How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

by N. T. Wright


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New Testament scholar N.T. Wright reveals how we have been misreading the Gospels for centuries, powerfully restoring the lost central story of the Scripture: that the coronation of God through the acts of Jesus was the climax of human history. Wright fills the gaps that centuries of misdirection have opened up in our collective spiritual story, tracing a narrative from Eden, to Jesus, to today. Wright’s powerful re-reading of the Gospels helps us re-align the focus of our spiritual beliefs, which have for too long been focused on the afterlife. Instead, the forgotten story of the Gospels reveals why we should understand that our real charge is to sustain and cooperating with God's kingdom here and now. Echoing the triumphs of Simply Christian and The Meaning of Jesus, Wright’s How God Became King is required reading for any Christian searching to understand their mission in the world today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061730603
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 148,736
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and bestselling author. Featured on ABC News, The Colbert Report, Dateline, and Fresh Air, Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms, as well as the recent translation of the New Testament The Kingdom New Testament and the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Empty Cloak

1 The Missing Middle 3

2 The Opposite Problem 25

All Body, No Cloak

3 The Inadequate Answers 41

2 adjusting the volume

4 The Story of Israel 61

5 The Story of Jesus as the Story of Israel's God 83

6 The Launching of God's Renewed People 105

7 The Clash of the Kingdoms 127

3 The Kingdom and the Cross

8 Where We Get Stuck 157

Enlightenment, Power, and Empire

9 Kingdom and Cross in Four Dimensions 175

10 Kingdom and Cross 211

The Remaking of Meanings

4 Creed, Canon, and Gospel

11 How to Celebrate God's Story 253

Further Reading 277

Scripture Index 279

What People are Saying About This

Tremper Longman III

“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.”

Scot McKnight

“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.”

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