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The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God) [Paperback]

N. T. Wright
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21 Mar 2003 Christian Origins and the Question of God
This work covers ancient beliefs about life after death from Homer's Hades to ancient Jewish beliefs, from the Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls and beyond. It examines early Christian beliefs about resurrection in general and that of Jesus in particular, beginning with Paul and working through to the start of the third century. It explores the Easter stories of the Gospels and seeks the best historical conclusions about the empty tomb and the belief that Jesus did rise bodily from the dead.

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (21 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281055505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281055500
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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In pursuit of his conclusion, Wright is relentless. No point is left undiscussed, no argument untreated. -- Church Times, 8th July 2005

This volume by Tom Wright is a monumental achievement in its scope, depth and execution. -- The Tablet, 19th April 2003

About the Author

A former teacher of New Testament studies at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and McGill, N.T. Wright is among the most interesting and respected New Testament scholars currently at work. His many publications include The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, The Challenge of Jesus and (with Marcus Borg) The Meaning of Jesus. Writing as Tom Wright, he is also the author of the popular...for Everyone New Testament guides. N.T. Wright is Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey, and SPCK Research Fellow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars No stone unturned, just a rock rolled away 25 Mar 2011
At the outset, Wright declares that "Our target is to investigate the claim of the earliest Christians, that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead." He then takes us under his wing and guides along a journey of scholarship of the highest order. Leaving no stone unturned, he first of all investigates the idea of resurrection, first of all being extremely precise about what he means by resurrection. We then review resurrection traditions in pre-christian paganism and of judaism, constantly asking the question "is it probable that the early christians adapted an earlier tradition to suit their own story, or did something really happen that was of major significance." Towards the end of the first section, one can become bogged down in the detail. I think this section can be skipped over with little loss overall, but it is was necessary in order for Wright to be thorough in his work, so that any accusations of taking shortcuts or ignoring certain schools of thought would be unfounded.

Having finished his survey of Pagan and Jewish beliefs, he then moves on to look at the early Christian beliefs into resurrection, attempting to chart the writings in a roughly chronological order, thus analysing the writings of Paul before those of the gospel writers. The aim here is to contrast the views of this emerging religion with those of the old and ask what could have prompted the transformation. Then, having seen the changes, the inevitable question that must then be asked is this: what caused the change? Wright is not presumptive in his answer, as I can tell a great many christians would at this point be jumping up and down saying "I know the answer." But Wright is far more considerate and gives due care and attention to his scholarship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection 2 Jun 2003
By Maxelon
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Like the previous two books in the series this is not a light read, but worth the effort. In spite of NT Wright's obvious learning it remains approachable to more 'normal' readers. Section 2 (Resurrection and Paul) left my head particularly spinning, but the problem is excess of detail - sight of the larger picture is always firmly in view. While the size of the book is a bit of an obstacle it has meant that the idea of resurrection has been with me long enough to have had its impact on my worldview. In short: if you want light entertainment, buy a novel; if you are serious about Christian beliefs and want to have your worldview changed, buy this book.
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By John
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This is a very important book indeed for those who wish to assert the truth of the ressurection but are unsure whether it is possible to do this with "academic rigour".

Many Quakers will perhaps not think about these issues at all or go along with mainstream liberal theology. This book is a stimulating challenge. It is not for the faint hearted with over 700 pages of closely argued text.

In Part 1 it examines the contemporary views of Jews and Pagans in the context of which the resurrection accounts need to be understood. The second part deals with the understanding of the resurrection of Jesus in the letters of Paul. The third part looks at other early Christian writings and the fourth at the accounts of the resurrection itself, principally in the gospels. The final part explores the significance of resurrection under the heading "Belief, Event and Meaning".

The work is well written but the argument is dense and takes a lot of absorbing! Not since C.S. Lewis have we had such a lucid writer on the central points of Christianity. Unlike Lewis, Wright's primary discipline is new testament scholarship which makes him, in my eyes, even better vlue. Like Lewis, he can be waspish in dealing with those who do not share his thinking.

In the end this is not, however, a mere academic treatise. As Wright himself writes (page 713):

"What if the resurrection, instead of (as is often imagined) legitimating a cosy, comfortable, socially and cuturally conservative form of Christianity, should turn out to be, in the twenty-first century as in the first, the most socially, culturally and politically explosive force imaginable..."

What if, indeed?
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4.0 out of 5 stars RSG 10 Feb 2004
Here we are with book three in the series (which we are told is an addition to the originally planned five books) and things are starting to get really exciting. As before to read this is to join a project that is well underway, having built up a good head of steam and now plunging ahead.
Having found the first two books personally ground breaking and formative, this volume came more as a steady building on established themes than breaking fresh ground. Which was no bad thing as I found myself firming up on some ideas introduced a few thousand pages ago in the series.
Being an additional volume has meant Wright has had space to write an exhaustive review of Resurrection thinking and thouroughly formulate his own rendering. Whilst this did at time bog me down, the effort to finish was well worth it.
In particular Wright paints a clear picture of what Ressurection really is, and why it mattered to Jesus. I found myself discovering what I had hoped for about life after death in unlikely places. Ideas originating back to the first century, forgotten or at least covered over (for me) until now.
And again I find myself in posession of more tools to know and discover Jesus on the ground and why ressurection matter to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars to obtain the 14 ft length of fine linen on which the body of Jesus...
I cannot claim to have read the whole of this large book; but it seems to me that Bishop Wright has too narrow a focus on the actual resurrection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Nugee
5.0 out of 5 stars Strategy for those in a hurry
The paperback version of this book is 817 pages long. Obviously I haven't read it all in one sitting, but I have read it all in pieces, over a very long period. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My!
If you are a holiday reader then get Tom Wrights wonderful 'For Everyone' series. This book has to the be most thorough I have ever read, if you have the time and want every i... Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Neale
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If you have seen any of a number of ABC or PBS documentaries on the historical Jesus question, you have certainly seen N.T. Wright. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christian apologetics at its best
I'm only half way through this book but, regrettably, have had to lay it down temporarily to attend to more urgent business. Read more
Published on 24 July 2009 by I. T. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection of the Son of God
This was the most exciting book I have read for years. I couldn't put it down (didn't sleep for a week!)! People constantly say to Christians, "where is your evidence? Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2008 by Dr. C. Jeynes
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