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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061730573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061730573
  • ASIN: 0061730572
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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“Wright has never been more eloquent and persuasive than in this book that… caps a long, productive theological career.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Scholarly, accessible, insightful and challenging . . . an excellent and provocative book.” (Christianity Magazine)

“The prolific Christian apologist N.T. Wright… now devotes an entire volume, ‘How God Became King’ to this trendy subject. Wright’s insistence that Christianity has got it all wrong seems to mark a turning point for the serious rethinking of heaven.” (The Washington Post)

“We often read the beginning and the end of the Gospels without the large middle where the message of the kingdom rings loud and clear. I recommend to everyone who wants to understand the Gospels’ message in a way that will not only inform the intellect but also transform life.” (Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College)

“Tom Wright continues to urge and prod and propose how the church can regain a kingdom footing and end its empire heritage. And, he shows us how we can reshape both what we think about Jesus and how we follow him in our world.” (Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University)

“Wright is a scholar who writes as if the material he engages actually matters for the church and the world it lives in… and has again done the church a great favor in presenting the gospel story as the story of God and his kingdom on earth.” (Englewood Review of Books)

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Foundational: The four gospels come directly fromthe ancient church and are among the primary sourcesfor the church's teachings.

Familiar: Since Christian worship services began, areading from the gospels has played a central role.

Studied: For over two hundred years scholars havechallenged and defended the central claims of thegospels: miracles, historical accuracy, the divinity ofJesus, and more.

But Forgotten: Still, leading Bible scholar N. T.Wright reveals shocking news: We have all forgottenwhat the four gospels are about.

"Despite centuries of intense and heavy industryexpended on the study of all sorts of features of thegospels," Wright writes, "we have often managed tomiss the main thing that they, all four of them, aremost eager to tell us. What we need is not just a bitof fine-tuning, an adjustment here and there. We needa fundamental rethink about what the gospels aretrying to tell us."

What Wright offers is an opportunity to confront thesepowerful texts afresh, as if we are encountering themfor the first time. How God Became King reveals thesurprising, unexpected, and shocking news of thegospels: this is the story of a new king, a new kind ofking, a king who has changed everything, and a kingwho invites us to be part of his new world.

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This is a thought-provoking book that captures interest because Wright questions why the great creeds of the Christian Church leave out any mention of the ministry of Jesus between his birth and death. Read it - and find out why! Even though he digresses at times and uses many words, essentially he makes the strong case that Jesus came to make a difference ON EARTH and not just to get to heaven. As a result, much of scripture, and even the Lord's Prayer, take on new meaning..."thy will be done ON EARTH as..." Contrary to the usual emphasis in society today on punishment for wrongs or getting back at evil-doers, God's more challenging Kingship in Christ brings change through the suffering of believers along with speaking the truth to power in the spirit of radical that early Christians (and some today) simply expected to suffer and even die when they caught this exciting vision. A great book for small discussion groups.
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I have read a couple books by N.T. Wright, all of which I enjoyed as much as this one. His writing is attractive, engaging and thought provoking. N.T. Wright is a good resource for both layperson and scholar. My one complaint with this book is that I couldn't help but feel that N.T. Wright was simply using it as a chance to promote his own work. He quotes his own Bible translation (The Kingdom New Testament) throughout as well as footnotes and references his own published material extensively. It would seem by looking at his references and citing that all of his research came from his own material. In my opinion, referencing your own work is not very thorough scholarship. I felt as though this book was just another brick in N.T. Wright's legacy building.
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It is a pleasure to review as I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the beautiful way Wright opens up not only the Kingship of Jesus Christ, but also touches on Jesus as Israel and Temple. I gave it a 4 out of 5 rating because for some readers it might be a bit heavy going. Let me encourage you to keep at it, you'll find it very valuable.
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