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well worth reading interesting book Good but very long read Met my Expectations This Work Covers Ancient Beliefs About Life After Death From Homer S Hades To Ancient Jewish Beliefs, From The Bible To The Dead Sea Scrolls And Beyond It Examines Early Christian Beliefs About Resurrection In General And That Of Jesus In Particular, Beginning With Paul And Working Through To The Start Of The Third Century It Explores The Easter Stories Of The Gospels And Seeks The Best Historical Conclusions About The Empty Tomb And The Belief That Jesus Did Rise Bodily From The Dead Fantastic book and in really good condition Like the previous two books in the series this is not a light read, but worth the effort In spite of NT Wright s obvious learning it remains approachable to normal readers Section 2 Resurrection and Paul left my head particularly spinning, but the problem is excess of detail sight of the larger picture is always firmly in view While the size of the book is a bit of an obstacle it has meant that the idea of resurrection has been with me long enough to have had its impact on my worldview In short if you want light entertainment, buy a novel if you are serious about Christian beliefs and want to have your worldview changed, buy this book. This is a very important book indeed for those who wish to assert the truth of the ressurection but are unsure whether it is possible to do this with academic rigour.Many Quakers will perhaps not think about these issues at all or go along with mainstream liberal theology This book is a stimulating challenge It is not for the faint hearted with over 700 pages of closely argued text.In Part 1 it examines the contemporary views of Jews and Pagans in the context of which the resurrection accounts need to be understood The second part deals with the understanding of the resurrection of Jesus in the letters of Paul The third part looks at other early Christian writings and the fourth at the accounts of the resurrection itself, principally in the gospels The final part explores the significance of resurrection under the heading Belief, Event and Meaning.The work is well written but the argument is dense and takes a lot of absorbing Not since C.S Lewis have we had such a lucid writer on the central points of Christianity Unlike Lewis, Wright s primary discipline is new testament scholarship which makes him, in my eyes, even better vlue Like Lewis, he can be waspish in dealing with those who do not share his thinking.In the end this is not, however, a mere academic treatise As Wright himself writes page 713 What if the resurrection, instead of as is often imagined legitimating a cosy, comfortable, socially and cuturally conservative form of Christianity, should turn out to be, in the twenty first century as in the first, the most socially, culturally and politically explosive force imaginable What if, indeed The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T Wright is a thought provoking and insightful read that provides a cogent defense of Christ s resurrection and the Christian worldview that ensued Using his expertise in theological and historical studies, Wright upholds the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus with significant clarity and scholarship He skillfully weaves together the historical understanding of resurrection for both second Temple Judaism and the early Christian church as being corporeal, and establishes a robust case for how the empty tomb combined with the multiple attestations of the risen Christ all confirm that Jesus was truly raised from the dead.It goes without saying that N.T Wright is qualified to write this book He is a New Testament scholar, theologian and professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom Additionally, Wright is a highly accomplished and prolific writer, the vast majority of his work focused on Christian theology including Pauline perspectives, and its application to the Christian life Some of his most notable academic works include Paul and the Faithfulness of God Fortress Press, 2013 , and of course the book currently under review, The Resurrection of the Son of God Fortress Press, 2003.In the first chapter, Wright makes it clear that the writing of the book is primarily motivated by the charge of many laypersons, theologians, and historians alike that it is not possible to historically determine what actually happened on Easter morning, therefore the story of Easter is nothing than that a story However, as an experienced historian and theologian, Wright is committed to demonstrating that the various objections are presumptuous and do not preclude one from being able to examine the available historical evidence pertaining to the resurrection of Jesus In so far as a historian, one can and must ask why Christianity began, and why it took the shape it did This then is what Wright aims to accomplish by providing a unified and coherent answer these questions It becomes abundantly clear that by the end of his investigation he than achieved his goal, and whether he intended it or not, Wright significantly raised the bar for historical biblical scholarship in regard to the resurrection In order to achieve his goal, Wright is acutely aware that it is necessary to first have a clear definition of the word resurrection and what it meant to the various cultures of the ancient world He begins then by taking the reader on a journey through the ancient literature and explicates exactly what resurrection meant to the second Temple Jew, as well as how it differed significantly from the other views of that time In short, he defines the resurrection as being understood as life after life after death by the second Temple Jews and highlights that they, along with the early Christian church, always believed it to be explicitly a bodily resurrection However, as Wright repeatedly emphasizes, a mutation took place in second Temple Judaism and the early Christian church made the startling claim that the resurrection had actually happened to a specific person Jesus Christ of Nazareth This sets the stage for the rest of the book Wright then fastidiously examines the Pauline letters, several other early Christian writings, as well as the resurrection narratives in the gospels, in an effort to substantiate his case that Jesus truly arose from the dead From here, Wright concludes that Jesus was who he claimed to be, the Son of God , and that his resurrection confirmed that he was indeed the Messiah Wright then closes by offering the reader with fresh theological insights into the meaning of all this, which is enriching and inspirational for those who place their trust in the risen Jesus.In conclusion, The Resurrection of the Son of God is an excellent read and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Though the content is theologically dense at times, it is nonetheless an insightful and thought provoking read. An incredible and very thorough book NT Wright explains first what the ancients understood resurrection to be, what the Jews of Christ s time understood it as, and the historical support for the Resurrection, from the writings of Paul, the Gospels, the Church Fathers, and the daily practice of the early Church.It s not a book you can just breeze through, but it is a book that will encourage your faith and help you understand why the Resurrection is the foundation which all else in a truly Christian worldview rests.