Jesus and the Victory of God

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Overview

In this highly anticipated volume, N. T. Wright focuses directly on the historical Jesus: Who was he? What did he say? And what did he mean by it?

Wright begins by showing how the questions posed by Albert Schweitzer a century ago remain central today. Then he sketches a profile of Jesus in terms of his prophetic praxis, his subversive stories, the symbols by which he reordered his world, and the answers he gave to the key questions that any world view must address. The examination of Jesus' aims and beliefs, argued on the basis of Jesus' actions and their accompanying riddles, is sure to stimulate heated response. Wright offers a provocative portrait of Jesus as Israel's Messiah who would share and bear the fate of the nation and would embody the long-promised return of Israel's God to Zion.

In a responsibly provocative new portrayal of several old issues raised by the quest of the historical Jesus, the author of The Climax of the Covenant deals with such questions as: What was Jesus' message? How did Jesus see Hi mself in relation to other Jewish leaders and groups of his time? How does the work of Jesus relate to the rise of the church?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800626822
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Series: Christian Origins and the Question of God Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 770
  • Sales rank: 319,537
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Jesus Then and Now 3
2 Heavy Traffic on Wredebahn: The 'New Quest' Renewed? 28
3 Back to the Future: The 'Third Quest' 83
4 Prodigals and Paradigms 125
5 The Praxis of a Prophet 147
6 Stories of the Kingdom (1): Announcement 198
7 Stories of the Kingdom (2): Invitation, Welcome, Challenge and Summons 244
8 Stories of the Kingdom (3): Judgment and Vindication 320
9 Symbol and Controversy 383
10 The Questions of the Kingdom 443
11 Jesus and Israel: The Meaning of Messiahship 477
12 The Reasons for Jesus' Crucifixion 540
13 The Return of the King 612
14 Results 655
Appendix Kingdom of God in Early Christian Literature 663
Bibliography 671
Indexes 703
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