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The Original Jesus: The Life and Vision of a Revolutionary
Tom Wright

0802842836 Retail Price: $16.00
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Format: Paperback, 160pp.
ISBN: 9780802842831
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: October 1997

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'Jesus is in the news as much now as ever before. Whenever there is new evidence or a new analysis about Jesus, the newspapers get interested. Many continued to be fascinated by the person of Jesus and by whether or not he actually did and said what the New Testament Gospels say he did.
This new book, written in a lively, non-technical style by biblical theologian Tom Wright, is an ideal introduction for anyone approaching the subject of the “historical Jesus” for the first time.

In The Original Jesus Wright focuses on key stages in Jesus’ life and on key elements of his teaching. In the process, Wright presents a vivid reconstruction of what Jesus himself was aiming to achieve and how the movement he began can best be understood in relation to the turbulent politics and fervent aspirations of his day. Wright also looks at the way we interpret the different Gospel narratives about Jesus, showing how modern readers coming fresh to these texts can do so in an informed and discriminating way.

Based on rigorous historical research and featuring numerous full-color illustrations as well as short, clear chapters, The Original Jesus offers compelling insight into what Jesus really stood for, why he was crucified, and how it was that his followers came to regard him as nothing less than the human face of God.


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.

There's nothing I've read more concisely stated or more beautifully illustrated.
—CBA Marketplace

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.
—Library Journal

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.
—National Catholic Reporter


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Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and formerly dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale work Jesus and the Victory of God is widely regarded as one of the most significant studies in the contemporary "Third Quest" of the historical Jesus. Among his many other published works are The Meaning of Jesus (with Marcus Borg) and The Challenge of Jesus.

Table of Contents

Part I: Jesus — Then and Now
The End of a Beautiful Dream
The Lowest Point of History
The Two-Edged Story
Message from the Mountain
The Centre of the Cosmos
Back to the Garden
God with a Human Face
Part 2: Reading the Gospels with Both Eyes Open
Getting to Grips with the Gospels
The Jewish World of the Gospels
The Gospels: How, When and Why?
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