Simply Jesus

A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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We have grown used to the battles over Jesus - whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with what the New Testament really teaches?

Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright summarizes a lifetime of study of Jesus and the New Testament in order to present for a general audience who Jesus was and is. In Simply Jesus, we are invited to hear one of our leading scholars introduce the story of the carpenter’s son from Nazareth as if we were hearing it for the first time.

“Jesus - the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important, but not nearly as important as Jesus himself.” As the church faces the many challenges of the twenty-first century, Wright has presented a vision of Jesus that more than meets them.

©2011 Nicholas Thomas Wright (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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A must read for today's church

Mix together a fair amount of history, a little bit of culture and an ample amount of theology and you have the recipe for "Simply Jesus". Historically it helps us see Jesus' place in a line of Messiahs, some coming before him and some after him(the last one as late as 100 years after Jesus' death). Culturally, we get a picture of the expectations surrounding Jesus, the excitement of a Messiah coming onto the scene and what one would look for if a Messiah was "outing" himself. But most important, theologically, this book is a discussion of how the church has done Jesus a real disservice by confining him to our church methods, programs, or making him our own "personal" saviour. I've listened to this book twice and probably will again.

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Very good distillatio of Wright's overall theology

I have a hard time being objective about Wright's work. I really find it fascinating. In part because he is hitting in areas that I really am looking for. This is a great illustration of the Christological Hermeneutic that Christian Smith is looking for in A Bible Made Impossible. It is a very good companion to Scot McKnight's King Jesus Gospel. I have read Wright's Challenge of Jesus fairly recently and this is a completely different book, not just a revision. And there are several things that I think he handles better here. This is intended to be a follow up to his Simply Christian and is written at a more popular level (not simplistic, just without footnotes).

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Wonderful Overview!

What did you love best about Simply Jesus?

I have read many of NT Wrights books but I think that this one is the best that I have ever read. It was easy to follow and helped me gain a good framework for understanding Jesus.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Simply Jesus?

Learning about the other types of Messiah movements helped me understand Jesus' own moverment. I love it!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It deeply gratified me and made me think.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to long time Christians and to seekers alike.

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As usual,superb treatment and so enlightening!

For all those aquainted with N.T. Writes work this review will be common knowlage..for those not yet aqainted you are in for a wonderful treat..I think I could say that nt Write is one of the finest Christian theologins of the modern age.He realy has clear and honest ideas that just 'feel' to be truth.He has a uneque quality of clearing up basic mysteries without killing mystery[if that makes sence[.anyway,hes good people as they say..enjoy.

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Well researched...

Narration a little flat and droning but well researched material. N. T. Wright really knows his stuff.

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You won't be disappointed!

The audio version was a good fit for this book. He reveals truths about the kingdom that the modern Church needs to consider. In-line with so much of what Dallas Willard attempted to teach.

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enlightening

I learned alot. would recommend to anyone! Narrator did a great job. read if you want to learn more about the historical meaning of Jesus

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Packed with great information

I enjoyed this. A lot to digest. Definitely one I need to go back to read and listen to again. I feel like there is so much to absorb here. I especially enjoyed the application to the church.

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Leads one to ask more questions, which is great.

the book brings you on a journey, of discovering Jesus and gets you to begin asking more and different questions. This is the journey of discipleship.

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Good History.

Any serious biblical scalar is going to find this book a useful and intresting read.

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  • 07-09-19

Well worth the effort

Was slightly put off by the sample of the narration style, but once I became used to the narrators cadence, ended up being very good. Listened at about an hour at a time whilst running, and found that anything less than this was difficult to really get into. Definitely the sort of audio book that needs to be listened to at length, not taken in small bites and chunks.
Overall great book but that hardly needs to be said of NT Wright

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  • Rosalie T.
  • 01-23-20

Profoundly simple and erudite

Wright is expert at Making biblical themes simple enough to grasp, without dumbing down or eroding essential, profound truths and meaning. Wright’s approach to the the biblical Jesus is still refreshing and inspiring to me, a long time Christian. I will keep referring to this text and be more than happy to pass it on to non-believers as well.