cover image The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is

The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is

N. T. Wright. InterVarsity Press, $18 (202pp) ISBN 978-0-8308-2200-3

Here, prolific Anglican theologian and historical Jesus quester Wright makes accessible to lay readers the arguments he laid out in his scholarly tome Jesus and the Victory of God. But Wright does more than just rehash old arguments; he adds a discussion of the resurrection, absent from Victory, and addresses the prickly problem of relevance. In the first six chapters, Wright tackles many of the questions of the historical Jesus debate: Did Jesus believe the Kingdom of God was ""now"" or ""later""? (Both, says Wright.) Did He know He was God in the same way ""that one knows one is hungry or thirsty""? (""It was not a mathematical knowledge.... It was more like the knowledge that I have that I am loved by those closest to me."") What exactly happened on Easter? (Jesus' body seemed both physical and transphysical.) Wright then addresses how all these historical-cum-theological musings are significant for Christians living in a postmodern world. This superb addition to Wright's oeuvre will prove fruitful reading for neophytes as well as for those already familiar with his approach. (Jan.)