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

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

Written by N. T. Wright

Narrated by James Langton


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

Written by N. T. Wright

Narrated by James Langton

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4.5/5 (41 ratings)
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10 hours
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Released:
Oct 25, 2011
ISBN:
9780062099686
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Description

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. 

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 25, 2011
ISBN:
9780062099686
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and bestselling author. Featured on ABC News, The Colbert Report, Dateline, and Fresh Air, Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms, as well as the recent translation of the New Testament The Kingdom New Testament and the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.


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  • (1/5)
    A lot of noodling around, but goes nowhere. A waste of my time.
  • (4/5)
    He puts Jesus in the context of the ancient Jewish hope of independant rule confronting the oppression of Rome and then adds in a description of what seemed to have been in Jesus mind as he followed his course. Wright is rather keen on the perfect storm metaphor and sees Jesus as caught by these various winds, and he starts his book by describing the conflicting forces disagreeing about Jesus in our own day. A lot of time is spent sorting out Jesus understanding of various old testament passages and coming to his own new understanding and application of them. He was himself the beginning of the Kingdom of God, replacing the temple and inaugurating the reign of God here on earth. I gained better understanding of Jesus aims and in particular of the book of Acts. I think the emphasis on the kingdom here and now as well as in the future is true but there seems to be something lacking. I dont see a challenge to individuals, its all to communities or the church. I think we do have to challenge people to their faces and that they can expect personal satisfaction in following the King.
  • (3/5)
    Maybe I should have read earlier books by Wright prior to this one, but as a standalone, I found it to be a Blah! The author asks good, simple questions, essentially the basic ones of who, what, where, when, and why, but his answers aren't so simple, as they are wordy and sometimes difficult (for me) to follow.The book includes a brief bibliography and and a Scripture index.
  • (5/5)
    Tom has wonderful insight on a complex topic. I’m excited to read more of his books.
  • (5/5)
    This is a remarkable study, I strongly recommend it to all Christians, whether new or old ones.
  • (3/5)
    Maybe I should have read earlier books by Wright prior to this one, but as a standalone, I found it to be a Blah! The author asks good, simple questions, essentially the basic ones of who, what, where, when, and why, but his answers aren't so simple, as they are wordy and sometimes difficult (for me) to follow.The book includes a brief bibliography and and a Scripture index.
  • (3/5)
    I read "The Challenge of Jesus" by N.T. Wright last year and wasn't impressed. I decided to give Wright a second chance by reading "Simply Jesus" and this time I found it much more interesting but still a rather dry read.However, I was particularly struck by Wright's historical knowledge and insight into 1st century Palestine. His use of various illustrations to explain things also resonated with me. For instance, his use of the "perfect storm" to explain the three-fold conflict that was brewing upon Christ's entrance upon the world stage: 1) The Romans looked to Augustus Caesar as the "son of god" (son of Julius Caesar who was deified). 2) The Jews were in the midst of a 1,000+ year drama awaiting for their messiah to deliver them once again from their new oppressors. 3) The Jews were looking for the establishment of a new Jewish kingdom and expecting God to rule the world and essentially be king over all the earth.Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah did indeed usher in God's kingdom upon the earth, but not in the way that the Jews were expecting. Instead, Jesus healed people and made them right, He forgave sins... something only God was able to do. Those who sensed God's presence in their lives were now healed, forgiven, and essentially set free... the new Jubilee. And, God truly became in charge with the establishment of His new kingdom on earth. He didn't rule from the temple instead He ruled through Christ, not by might, but through peace and forgiveness... as King over the Jews and the world.Overall, not a bad book, but lacks anything new or riveting. The beginning was interesting but towards the middle of the book it became somewhat mundane and I struggled to finish it. When I crossed the finish line it left me wondering if Wright could have reduced the size of the book by at least 1/4 of the space it took to write it. After reading two of Wright's books I've come to the conclusion that Wright just isn't for me. Do I recommend the book? Probably not. But, I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it neither.
  • (5/5)
    A well written book. Easy to grasp what Tom Wright is saying. Good theology, well presented
  • (4/5)
    He puts Jesus in the context of the ancient Jewish hope of independant rule confronting the oppression of Rome and then adds in a description of what seemed to have been in Jesus mind as he followed his course. Wright is rather keen on the perfect storm metaphor and sees Jesus as caught by these various winds, and he starts his book by describing the conflicting forces disagreeing about Jesus in our own day. A lot of time is spent sorting out Jesus understanding of various old testament passages and coming to his own new understanding and application of them. He was himself the beginning of the Kingdom of God, replacing the temple and inaugurating the reign of God here on earth. I gained better understanding of Jesus aims and in particular of the book of Acts. I think the emphasis on the kingdom here and now as well as in the future is true but there seems to be something lacking. I dont see a challenge to individuals, its all to communities or the church. I think we do have to challenge people to their faces and that they can expect personal satisfaction in following the King.