Surprised by Hope Paperback – 23 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Tom Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over fifty books,
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Wright argues that many Christians are confused about their own beliefs. He suggests that "a good deal of our current view of death and the life beyond has come from....impulses in the culture which have created at best semi-Christian informal traditions". These require "proper examination in the clear light of scripture". He points out that "the idea that every human possesses an immortal soul, which is the 'real' part of them, finds little support in the Bible." When used in the Bible the word 'soul' conveys the idea of the whole person, the personality, rather than "a disembodied entity hidden within the outer shell of the disposable body." In addition, Wright places the concept of life after death in the context of first century Judaism and beliefs existing in both Greece and Rome.
Anyone looking for the resurrection as myth will be disappointed. Wright has no doubt that the resurrection is historical fact which makes "the strange story of Easter" compelling.Read more ›
One of the book's weaknesses happens to be one of its strengths as well. You often get the impression that Wright could've written much more on a particular subject, but then he chooses to go on to something else. In this sense, the book deals with a lot of issues, but from a somewhat general perspective. Let it be said that Wright is a man of "the big picture".
I particularly like how he provides a balanced view on the old fight between "saving souls" and "making this world a better place". Wright recognizes that these two ideas are closely connected according to the New Testament. I was very intrigued by the idea that God actually sets out to save the world, not just the people in it. Yet, people are part of what's being saved, and they're part of his way of saving everything and everyone else.
I would encourage all ministers to familiarise themselves with Tom Wright (sometimes called N.T. Wright) and his theological approach to the New Testament. He really is one of the most knowledgable theologians of the 21st century.
I've quoted (and credited) it often.
One particularly helpful insight was regarding the restoration of Peter after Christ's resurrection, and the depth of recognition revealed in the question 'do you love me'.
I'm sure if Tom had written as NT I wouldn't have grasped it properly and guess that in simplifying the material he's opened himself to some criticism from academics.
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I am full of praise for this book which, in a readable style, tells us what the Bible says about God's plan to rescue the whole Cosmos, and what part humans will play in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. J. E. M. Napier
This is a challenging book. It seeks to refine and develop the notion of bodily resurrection. It is critical of those views that see heaven in purely spiritual; terms. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. S. Marsh
I highly recommend it to every Christian. It influenced my Christian life greatly and gave me the understanding of very important issues. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tom Wright never fails to shake our deeply held perceptions with new thoughts and interpretations
I have read most of his writings which are always challenging and thought... Read more
Just simply one of the most lovely and helpful books I have read ..Published 7 months ago by B Higson
I am half way through this book. It is giving me lots to consider and think through. The strong link between the 'here and now' and the 'eternal future' is clearly demonstrated and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Suzi3
Excellent book, but not an easy read. Needs several reads to fully appreciatePublished 13 months ago by Spanish Pensionistas