king who has changed everything, and a kingwho invites us to be part of his new world.

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Editorial Reviews

Tremper Longman III
“We often read the beginning and the end of the Gospels without the large middle where the message of the kingdom rings loud and clear. I recommend to everyone who wants to understand the Gospels’ message in a way that will not only inform the intellect but also transform life.”
Scot McKnight
“Tom Wright continues to urge and prod and propose how the church can regain a kingdom footing and end its empire heritage. And, he shows us how we can reshape both what we think about Jesus and how we follow him in our world.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Wright has never been more eloquent and persuasive than in this book that… caps a long, productive theological career.”
Christianity Magazine
“Scholarly, accessible, insightful and challenging . . . an excellent and provocative book.”
The Washington Post
“The prolific Christian apologist N.T. Wright… now devotes an entire volume, ‘How God Became King’ to this trendy subject. Wright’s insistence that Christianity has got it all wrong seems to mark a turning point for the serious rethinking of heaven.”
Englewood Review of Books
“Wright is a scholar who writes as if the material he engages actually matters for the church and the world it lives in… and has again done the church a great favor in presenting the gospel story as the story of God and his kingdom on earth.”
Booklist
"Wright has never been more eloquent and persuasive than in this book that… caps a long, productive theological career."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062098733
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/13/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
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242,451
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Tremper Longman III

“We often read the beginning and the end of the Gospels without the large middle where the message of the kingdom rings loud and clear. I recommend to everyone who wants to understand the Gospels’ message in a way that will not only inform the intellect but also transform life.”

Scot McKnight

“Tom Wright continues to urge and prod and propose how the church can regain a kingdom footing and end its empire heritage. And, he shows us how we can reshape both what we think about Jesus and how we follow him in our world.”

Meet the Author

N. T. Wright is the former bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of Surprised by Scripture, The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as being the translator for The Kingdom New Testament.

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How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Mathetes76 More than 1 year ago
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.
Avid-readerKS More than 1 year ago
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.
smith01kns More than 1 year ago
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.
Raleighreader More than 1 year ago
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!!!
FCVA More than 1 year ago
Bishop Wright asks what ought to be a simple question that the Christian faithful of all parts of the Church ought to have a ready answer for - but don't! What is the point of the story saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are trying to tell? Can it be summed up in our creeds where we go from born of the virgin Mary to suffered under Pontius Pilate in a single breath? No, the story is much more coherent and compelling than that but due to reaction to various historical forces it's been all but lost. I'm grateful to NT Wright for illuminating that which is under our very noses but has been obscured.
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This book is full of bougus info god is not a real person HORRIDBLE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!