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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (641 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: N. T. Wright Narrator: James Langton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one living today is writing more thoughtfully and compellingly about Christian theology than N. T. Wright. With Simply Jesus, he takes readers on an illuminating intellectual expedition to recover the Christian Messiah. If you have not read Wright, start now, and start with this book.”

    Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

  • “Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into vivid, clear, and accessible form. This book is yet another of his great gifts to the worldwide church.”

    Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • “Tom Wright has a fresh way of presenting the story of Jesus...This book retrieves Jesus from the margins of contemporary ideologies and places him once again at the heart of biblical faith. A compelling read!”

    Timothy George, former dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

  • “Wright patiently explains the world views that Jesus stepped into, how his parables point to his mission, and, finally, what this truth means in today’s world. Wright’s direct style, reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ writings, invites readers in but allows for internal argument.”

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  • “N. T. Wright’s introduction to Jesus is erudite and decidedly thought-provoking—I found myself pondering each chapter, hours after I had put the book down. But this is more than just a smart study. Somewhat to my surprise, I felt that, in reading Simply Jesus, I was really coming to know Jesus better; reading Simply Jesus, I actually felt him near.”

    Lauren F. Winner, author of Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alisa | 2/8/2014

    " Wright is simply masterful in rooting our concept of Jesus in His 1st century setting. One of the more challenging aspects of this book is being made to truly deal with Jesus the God-MAN. Wright's exploration of Jesus' humanity - learning, growing, discovering - was off-putting at first until I embraced the full meaning of his incarnation and recognized lingering gnostic tendencies in my perceptions. This is required reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 1/23/2014

    " So, in typical N.T. Wright fashion, his "Simple" is the poor man's "Complicated". Nonetheless, very interesting and insightful. A bit denser though than the title may suggest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Hanscom | 1/21/2014

    " Or, 4 1/2, though suppose I am biased. Of all contemporary Christian writers, Bp. Nicholas Thomas Wright is my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron Cummings | 1/19/2014

    " Everything I ever learned from NT Wright rolled into one book. Brilliant and insightful. "

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