Back in the fall, we started a sermon series on Mark here at CrossPointe. Looking ahead some, I asked Fortress Press if they’d be willing to send along a couple of N. T. Wright’s massive books in his Christian Origins and The Question of God series. They kindly (very kindly!) sent me copies of both Jesus and the Victory of God and The Resurrection of The Son of God. I’ve already finished the former, and am still working my way through the latter. In the course of reading, it soon (as in a few pages in) became apparent that a review series would be necessary to unpack these. So, starting next week that’s what we’ll embark on. Running like parallel tracks, we’ll work through The Resurrection of The Son of God and Jesus and the Victory of God. The latter will wrap up Easter week, and the former will finish the week after.
Even with a series like this, I won’t be able to engage Wright’s arguments in depth. I’m just trying to avoid a couple of 2500 words reviews by splitting up the conversation into several 500 or so word posts. Most of what I do will be descriptive since I am by no means a NT scholar. As I notice them, I may offer criticisms, but to be honest, I’m not sure I can do too much of that in the space provided. Perhaps the comment section will be a good place for some of that to take place.
So, with a big thanks to Fortress Press, here’s what we’re looking at over the next several weeks:
- Setting the Scene
- Resurrection in Paul
- Resurrection in Early Christianity
- The Story of Easter
After Easter, I may go back and do a progressive review of the first book in this series:
- Tools for the Task
- First-Century Judaism within the Greco-Roman World
- The First Christian Century
In the meantime, keep an eye out for the first post on each of these books sometime next week!