The Original Jesus Life and Vision: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary

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Jesus is in the news as much now as ever before. Whenever there is new evidence or a new analysis about Jesus, the newspapers get interested. Many continued to be fascinated by the person of Jesus and by whether or not he actually did and said what the New Testament Gospels say he did.

This new book, written in a lively, non-technical style by biblical theologian Tom Wright, is an ideal introduction for anyone approaching the subject of the "historical Jesus" for the first time.

In The Original Jesus Wright focuses on key stages in Jesus' life and on key elements of his teaching. In the process, Wright presents a vivid reconstruction of what Jesus himself was aiming to achieve and how the movement he began can best be understood in relation to the turbulent politics and fervent aspirations of his day. Wright also looks at the way we interpret the different Gospel narratives about Jesus, showing how modern readers coming fresh to these texts can do so in an informed and discriminating way.

Based on rigorous historical research and featuring numerous full-color illustrations as well as short, clear chapters, The Original Jesus offers compelling insight into what Jesus really stood for, why he was crucified, and how it was that his followers came to regard him as nothing less than the human face of God.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Original Jesus is a popular account of the research of an important critic of the Jesus Seminar and includes a fine annotated bibliography. . . An excellent starting point for newcomers to historical Jesus research as well as a popular snapshot of current discussion for those already familiar with the debate."

CBA Marketplace
"There's nothing I've read more concisely stated or more beautifully illustrated."

Library Journal
"The chapters are brief and easily read, presenting Jesus in the context of the political turmoil and messianic expectations of the times. . . Well written and easily read. . . Highly recommended."

National Catholic Reporter
"Well-written . . . a cultural analysis of some of the stories by and about Jesus that sheds new light on the familiar tales. . . Gorgeously presented, richly illustrated and visually pleasing as well as intellectually stimulating."

CBA Marketplace
There's nothing I've read more concisely stated or more beautifully illustrated.
National Catholic Reporter
"Well-written...a cultural analysis of some of the stories by and about Jesus that sheds new light on the familiar tales.... Gorgeously presented, richly illustrated and visually pleasing as well as intellectually stimulating."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842831
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 149
  • Sales rank: 725,439
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

N. T. (Tom) Wright is Chair in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. Formerly he was Bishop of Durham, the fourth ranking post in the Church of England, 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 work Jesus and the Victory of God is widely regarded as one of the most significant studies in the contemporary "Third Quest" of the historical Jesus. Among his many other published works are The Meaning of Jesus (with Marcus Borg) and The Challenge of Jesus.
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Table of Contents

Preface 6
1 The End of a Beautiful Dream 10
2 The Lowest Point of History 22
3 The Two-Edged Story 34
4 Message from the Mountain 44
5 The Centre of the Cosmos 56
6 Back to the Garden 66
7 God with a Human Face 76
8 Getting to Grips with the Gospels 90
9 The Jewish World of the Gospels 110
10 The Gospels: How, When and Why? 126
Further Reading 151
Index 158
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