The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary

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In The Original Jesus biblical historian Tom Wright focuses on key stages in the life of Jesus, and key elements of his teaching,revealing a vivid reconstruction of what Jesus himself was aiming toachieve, and how the movement he began can best be understood inrelation to the turbulent politics and fervent aspirations of his day.Tom Wright also looks at the way we interpret the different Gospelnarratives about Jesus, showing how modern readers coming fresh tothese texts can do so in an informed and discriminating way. Written ina lively, non-technical style, and illustrated throughout withfull-color photographs, The Original Jesus offers a compelling insightinto what Jesus really stood for, why he was crucified, and how it wasthat his followers came to regard him as nothing less than the humanface of God. Distributor: Spring Arbor/Ingram Author: Tom Wright Format: 160 pages, paperback ISBN: 9780802842831

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N. T. (Tom) Wright is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and one of the most highly respected biblical scholars in the world today. Among his many other published works are Jesus and the Victory of God, Surprised by Hope, and Simply Christian.

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"The Original Jesus is a popular account of the research of an important critic of the Jesus Seminar and includes a fine annotated bibliography. . . An excellent starting point for newcomers to historical Jesus research as well as a popular snapshot of current discussion for those already familiar with the debate."

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"There's nothing I've read more concisely stated or more beautifully illustrated."

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"The chapters are brief and easily read, presenting Jesus in the context of the political turmoil and messianic expectations of the times. . . Well written and easily read. . . Highly recommended."

National Catholic Reporter
"Well-written . . . a cultural analysis of some of the stories by and about Jesus that sheds new light on the familiar tales. . . Gorgeously presented, richly illustrated and visually pleasing as well as intellectually stimulating."

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