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Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters [Hardcover]

N T Wright
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Oct. 17 2011

In Simply Jesus, bestselling author and leading Bible scholar N.T. Wright summarizes 200 years of modern Biblical scholarship and models how Christians can best retell the story of Jesus today. In a style similar to C.S. Lewis’s popular works, Wright breaks down the barriers that prevent Christians from fully engaging with the story of Jesus. For believers confronting the challenge of connecting with their faith today, and for readers of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God, Wright’s Simply Jesus offers a provocative new picture of how to understand who Jesus was and how Christians should relate to him today. 


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“N. T. Wright’s introduction to Jesus is erudite (and yet also entertaining), and decidedly thought-provoking. Somewhat to my surprise, I felt that, in reading Simply Jesus, I was really coming to know Jesus better; reading Simply Jesus, I actually felt Him near.” (Lauren F. Winner, author of Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis)

“Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into vivid, clear and accessible form. This book is yet another of his great gifts to the worldwide church.” (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury)

“No one living today is writing more thoughtfully and compellingly about Christian theology than N.T. Wright. With Simply Jesus, he takes readers on an illuminating intellectual expedition to recover the Christian Messiah. If you have not read Wright, start now, and start with this book.” (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House)

“Tom Wright has a fresh way of presenting the story of Jesus, the one and only Savior and Lord of the four canonical Gospels. This book retrieves Jesus from the margins of contemporary ideologies and places him once again at the heart of biblical faith. A compelling read!” (Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture)

“Wright patiently explains the world views that Jesus stepped into, how his parables point to his mission, and, finally, what this truth means in today’s world. Wright’s direct style, reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ writings, invites readers in but allows for internal argument.” (Booklist (starred review))

When today’s leading New Testament theologian has something new to say about anything, readers pay attention. In his latest work, he again exhibits his gift for making in-depth scholarship vivid and accessible. (Kimberly Mauck, The Christian Chronicle)

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We have grown used to the battles over Jesus—whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with what the New Testament really teaches?

Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright summarizes a lifetime of study of Jesus and the New Testament in order to present for a general audience who Jesus was and is. In Simply Jesus, we are invited to hear one of our leading scholars introduce the story of the carpenter’s son from Nazareth as if we were hearing it for the first time.

“Jesus—the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important, but not nearly as important as Jesus himself.” As the church faces the many challenges of the twenty-first century, Wright has presented a vision of Jesus that more than meets them.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 21 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I normally don't write reviews, but after seeing the low rating received by one reader who said "Couldn't get past the style" and the only other review at the time I am writing this which was low because of damage on the books cover I had to say something.

N.T. Wright has a very unique style and quite frankly, I love it! When I talked to a friend who had also read this book,or any other N.T. Wright for that matter, we laugh because we always say to one another that you must force yourself through the first few chapters. In my opinion, N.T. Wright is one the most respected and well written New Testament Scholars of our time. He has mega huge books that he has written and these are really for other Scholars to read as the average person would be lost in them.

These smaller, scaled down, "Simply" books are lay version of his bigger comprehensive works. However, he is still a Scholar and this will still come through in his "simpler" books. It IS hard to understand Wright's style, but might I suggest the it is worth the time to learn his style and not to dismiss him so easily. I had to read this book twice and am planning a third read.

I can tell you this, I have been rewarded by learning N.T. Wright's style and I believe this and his other book "How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels" are two of the most important books every written on Jesus and His Kingdom. Both these books should be on a believers book shelf. I absolutely loved them and highly recommend them to anyone who does not what to put God in a box.

Just sayin...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One! 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the style 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book Jan. 17 2013
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Jesus Nov. 26 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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