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Superlative book to be read for generations!,
This review is from: Jesus and the Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God: v. 2 (Christian Origins & the Question of God) (Paperback)
This is serious, scholarly theology. It is not for the faint-hearted. It is a cutting edge historical interpretation of Jesus in his setting as a Jew in the era of the second temple. It is the second in a projected six volume work that if completed, will be regarded with Schweitzer and Bultmann as the most significant historical works on Jesus ever produced. As such, this is not a book for a beginner.
Don't get me wrong however, it is notable for how easy it is to read. Sure, the concepts are huge and the footnotes massive but that has to be taken as a given for such an ambitious project. Anyone with a sufficient grounding in the New Testament and aware of the context of historical criticism could work though this book to their huge profit. It is one of the most substantial books I have ever read and it has deeply influenced my thinking on Jesus, the Gospels and Christianity.
Wright builds on the earth-shattering argument he made in the first volume, NTPG and here tries to show how Jesus came as a Prophet, a Priest and a King. He discusses how Jesus' self-understanding diverges from church piety but equally radically from the so-called objectivity of modern academia. What he restores to us is threefold:
- confidence in the historical investigation of Jesus to show us Jesus and not just his 21st Century portrait painters
- a serious challenge to the hegemony of "skepticism" which dominated the 3rd historical quest, passing off subjective worldview as objective research
- most importantly, a Jesus as human as he is divine. This is a conservative scholar producing a radical piece of research that needs to be taken on its own merits.
The results are phenomenal. His conclusion is as beautifully written as his argument was built. Be warned. If you read the book, chew through its depth you may well will be left facing a very real claim that the Jesus we read in the four Gospels may well be making a claim on you.
Jesus and the Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God: v. 2 (Christian Origins & the Question of God)(13 customer reviews)