Simply Jesus: Why he was, what he did, why it matters

Simply Jesus : Who He Was, What He Did, Why it Matters
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Preview — Simply Jesus by N. In Simply Jesus , bestselling author and leading Bible scholar N. Wright summarizes years of modern Biblical scholarship and models how Christians can best retell the story of Jesus today. In a style similar to C. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published October 25th by HarperOne first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Simply Jesus , please sign up. Another fascinating look at Jesus through N.

T Wright's clear and precise writing. I hope others are enjoying as well? James Brennan Hawaii. See 1 question about Simply Jesus…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 05, Tom LA rated it it was amazing. This is a much better version of Reza Aslan's "Zealot", in that both books try to focus on the historic figure of Jesus, but Wright's approach seems to me more subtle and deeper.

Aslan's focus on the "revolutionary" aspect, although not incorrect, does not provide the degrees image that Wright creates here. The key to a real and deep understanding of Jesus as a man who lived in history is in contextualizing his life in the contemporary Jewish world. The moment you understand how intensely and This is a much better version of Reza Aslan's "Zealot", in that both books try to focus on the historic figure of Jesus, but Wright's approach seems to me more subtle and deeper.

The moment you understand how intensely and for how long many centuries the Jewish people had been waiting for the Messiah, you start to get the first real vibration about the man Jesus Christ. Wright uses the very effective analogy of a furious "perfect storm" to explain the confluence of 3 enormously powerful currents into Jesus' times: 1.

The Jewish storm was building expectation of a new exodus that would usher in the judgment of the Gentiles and the re-instatement of the honor and power of Israel and her God. These clashing tempests would be trouble enough, but we see the 3. Wright connects the coming of Jesus with the promise of YHWH that he would rule as king again, solely, over his people and his creation.

Simply Jesus by Tom Wright - a new vision of who he was, what he did, and why he matters

Jesus found himself at the point of convergence of these forces, and, as a man, not only he decided to take on the burden on his shoulders in fact, some others had already tried and failed , but he was the only one to actually do it in "the right way", or let's say in a convincing way. Wright explains that "The kingdom of God" was never quite well defined in the Old Testament, and therefore many Jews were literally hoping in a Messiah who would lead a rebellion against Rome and reinstate the throne of David. Instead, in Jesus's understanding, that was not the Kingdom of God as explained by the prophets.

This is why his "descent into Jerusalem", at the height of his fame, was done on the back of a donkey, to signify following ancient scriptures that he was not coming to fight for any temporal power, but for the soul of his people. When I was 30, I remember still being sometimes too shy to speak to a girl.

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Zoom Zoom. Subscribe Subscriber Benefits Give a Gift. With Simply Jesus, he takes readers on an illuminating intellectual expedition to recover the Christian Messiah. All Quotes Quotes By N. Subscribers have full digital access.

At the same age, this man had the guts to go through with incarnating a narrative that had been told for centuries before, FULLY knowing right from the start that he would have ended up nailed on a cross. Different perspectives. View all 3 comments. Feb 27, Danny Daley rated it it was amazing. When I read this book in , it was my first Tom Wright book, which in my tradition comes with all sorts of baggage.

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Add to that, I had been a pastor for about 7 years, and had little interest in any book touting a "new" vision of anything related to Christ or Scripture. But I'm never one to allow my tradition to define for me how I feel about something, so I bought this book as an entry into Wright's work. I was stunned. Despite having been a well read pastor with a college degree in biblical When I read this book in , it was my first Tom Wright book, which in my tradition comes with all sorts of baggage.

Despite having been a well read pastor with a college degree in biblical studies, I read this book and my ideas about exactly how Jesus relates to the world, the church, and the covenant were completely turned upside down. Wright perfectly blends historical critical analysis and exegesis with theological insight, and explains the Christ event through the analogy of "the perfect storm," a collision of the Roman Empire, Jewish expectations, and the purposes of God.

His insights about the life and work of Jesus are penetrating.

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Since reading this book I've read much more of Wright's work, I've met him, and as I've moved on in academia I've been able to dialogue with him over email about my work. He is charitable and helpful, and this book was a perfect popular level entry point into his views on Scripture. View 1 comment. Nov 07, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: , audio. This book should be titled: "Jesus: It's Complicated" As could be expected, in this book Wright attempts to open up his dense and nuanced arguments from Jesus and the Victory of God for the non-academic audience.

Trouble is, he has already boiled down those arguments in The Challenge of Jesus. Basically the conclusions in this present work are the same as those he's already put forward several times before so I can't see why the subtitle mentions a "new vision" etc.

The new image here is that of a "perfect storm. Personally, I think that if you're not going to read the big academic book Jesus and the Victory of God , then you should read The Challenge of Jesus instead of this one. Whichever book about Jesus you choose to read, I don't think you'll ever walk away thinking "that was simple" - if you do, then it probably isn't the historical Jesus you were reading about! Jan 02, Shane Wagoner rated it really liked it. Wright is something of a modern C. By bringing his scholarly expertise to the public realm, he has opened the door for a whole new generation of Christians to explore theology and history outside of the ivory tower.

Simply Jesus is a story that Wright has told many times before and, like many stories, it has been perfected over time. This is Wright at his most focused, concentrated, and concise. He lays out the message of Christ as many of his early followers understood it with a N. He lays out the message of Christ as many of his early followers understood it with as much verve and expertise as could possibly be hoped for.

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Who was - and is - Jesus of Nazareth? This is a simple question that every Christian must ask. A multitude of different voices and centuries of church tradition. Compre o livro Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters na protexralchase.cf: confira as ofertas para livros em inglês e.

Unfortunately, his refusal to engage with contemporary scholarship leaves a small question mark on many of his more controversial points. Overall, Wright has crafted an all-encompassing journey through Christ and Christianity that deserves to be read by just about anyone. Jan 20, Paul Mullen rated it it was amazing. If you could rate a book by how much underlining you do, this one would be among the highest rated in my collection.

Wright takes a position on key debatables e.

His key theme is that there is not so much of a difference in the place of Heaven and Earth, and that the reign of God on earth has already started.