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The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion

N T Wright

The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion

N T Wright

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In this rigorously argued work, renowned scholar N T Wright again challenges commonly held notions of what Christianity is about. In it he shows that Jesus' death on the cross was not only to absolve us of sins, but is part of God's larger purpose of restoring and reconciling all creation.

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In this rigorously argued work, renowned scholar N T Wright again challenges commonly held notions of what Christianity is about. In it he shows that Jesus' death on the cross was not only to absolve us of sins, but is part of God's larger purpose of restoring and reconciling all creation.
- Koorong

The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author widely considered to be the heir to C. S. Lewis contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith-Jesus' crucifixion-arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning.

In The Day the Revolution Began, N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by the Cross. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus' death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation-a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God's creation.

Wright argues that Jesus' crucifixion must be understood within the much larger story of God's purposes to bring heaven and earth together. The Day the Revolution Began offers a grand picture of Jesus' sacrifice and its full significance for the Christian faith, inspiring believers with a renewed sense of mission, purpose, and hope, and reminding them of the crucial role the Christian faith must play in protecting and shaping the future of the world.


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N T Wright

N.T.(Tom) Wright (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is Reseach Professor in Christian Origins at St Mary's College in the Divinity School of St Andrew's University, Scotalnd. Formerly Bishop of Durham, he was recently named by Christianity Today as one of the top five theologians in the world. Once Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral, he taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities.

Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God; Jesus and the Victory of God; and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God.

Among his many other published works are The Original Jesus; What Saint Paul Really Said and The Climax of the Covenant. He is also co-author with Marcus Borg of The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions

His commentaries include Colossians and Philemon (The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series), the 12 volume For Everyone series, Romans (New Interpreter's Bible Commentary); Galatians (The Horizons Theological Commentary) and The Letter to the Philippians (International Critical Commentary)

Most recently he has released Surprised by Hope; Small Faith--Great God; Virtue Reborn and Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision.
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Another Classic Wright
5 stars By Ryan Kerrison, Jul 14 2017
In his latest of his long line of works, renowned New Testament scholar, N.T Wright is back to his usual position of bringing fresh challenges to the frequently held notions and common understandings of what Paul truly meant when writing his epistles. Wright exegetes valiantly and painstakingly through swathes of Pauline corpus, seeking to find, as a true historian, the treasures that lie within the pages. Wright will lose some people along the way, by virtue of his oft rabbit trailing and technical language expositions, but hopefully, not for very long, where one is able to jump back on board in a summary passage, bring one up to speed with his train of thinking. Wright boldy provides challenge and honest insight into the present day context, and his best articulation of what the 1st Century Apostle was declaring to the churches he so loved. This text masterfully discloses the broader and grander purpose of God, recentering it from its all-to-sadly traditionally pagan ideologies, and recentres one onto the true Jewish and biblical narrative, that being the reconciliation of all who believe, and delivering them "for Creation, not from it".
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5 stars By Joshua, Feb 07 2017
This book is astounding, putting into words deep truths from the scriptures that as a follower of Yeshua the Messiah, I've known all along but haven't been able to put into words. I've always understood the resurrection as launching the revolution and being my favourite part of the Jesus story. It's put the resurrection in it's place as the confirmation of the life and death of Christ. Of the confirmation that he on the cross is the image of the invisible God. I'm only just starting to understand what the cross of Christ is all about and this book has been a part of that never ending journey. Astounding articulation of the gospel and how it was launched.
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Good, not great
3 stars By Tanwin, Jan 09 2017
In his latest scholarly work, NT Wright focuses on the cross of Jesus. Wright claims that the day that Jesus died on the cross triggered a new revolution that impacted humanity since then.

Throughout this book, Wright redefines basic terminologies that we use in Christianity, such as sin, salvation, and God's righteousness. Wright claims that sin is not only failing to do the right things but it's rooted in idolatry where humanity fails to worship the true God. Salvation is not merely going to heaven but God's way to restore humanity to our proper vocation to reflect the glory of God.

Overall, this book gives a great overview of what these terms mean in the second century contex. Wright certainly has the knowhow to do that. The only criticism that I have is how Wright uses his own translation in most New Testament text. I'm sure he has his reasons, but to me it brings unfamiliarity to the text. Moreover, Wright tends to write in long sentences so it makes it harder to read. 

It's a pretty solid book on the cross but it's hard to recommend this with other good books out there. 

3 out of 5
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  • Catalogue Code 453246
  • Product Code 9780062334381
  • ISBN 0062334387
  • EAN 9780062334381
  • Pages 448
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Harper Collins Australia
  • Publication Date Nov 2016
  • Sales Rank #9880
  • Dimensions 237 x 160 x 35 mm
  • Weight 0.568kg

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