The Resurrection of the Son of God

The Resurrection of the Son of God

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by N. T. Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800626796

ISBN-13: 9780800626792

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

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…  See more details below

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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:
03/28/2003
Series:
Christian Origins and the Question of God Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
848
Sales rank:
159,342
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.65(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. ISetting the Scene1
1The Target and the Arrows3
2Shadows, Souls and Where They Go: Life Beyond Death in Ancient Paganism32
3Time to Wake Up (1): Death and Beyond in the Old Testament85
4Time to Wake Up (2): Hope Beyond Death in Post-Biblical Judaism129
Pt. IIResurrection in Paul207
5Resurrection in Paul (Outside the Corinthian Correspondence)209
6Resurrection in Corinth (1): Introduction277
7Resurrection in Corinth (2): The Key Passages312
8When Paul Saw Jesus375
Pt. IIIResurrection in Early Christianity (Apart from Paul)399
9Hope Refocused (1): Gospel Traditions Outside the Easter Narratives401
10Hope Refocused (2): Other New Testament Writings450
11Hope Refocused (3): Non-Canonical Early Christian Texts480
12Hope in Person: Jesus as Messiah and Lord553
Pt. IVThe Story of Easter585
13General Issues in the Easter Stories587
14Fear and Trembling: Mark616
15Earthquakes and Angels: Matthew632
16Burning Hearts and Broken Bread: Luke647
17New Day, New Tasks: John662
Pt. VBelief, Event and Meaning683
18Easter and History685
19The Risen Jesus as the Son of God719
Bibliography739
Abbreviations739
Indexes780
Index of Ancient Sources780
Index of Modern Authors807
Index of Selected Topics812

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The Resurrection of the Son of God 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Thand_God_for_JSB More than 1 year ago
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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