Book Review (Simply Jesus By N.T. Wright)

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The book consists of three parts. The first part has five chapters of which focuses on explaining what the key questions are and why we find them difficult to answer. The second part has nine chapters explaining in detail what N.T. Wright considers Jesus’ public career and the approach he had in first century Palestine. The third part of the book, the last chapter, challenges readers to wrestle with the questions of Jesus’ life and ministry.
The first part of the book begins by Wright telling the readers a little about himself and his thoughts on how people, including the church, overlook Jesus and belittles his reign. Early on, Wright discusses that the purpose of the book is to retell ...view middle of the document...

Throughout this part of the book, Wright says that Jesus talked frequently about God being in charge now and a ‘new Exodus’ is here. Jesus demonstrated what the new kingdom would be like. Jesus warned the people through his teachings of ancient scriptures and parables, telling of the coming judgment. Wright explains that Jesus underwent two main battles before the kingdom of God would arrive. First, the initial battle took place during the temptations of Jesus in the desert, where Jesus ultimately triumphed against temptation. The final battle was the cleansing of the Temple. Jesus rode in Jerusalem and declared the ending of the sacrificial system that had been in place for many years. With the cleansing of the Temple, Wright says, this further pointed to the coming judgment of Israel and the world. Wright explains that by Jesus ending the sacrificial system in the Temple, He himself was fulfilling the role of the Temple that had been in place for so long – a place where heaven and earth met. As I suspected, Jesus personified the hurricane that Wright discussed earlier in the book. The second part of the book really became interesting to me when Wright explains that death was seen as the consequence of human rebellion against God. Thus Jesus sought to take all of human rebellion and place it upon himself, becoming the sacrifice that would defeat sin once and for all....

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