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The Resurrection of the Son of God (#03 in Christian Origins And The Question Of God Series)

The Resurrection of the Son of God (#03 in Christian Origins And The Question Of God Series)
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The Resurrection of the Son of God (#03 in Christian Origins And The Question Of God Series)

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N.T. Wright takes us on a fascinating journey through ancient beliefs about life after death, from the shadowy figures who inhabit Homer's Hades, through Plato's hope for a blessed immortality, to the first century, where the Greek and Roman world (apart from the Jews) consistently denied any possibility of resurrection. We then examine ancient Jewish beliefs on the same subject, from the Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls and beyond. This sets the scene for a full-scale examination of early Christian beliefs about resurrection in general and that of Jesus in particular, beginning with Paul and working through to the start of the third century.

Wright looks at all the evidence, and asks: Why did the Christians agree with Jewish resurrection belief while introducing into it - across the board - significant modifications? To answer this question we come to the strange and evocative Easter stories in the gospels and ask whether they can have been late inventions. Wright seeks the best historical conclusions about the empty tomb and the belief that Jesus really did rise bodily from the dead, recognizing that it was this belief that caused early Christians to call Jesus 'Son of God'. In doing so, they posed a political challenge as well as a theological one. These challenges retain their power in the twenty-first century.

"All in all, this book is a landmark in scholarly studies of the resurrection, worthy to be placed on library shelves as the third in a trilogy with Raymond Brown's two classical studies, 'The Birth of the Messiah' and 'The Death of the Messiah'." - Gerald O'Collins in The Tablet
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About "The Resurrection of the Son of God (#03 in Christian Origins And The Question Of God Series)"

N.T. Wright takes us on a fascinating journey through ancient beliefs about life after death, from the shadowy figures who inhabit Homer's Hades, through Plato's hope for a blessed immortality, to the first century, where the Greek and Roman world (apart from the Jews) consistently denied any possibility of resurrection. We then examine ancient Jewish beliefs on the same subject, from the Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls and beyond. This sets the scene for a full-scale examination of early Christian beliefs about resurrection in general and that of Jesus in particular, beginning with Paul and working through to the start of the third century.

Wright looks at all the evidence, and asks: Why did the Christians agree with Jewish resurrection belief while introducing into it - across the board - significant modifications? To answer this question we come to the strange and evocative Easter stories in the gospels and ask whether they can have been late inventions. Wright seeks the best historical conclusions about the empty tomb and the belief that Jesus really did rise bodily from the dead, recognizing that it was this belief that caused early Christians to call Jesus 'Son of God'. In doing so, they posed a political challenge as well as a theological one. These challenges retain their power in the twenty-first century.

"All in all, this book is a landmark in scholarly studies of the resurrection, worthy to be placed on library shelves as the third in a trilogy with Raymond Brown's two classical studies, 'The Birth of the Messiah' and 'The Death of the Messiah'." - Gerald O'Collins in The Tablet
- Publisher.
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This work covers ancient beliefs about life after death from Homer's Hades to ancient Jewish beliefs, from the Bible to the Dead Sea Scrolls and beyond. It examines early Christian beliefs about resurrection in general and that of Jesus in particular, beginning with Paul and working through to the start of the third century. It explores the Easter stories of the Gospels and seeks the best historical conclusions about the empty tomb and the belief that Jesus did rise bodily from the dead.
- Publisher

In this work, Tom Wright gives a full examination of early Christian beliefs about resurrection in general and that of Jesus in particular.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

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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5 stars By MTS, May 02 2013
In this third volume of the Christian Origins and the Question of God series N. T. Wright argues that the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the best way to account for the rise of early Christianity and for why it took the shape it did. 

The major strength of this book is the sheer amount of material it covers, surveying resurrection language throughout the literature and practices of Greeks, Egyptians, Jews and Christians through to the end of the second century.  

Even though it brings the book to 700 pages it does its best to ensure that all the evidence is accounted for.  This is particularly helpful in the case of the NT as he does not just go over the familiar and obvious passages on resurrection but seeks to show how the theme of resurrection permeates the NT as a whole.  This may mean that on occasion some metaphors are stretched a little, but more often it brings helpful evidence into the debate that is often ignored.

My main reservation is the overly uniform picture that is produced from such a range of sources.  There seem to be a few too many 'exceptions that prove the rule' so that one wonders whether the rule itself might not have to be modified.  This is true particularly when discussing pagan views, however his exegesis of the NT and particularly Paul is where this book really excels and offers thought-provoking insights into not only the fact of Jesus' resurrection but its theological significance.
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