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

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

by N. T. Wright


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Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N. T. Wright

The classic work available in paperback for the first time: The Renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright breaks down the barriers that prevent us from fully engaging with the story of Jesus in the Bible to reveal a breathtaking vision of Christ that matches the needs and complexities of our time.

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?

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. . . . 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 presents a vision of Jesus that more than meets them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062084408
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 45,964
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and bestselling author. Featured on ABC News, The Colbert Report, Dateline, and Fresh Air, Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms, as well as the recent translation of the New Testament The Kingdom New Testament and the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1

1 A Very Odd Sort of King 1

2 The Three Puzzles 9

3 The Perfect Storm 13

4 The Making of a First-Century Storm 27

5 The Hurricane 37

Part 2

6 God's in Charge Now 57

7 The Campaign Starts Here 67

8 Stories That Explain and a Message That Transforms 87

9 The Kingdom Present and Future 105

10 Battle and Temple 119

11 Space, Time, and Matter 131

12 At the Heart of the Storm 151

13 Why Did the Messiah Have to Die? 167

14 Under New Management: Easter and Beyond 191

Part 3

15 Jesus: The Ruler of the World 207

Further Reading 233

Scripture Index 235

What People are Saying About This

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.

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.”

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!”

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.”

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.”

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Simply Jesus 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
Over two thousand years ago a series of events took place that radically changed the hearts and minds of many people. This change of heart occurred in people who met and believed in a man named Jesus, the greatest teacher the world has ever known. Part of the Christian message is that what happened with Jesus, through Jesus, happened once and only once, and will never again be a repeated part of history. According to ancient scripture, Israel’s God promised to return to His people in power and glory and to establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, and He did so in Jesus Christ, the true Temple, the first Church. God is in charge, He is running the world, whether or not we see it or not, through human beings, through His followers, and through the good works they perform. N.T. Wright states in SIMLPY JESUS that what the Church and we as Jesus’ followers do through our good works is rooted in the achievements of Jesus, and it looks ahead to the final completion of His work through us, His creation, and through any Christian church that exists throughout the world.
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doc77 More than 1 year ago
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.
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The gospels are more understandable than this book.