Every follower of Jesus should get a copy and read it. Especially those of you who aremoving beyond evangelical.
One final note. N.T. Wright is someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo. In this regard, I
both resonate with and support him. And I‘ve intentionally played ―devil‘s advocate‖ on some of thequestions as I wanted Tom to have a safe platform in which to respond to ―the gainsayers.‖
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (Titus 1:9, KJV)
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Frank: Tom, you have written a small library on the historical Jesus. What motivated you towrite
and how does it differ from your other volumes on Jesus?
.It‘s over ten years since I last
more briefly, what I‘d s
aid in Jesus and the Victory of God,adding a couple of closing chapters about
the resurrection and the application of the whole thing to some of the tasks facing particularly youngacademics in the postmodern world (that project originated as lectures at an InterVarsity graduateconference).This time I stood back and reflected, after spending the best part of the last decade as a busy
bishop, on what I was now thinking about Jesus and what he was and is. It wasn‘t easy to keep it‗simple‘, because Jesus is always challenging and sometimes we oversimpli
fy him! But some of theearlier themes stand out more clearly
for instance, Jesus as the embodiment of Israel‘s God,
coming back to rescue his people and reclaim his sovereignty over the whole world. That then leadsinto some quite new reflections, in th
e last (quite long) chapter, on the ‗so what‘ issues –