Monday, April 13, 2009
The Resurrection of the Son of God
I just finished reading The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright. It is, to my knowledge, the most significant treatment of the resurrection of Jesus ever written.
Part I provides an extensive discussion of theories of the afterlife by ancient authors Jewish and non-Jewish authors. Part II is an indepth treatment of resurrection in Paul's letters. Part III provides analysis of resurrection in early Christianity both in and outside of the New Testament, i.e. not only New Testament letters but also in the apostolic fathers, the later apologists, New Testament apocrypha and even the so-called "lost gospels." Part IV provides a more detailed analysis of the resurrection narratives in the four canonical Gospels. Part V is a capstone discussion on the resurrection and history, and on Jesus as the Son of God.
The book is 817 pages long including bibliographies and indexes.
It is absolutely outstanding; an instant classic!