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.
Review: Five Stars
As someone who finds the Hebrew Scriptures both interesting and important, it was nice to see a book by a prominent Christian author that took the Torah and the earlier scriptures seriously and also to read such a thought-provoking book. I truly believe that he is correct when he says that most people (I’m including myself here) do not understand the scriptures and the meanings the original authors intended for them to have.
I thought this was a very fair assessment of the problems people, including the general public and even the clergy experience when they read the scriptures. This book really highlights the history of these important documents and makes the reader think about what the words really mean. Even some of the more popular phrases and quotes from the Bible actually have deeper meanings than they seem to at first glance.
One of the things I enjoyed about this book, was that it explained how the New and Old Testaments actually work together to form a cohesive theory, rather than treating the Hebrew/Aramaic scriptures as something that has now been lost to the sands of time in the name of supersessionism. I find both the New and Old testaments fascinating, and it was good to see that they were treated equally in this book.
If you are curious about the scriptures you have read or have listened to and want to know more about their history and purpose, this would be a good book to choose. Worth every star and the time it took to read.