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"Scholarly, accessible, insightful and challenging . . . an excellent and provocative book."--Christianity Magazine
"The prolific Christian apologist N.T. Wright... now devotes an entire volume, 'How God Became King' to this trendy subject. Wright's insistence that Christianity has got it all wrong seems to mark a turning point for the serious rethinking of heaven."--The Washington Post
"Wright is a scholar who writes as if the material he engages actually matters for the church and the world it lives in... and has again done the church a great favor in presenting the gospel story as the story of God and his kingdom on earth."--Englewood Review of Books
"We often read the beginning and the end of the Gospels without the large middle where the message of the kingdom rings loud and clear. I recommend to everyone who wants to understand the Gospels' message in a way that will not only inform the intellect but also transform life."--Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
"Tom Wright continues to urge and prod and propose how the church can regain a kingdom footing and end its empire heritage. And, he shows us how we can reshape both what we think about Jesus and how we follow him in our world."--Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
"Wright has never been more eloquent and persuasive than in this book that... caps a long, productive theological career."--Booklist (starred review)
Foundational: The four gospels come directly fromthe ancient church and are among the primary sourcesfor the church's teachings.
Familiar: Since Christian worship services began, areading from the gospels has played a central role.
Studied: For over two hundred years scholars havechallenged and defended the central claims of thegospels: miracles, historical accuracy, the divinity ofJesus, and more.
But Forgotten: Still, leading Bible scholar N. T.Wright reveals shocking news: We have all forgottenwhat the four gospels are about.
"Despite centuries of intense and heavy industryexpended on the study of all sorts of features of thegospels," Wright writes, "we have often managed tomiss the main thing that they, all four of them, aremost eager to tell us. What we need is not just a bitof fine-tuning, an adjustment here and there. We needa fundamental rethink about what the gospels aretrying to tell us."
What Wright offers is an opportunity to confront thesepowerful texts afresh, as if we are encountering themfor the first time. How God Became King reveals thesurprising, unexpected, and shocking news of thegospels: this is the story of a new king, a new kind ofking, a king who has changed everything, and a kingwho invites us to be part of his new world.
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