Jesus and the Victory of God

Jesus and the Victory of God

Jesus and the Victory of God

Jesus and the Victory of God

Synopsis

In this volume Wright trains a penetrating historical and theological spotlight on first-century Palestinian Judaism. By describing the history, social make-up, worldview, beliefs, and hope of Palestinian Judaism, Wright familiarizes the reader with the 'world of Judaism' as situated within the world of Greco-Roman culture.

Excerpt

‘The historian of the first century … cannot shrink from the question of Jesus.’ That was the conclusion I came to near the end of the first volume in this series, on whose shoulders the present work rests all its weight. I argued that the study of first-century Judaism and first-century Christianity forces us to raise certain specific questions about Jesus: who was he? what were his aims? why did he die? and why did early Christianity begin in the way that it did? the present book is my attempt to answer the first three of these questions, and to point towards an answer to the fourth.

I am still sometimes embarrassed when people ask me what the present book is about, and I say ‘Jesus’. It seems pretentious. How can anyone have anything new to say about Jesus without being a crank or a maverick, or, worse, making Jesus himself into one? I have come to believe that these questions about Jesus are vital, central, and as yet not fully answered; and that a clearly worked out historical method, and a fresh reading of firstcentury Judaism and Christianity, will point us in the right direction.

Questions about Jesus possess, I believe, enormous intrinsic interest, no matter what the standpoint of the questioner. They are worth asking, whether one is a historian, a philosopher, a theologian, a cultural critic, or simply someone interested in the human condition with all its joys and sorrows, its high and low points, its perils and possibilities. But there is no point pretending that such questions are not also of very specific relevance for those who profess some sort of Christian faith. a recent survey of the Church of England, discussing the manifold reasons why people do not go to church, comments wryly:

The New Testament and the People of God (hereafter referred to as ntpg), 468.

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