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The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was & Is

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Overview

Today a renewed and vigorous scholarly quest for the historical Jesus is underway. In the midst of well publicized and controversial books on Jesus, N. T. Wright's lectures and writings have been widely recognized for providing a fresh, provocative and historically credible portrait.

Out of his own commitment to both historical scholarship and Christian ministry, Wright challenges us to roll up our sleeves and take seriously the study of the historical Jesus. He writes, "Many Christians have been, frankly, sloppy in their thinking and talking about Jesus, and hence, sadly, in their praying and in their practice of discipleship. We cannot assume that by saying the word Jesus, still less the word Christ, we are automatically in touch with the real Jesus who walked and talked in first-century Palestine. . . . Only by hard, historical work can we move toward a fuller comprehension of what the Gospels themselves were trying to say."

The Challenge of Jesus poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830822003
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/1999
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 812,994
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

N. T. Wright, formerly bishop of Durham in England, is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series titled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are Surprised by Hope and Simply Christian.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Challenge of Studying Jesus
2. The Challenge of the Kingdom
3. The Challenge of the Symbols
4. The Crucified Messiah
5. Jesus & God
6. The Challenge of Easter
7. Walking to Emmaus in a Postmodern World
8. The Light of the World
Notes

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