- Paperback: 848 pages
- Publisher: SPCK Publishing; 1st Edition edition (21 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0281055505
- ISBN-13: 978-0281055500
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origin & Question of God) Paperback – 21 Mar 2003
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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
This third volume in N. T. Wright's magisterial series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, stands as a major point of reference for all students of the New Testament. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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?
I will get back to the book as soon as possible, then, hopefully, re-read it through without an extended break. The other books in Tom Wright's series I have yet to lay hands on. What a prospect is in store!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, I was wary of reading NT Wright as had heard his views weren't particularly orthodox. I was also put off by the thought of ploughing through 800+ pages. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nick M
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 morePublished on 21 July 2014 by Edward Nugee
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 morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by David Morgan
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 morePublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by C