The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)

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Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question -- which any historian must face -- renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about this belief?This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his appearances.How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic son of God. No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology.

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N. T. (Tom) Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over seventy books, including the 'For Everyone' guides to the New Testament and, most recently God in Public, Surprised by Scripture, The Challenge of Jesus (second edition), Simply Good News, Pauline Perspectives, Paul and the Faithfulness of God and Paul and His Recent Interpreters (all SPCK).

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Displays on every page an enviable competence and lucidity in handling all the evidence. - The Times Literary Supplement; The most monumental defence of the Easter heritage in decades ... The Resurrection of the Son of God marches through a clearly organized case that confronts every major doubt about Easter, ancient and modern. - Associated Press

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