The Resurrection of the Son of God

The Resurrection of the Son of God

by N. T. Wright
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ISBN-10:
0800626796
ISBN-13:
9780800626792
Pub. Date:
03/28/2003
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
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The Resurrection of the Son of God 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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.
She-Kinah-lovelee More than 1 year ago
Wright artfully masters a hermeneutical approach to his study of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, in his book The Resurrection Of The Son Of God. Wright chooses to first make plain that there is a link between history and theology due to the overlap between the two subjects. He clearly defines that there is a type of feat to be accomplished by studying the resurrection. Wright also defines his method of success as well as puts to rest the objection that this type of feat should not even be attempted. He sets out to challenge to status quo by 1. Objecting that the Jewish version of ‘resurrection’ could have had a variety of meanings 2. Assuring that Paul did believe in bodily resurrection but held a spiritual view 3. Confirming what the early Christians believed 4. Denying that the resurrection stories were late inventions. - Wright does great work by conveying that these are not the type of stories that the disciples would have invented. 5. By disengaging the thought that Paul and the disciple’s experiences fantasy or hallucinations. 6. Finally, Wright challenges the differing opinions on what happened to Jesus’ body. There are key passages in Corinthians that Wright dedicates his time to. 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 is the passage where Wright shows that Paul is carefully structuring these verses so that they allude to new creation, in a type of parallel to Genesis 1-3. He points to the list of witnesses that Paul cites, as a clear indication to show that Paul does not mean to make a metaphor of the disciple’s experience. Wright spends time nuancing Greek words dealing with the resurrection topic such as parousia, anastesei, psychikon, and pneumatikon. Wright pays much detailed attention to the account of when Paul saw Jesus. Asserting that the three times that Paul writes about his conversion experience it is to make a specific point. When Wright considers the canonical gospels, he finds evidence of the fact the Church didn’t invent the sayings of Jesus because they all end in the same way, except Mark, with Jesus appearing to His followers. There is clarity in all the gospel traditions of not only what Jesus meant, but what His followers believed. Wright uses 1st and 2nd Clement, Tertullian, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Letter of Barnabas, The Shepard of Hermas, Papias, and early Christian Apocrypha- as evidence that there was a hope that the early believers looked forward to. Even though it is clear what the early believers thought of the resurrection there are still general issues with the Easter stories such as: was Jesus human, how do the empty tomb and appearances relate to the belief in Jesus’ ascension, and finally, the rival claims of apostolic authority. Wright with expertise and ease handle these issues and moves on to the meaning of all this study. He addresses how the Christian understanding of the resurrection of Jesus, was that this type of event was thought to always be destined to happen and it eventually did when Christ rose from the dead. Eventually affecting the worldviews, history, and the meaning of the term “Son of God” today.
WillW87 More than 1 year ago
The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright explains how Christianity began and formed into what we see it as today. In this third installment of N.T. Wright’s series on the origin of Christianity, Wright aims to show that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is as solid historically as history can get. In this large tome, Wright takes us into the mind of a Jew who lived during the time of Jesus. He explains in depth the beliefs of Jews who lived during the time of Jesus, what their understanding of a Messiah was, the Jewish view of the afterlife in Jesus’ time, and evidences for the resurrection in not only the Gospels, but also the epistles and non-canonical sources. As an added bonus, Wright also covers some of the more difficult issues in the Gospel accounts including some discrepancies in the details of the resurrection accounts as well as the saints rising during an earthquake in the book of Matthew. In essence, Wright desires to leave no stone unturned and no question unasked when attempting to show the resurrection of Jesus to be historically true. To be frank, this book is very academic. If one is looking for a casual read, this would not be the book for them. This book has 750 pages of content and one has to be able to track with ideas the whole way through. However, for the mind that is hungry for answers, this book provides exactly the intellectual feast one needs to satisfy all their historical doubts about the resurrection. If one really wants a full answer to the question, “How do we know that Jesus Christ rose from the dead?” this is the book for them. Wright has done his homework on the topic of the resurrection of Christ, as evidenced by his 34-page bibliography. I believe that this will be one of the definitive works on the resurrection of Jesus for years to come. After reading this book I would imagine that the most hard-nosed Jesus skeptic can have some of the layers of doubt peeled off when it comes to the historical Jesus and what we know about his death. For the Christian, it provides a magnificent boost in one’s confidence about the miracle of the resurrection. While many scholars have postulated that early believers may have thought the resurrection was spiritual in nature, Wright dismantles that claim with his deep understanding of the Jewish culture during the time of Jesus. This volume reminds its readers why the resurrection would have been believed as only a bodily resurrection by second temple Jews. The implications for this book are enormous. As Wright himself says, “Saying that ‘Jesus of Nazareth was bodily raised from the dead’ is not only a self-involving statement; it is a self-committing statement, going beyond a reordering of one’s private world into various levels of commitment to work out the implications.” This book shows us that Jesus’ resurrection changes absolutely everything. It’s the kind of truth that can shift someone’s whole worldview. This is probably the most complete apologetic for the death and resurrection of Jesus out there yet. Again, it will take some effort to get through, but it will be worth every minute of it in the end!
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