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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (21 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281052867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281052868
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We cannot assume that by saying the word Jesus," writes NT Wright--Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and formerly Dean of Lichfield Cathedral--"still less the word Christ, we are automatically in touch with the real Jesus who talked in first-century Palestine." Even less are we automatically in touch with "the Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever." Wright's goal in this volume is to present in a simplified form the findings that are occupying him in his monumental six volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God, and in particular in the second volume, already published, Jesus and the Victory of God. Distinguishing himself from the "Jesus Seminar" theologians, who question the literalness of the resurrection (among other things), Wright affirms the absolute centrality of both the Last Supper and the Easter experience as historical events. Through these experiences with Jesus, Wright suggests, the early Christians came to see that "Jesus--and then, very quickly, Jesus' people--were now the true Temple, and the actual building in Jerusalem was thereby redundant."

Written with refreshing clarity and passion, The Challenge of Jesus serves as an excellent introduction to the thinking of this influential New Testament historian. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"[NT Wright] writes eloquently, stating the importance of a historical interest in the Gospels from the perspective of Christian faith." -- The Bible Today (US), May/June 2000

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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on 1 Feb 2002
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The eschatological debate between liberal and conservative scholars is so deeply entrenched, so polarised, so emotionally charged that any reconciliation seems unlikely - at least this side of the Parousia! But what would happen if a theologian with impeccable academic credentials consciously set out to transcend these factions? The chances are, of course, that such an author would get shot at from both sides, even as both sides tried to claim him as an albeit wayward member of their own camp. And that is rather what is happening to N. T. ("Tom") Wright, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey.
Wright has recently completed the second volume of a projected six-volume re-assessment of Christ's teaching and its relationship to the early Christian Church entitled "Christian Origins and the Question of God". In the shorter book reviewed here, "The Challenge of Jesus", Wright has produced a fascinating introductory overview of his thesis that will appeal to the general reader without underselling the author's status as one of the leading British theologians of his generation.
Wright's starting point is the familiar and widely accepted truth that we must understand how Jesus and his contemporaries understood his teaching and his actions before we can apply them to our own setting. But Wright goes a stage further: Even with a sound understanding of this principle, the way the Church has traditionally acted out its mission does not do justice to the uniqueness and particularity of Jesus' works. Individual emulation of Jesus' actions and the lifestyle application of popular interpretations of his teaching, however culturally adjusted, are inadequate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sid of the Sunday League on 3 Dec 2010
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I found this an excellent book. Whilst explicitly written from a faith perspective, I would recommend this to any reader interested in Jesus as an historic person. It engages the intellect but in a clear and economical form. I had always struggled to link aspects of the early church with the Gospel narrative. Tom Wright's lucid explanation of what Jesus said about himself - and more importantly, what he did - clarifies the continuity. It roots Jesus in his culture and makes it easier to relate to Jesus as a man. At the same time it helped me to grasp new aspects of the incarnation. Vitally, Tom wright also calls for individual and corporate response to these understandings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Evans on 7 Jan 2014
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This book, as well as a few others by N.T. Wright, are very clear, uplifting, erudite, and bring the Bible, and here, Jesus to life in His own times, and then in our own. Look out for other books by this author! I do.
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Having read most of Tom Wright's later writings, I got the impression I had read this book before but that he has refined his thinking since this book was published. Just wish he had an easier reading style more like CS Lewis, my favourite Christian author. None the less, it is refreshing and good revision.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sbrocklebank@yahoo.com on 20 Jun 2001
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A look at the message and mission of the historical person Jesus Christ. I have to recomend this book to everyone serious about their commitment to be a follower of Jesus. The book is well written and very accessable.
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