Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters [NOOK Book]

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We have grown used to the battles over Jesus—whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with what the New Testament ...

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Overview

We have grown used to the battles over Jesus—whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with what the New Testament really teaches?

Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright summarizes a lifetime of study of Jesus and the New Testament in order to present for a general audience who Jesus was and is. In Simply Jesus, we are invited to hear one of our leading scholars introduce the story of the carpenter’s son from Nazareth as if we were hearing it for the first time.

“Jesus—the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important, but not nearly as important as Jesus himself.” As the church faces the many challenges of the twenty-first century, Wright has presented a vision of Jesus that more than meets them.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Wright patiently explains the world views that Jesus stepped into, how his parables point to his mission, and, finally, what this truth means in today’s world. Wright’s direct style, reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ writings, invites readers in but allows for internal argument.”
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"Wright patiently explains the world views that Jesus stepped into, how his parables point to his mission, and, finally, what this truth means in today’s world. Wright’s direct style, reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ writings, invites readers in but allows for internal argument."
Lauren F. Winner
“N. T. Wright’s introduction to Jesus is erudite (and yet also entertaining), and decidedly thought-provoking. Somewhat to my surprise, I felt that, in reading Simply Jesus, I was really coming to know Jesus better; reading Simply Jesus, I actually felt Him near.”
Rowan Williams
“Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into vivid, clear and accessible form. This book is yet another of his great gifts to the worldwide church.”
Jon Meacham
“No one living today is writing more thoughtfully and compellingly about Christian theology than N.T. Wright. With Simply Jesus, he takes readers on an illuminating intellectual expedition to recover the Christian Messiah. If you have not read Wright, start now, and start with this book.”
Timothy George
“Tom Wright has a fresh way of presenting the story of Jesus, the one and only Savior and Lord of the four canonical Gospels. This book retrieves Jesus from the margins of contemporary ideologies and places him once again at the heart of biblical faith. A compelling read!”
Kimberly Mauck
When today’s leading New Testament theologian has something new to say about anything, readers pay attention. In his latest work, he again exhibits his gift for making in-depth scholarship vivid and accessible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062084415
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 106,577
  • File size: 551 KB

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 severing as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews; he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of 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, and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as translator for The Kingdom New Testament.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Go Jesus

    Loved this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Not-so-simply Jesus

    This book was very obviously well-researched. The problem with it was that it didn't always make sense to me. I think that may have been due to my lacking intellect, having been nurtured most recently by touchy-feely Christian books rather than those with an academic spin.

    Yes, I was confused a bit, but I would still recommend this book to those who are more intellectual than I and who have a fuller appreciation of Biblical-era history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Full of repetitious metaphors

    The gospels are more understandable than this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Great book, not that usable on a NOOK

    I originally purchased this for my NOOK. I love N.T. Wright and enjoy my Nook, but they were not that compatible The NOOK would not save the page of my last reading, so I had to remember where I left off. I have not had that problem with other products and do not understand why it happened. In order to save my place where I was reading, I purchased a hard copy. I don't know what the problem was, but, like I said, I am enjoying the book and enjoy my NOOK also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Only 5 stars?!

    One of very few, If not only book, I have read twice , back to back. Immerses the reader into the context of how the world around Jesus thought of him, how he thought of himself, and why it al matters today. Are christians here only to "win one more soul" (as important as that is), or is there more? YES THERE IS!

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