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Who is Jesus? Answered from the 1st century perspective., 14 Jan. 2002
N. T. Wright continues to demonstrate not only his marvelous scholarship, but his ability to explain deep theological truths in a way that everyone can understand.
The second volume of his "Christian Origins and the Question of God" series, this volume picks up where The New Testament and the People of God left off.
Wright encourages Christians, Jews, and people of all faiths to look at Jesus as he would have been understood by those who lived during his time.
Wright begins by responding to the "Jesus Seminar" and other quests for the "Historical Jesus," demonstrating that the documents we have (both within Scripture and without) do in fact tell the story of Jesus in a way that calls us to declare him risen from the dead, Savior of the world, and King over all of creation.
Wright then moves on to examine in greater detail the question, "Who was/is Jesus?" Wright's mastery of 2nd temple Judaism and the New Testament documents themselves come through in this work as he presents Jesus from Jesus' own perspective on his calling as the Messiah, as well as from the perspective of the apostles and the early church.
Wright's work will challenge all of its readers:
To those who discredit Christianity--take another look at the history of Jesus.
To today's Jewish people--recognize that Jesus has been given the blessings that were originally promised to Abraham and his descendants, join in Jesus' inheritance, for it is yours!
To the Christian church--recognize the meaning of the Bible and the meaning of Jesus for first century readers/hearers BEFORE you seek to find out what it means for YOU today. Doing this will give you greater insight into the Scriptures and enable you to more closely follow Jesus, continuing the ministry which he began.
Finally to the Reformed Church--re-examine the "ordo-salutis" terms used in your creeds to describe the process of salvation. Understand these terms in a way that is more consistent with the way the Bible (and first century Judaism and Christianity) used them.