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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (15 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281045933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281045938
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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N. T. Wright, until recently Bishop of Durham, is currently Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews and is a regular broadcaster on radio and television. He is the author of over fifty books.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richard Douglason on 9 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
Having joined the journey a few years ago, I discovered that the train had left the station some years back and had already gathered a good head of steam.
This book, and in fact the series to date, has been a personally enlightening discovery for me. To find someone doing such a thourough job to hand me a clear picture of life, thinking and history at the time of the new testament was nothing short of amazing. As Wright pieces together not only the times, but ways to understand those times and make good sense of the data, I find myself with the tools needed to know and discover the Jesus that I had previously only experienced intangibly.
The beginning on such a massive task feels much like starting out to write a tale as grand as the Lord of the Rings. But this is one hughed in different tones and devices. The story goes on by clear and balanced scrutiney rather than narrative and description. But is none the less compelling to read.
As someone unused to such academic books, I devoured this and couldn't wait for more. Which thankfully there was, and plenty of.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Maxelon on 28 April 2003
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This is an excellent book. It is not a light read, but as neither a historian nor a theologian, I found this book perfectly approachable. As the first book in a series I approached it as a 'necessary evil' towards the rest of the series, but I was very quickly hooked. If you have serious questions about the new testament period this is the place to come. NT Wright seems to neatly plot a course between those who are not prepared to think and those who are not prepared to believe.
I believe that this series will make its mark on the church.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Lee on 26 Jun 2007
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If you have not read any of Bishop N. T. Wright's matterial before you will be very surprised by how readable it is given its penetrating analysis, eloquence and bredth of scholarship. This wonderful book is one of those books one wishes to have read much sooner. If only I had read this book as an undergraduate! If you are an undergraduate Theology student, or a person with a keen interest in the New Testament I would urge you to read this book and reflect on what it has to say. It is an excellent resource, and well worth buying.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sep 2000
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Is this a work of literary hermeneutics, historical epistemology, New Testament/Biblical theology, history of religions, worldview analysis, or simply a prolegomenon to Wright's following work on Jesus, Paul, et alia? The answer has to be that it is all these things. Moreover, it is all these things in a most impressive, magisterial way. This is one of the few occasions when 'tour de force' does not seem like hyperbole.
Wright has helpfully (for a reviewer at least) divided his work into five parts: an introduction, 'Tools for the Task', 'First-Century Judaism within the Greco-Roman world', 'The First Christian Century', and a conclusion.
'Tools for the Task' is the hardest section with which to know what to do. Recognising the difficulties in simplistic accounts of human knowing, Wright skilfully avoids the nihilism that claims that one cannot know truly anything external to oneself. He advocates what has become known as 'critical realism', a term which has become known to New Testament scholars primarily through the work of the late Ben F. Meyer (to whom Wright refers frequently and with approval). The forms of knowing in which Wright is most interested, for obvious reasons, are literary and historical knowledge. With regard to literature he asks, "Is anybody there?" a significant question given the solipsism of much recent literary theory. He explores Greimas' structuralist analysis of story, best known by Richard B. Hays use with regard to Paul (in his 'The Faith of Jesus Christ'). With regard to historical knowledge, he claims that real history will seek to get on the 'inside' of events. By this, he seems primarily to mean that the historian will seek to explore the intentions and beliefs of the actors in events.
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