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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; unknown edition (Oct. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062084399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062084392
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Robinson on Jan. 11 2013
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In my view this is the clearest review of what the Bible has to tell us available. N T Wright is a brilliant Christian scholar and first century historian giving him insights that can't be found by simply reading the Bible with our 21st century mindset.

I have enjoyed several of his books and this is his best yet. No one with even a passing interest in what the Christian faith is all about should miss it. I can't recommend highly enough.
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By rhysmc on May 17 2014
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Very solid work. It seems to take him a while to get into the meat of his work as he spends the first half of the book overworking an analogy that could be done much quicker. However, once you get past that you find him diving into a very clear picture of who Jesus was, what He was really up to, and what it means for us now.

I got a lot of clarity and wise insight from this book.
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By A. J. Dickinson on Jan. 17 2013
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A "grown-up" Christian faith begs a question. Is what it says about Jesus true? N. T. Wright's Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters says that it is true. Wright's thoughts suggest a new vision of Jesus, which he hopes will help people understand their lives today in a new way.

The book has three parts. It defines Wright's questions about Jesus and suggests that they are difficult to answer. It then explains the focus, goals, and method of Jesus public career. Finally, it suggests why Jesus still matters.

Wright uses the image of a "perfect storm" coming from three directions. The first direction is Rome. Rome was the primary world power. It considered Caesar divine and called him the "son of god." Rome also needed the Middle East - where Jesus lived - for grain supplies. The second direction is the Jewish people. Rome thought the golden age was in the past. The Jews thought it was yet to come. The Jewish people looked forward to a time when a good rescuer would oppose an evil oppressor. The third direction is how Jesus thought he fit with the first two directions. Israel expected the messiah to come in power and glory. Jesus claimed to do so, but had a completely different definition of power and glory. Jesus stood in a line of prophets who said that Israel's vision for itself and God's vision for Israel were at odds.

Simply Jesus can now propose questions. First, Jesus did nothing that people expected the king and messiah to do. He was also crucified with the mocking title "King of the Jews" above his head. Why should anyone take this title seriously then? Second, how do we say that Jesus is in charge while the world seems to be completely out of his control?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alcuin on Feb. 23 2012
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Wright is a very respected scholar and has done tremendous work, but I found this book a real disappointment, mainly because of the style. Wright writes autobiographically much of the time, but it ends up taking up far too much room and distracts from the book's ostensible focus. The tone comes across as condescending and rambling. One small illustration: Wright uses the phrase "perfect storm" at one point to describe the climate of present-day Jesus studies. The phrase alone would have been enough to get the point across: many factors introduce controversy into discussions of Jesus. Straightforward enough. Wright, however, introduces the section by describing an actual storm off the coast of Maine, and alludes a few times to how he feels like someone in a stormy boat buffetted from all sides, and it ends up being rambling and unfocused. Wright seems a good and brilliant man but this book suffers from what appears to be a lack of editing. Good writer and incomparably important Subject, but not recommended.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Morgan on Nov. 26 2011
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Very nice book. Unfortunately had some cover damage on arrival. Top part of cover was folded over and torn. I might possibly order another copy. Thanks.
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