The Resurrection of the Son of God

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To probe why Christianity began, and why it took the shape it did, renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright focuses on the key questions any historian must face: What precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about this belief? This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, maps ancient beliefs about life after death in both the pagan and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the Gospels not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his 'appearances.' How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic 'son of God.' Facing this question ourselves, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800626792
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Christian Origins and the Question of God Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 109,326
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Setting the Scene 1
1 The Target and the Arrows 3
2 Shadows, Souls and Where They Go: Life Beyond Death in Ancient Paganism 32
3 Time to Wake Up (1): Death and Beyond in the Old Testament 85
4 Time to Wake Up (2): Hope Beyond Death in Post-Biblical Judaism 129
Pt. II Resurrection in Paul 207
5 Resurrection in Paul (Outside the Corinthian Correspondence) 209
6 Resurrection in Corinth (1): Introduction 277
7 Resurrection in Corinth (2): The Key Passages 312
8 When Paul Saw Jesus 375
Pt. III Resurrection in Early Christianity (Apart from Paul) 399
9 Hope Refocused (1): Gospel Traditions Outside the Easter Narratives 401
10 Hope Refocused (2): Other New Testament Writings 450
11 Hope Refocused (3): Non-Canonical Early Christian Texts 480
12 Hope in Person: Jesus as Messiah and Lord 553
Pt. IV The Story of Easter 585
13 General Issues in the Easter Stories 587
14 Fear and Trembling: Mark 616
15 Earthquakes and Angels: Matthew 632
16 Burning Hearts and Broken Bread: Luke 647
17 New Day, New Tasks: John 662
Pt. V Belief, Event and Meaning 683
18 Easter and History 685
19 The Risen Jesus as the Son of God 719
Bibliography 739
Abbreviations 739
Indexes 780
Index of Ancient Sources 780
Index of Modern Authors 807
Index of Selected Topics 812
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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Extraordinarily Impressive Scholarship

    This book is for those really interested in a work of in-depth scholarship on the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Wright carefully "clears the ground" by studying the beliefs regarding life after death of the Old Testament era Jews, Greek, and Romans, with a nod to Egyptian beliefs also. Then he minutely examines the letters of Paul, and the Gospels, carefully weighing verses, and if necessary single words with customary meanings, or the part of speech and inflection to aid in understanding what the writers meant. The notes and bibliography are copious. Not recommended for the casual reader, unless that reader has PhD's in classics, ancient languages, philosophy, etc. However a must-read for Biblical scholars, and other serious students in related areas.

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