J ESUS ’ R ESURRECTION IN THE E ARLY C HRISTIAN T EXTS : A N E NGAGEMENT WITH N.T. W RIGHT * Larry W. Hurtado University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland A BSTRACT Wright’s latest book in his multi-volume treatment of ‘the New Testament and God’ reveals an impressive amount of research and reﬂection on practically every topic. The size and detail of Wright’s book make it difﬁcult to do justice to it, and it requires anyone who engages it in such a limited presentation to select matters for particular attention. This is an attempt to contribute productively by offering critique of certain matters, particularly those of apologetics, Wright’s portrayal of Jesus’ resurrection in the New Testament, ‘metaphorical’ use of resurrection lan- guage, religious experience and devotion to Jesus, and variety in early Christian resurrection-beliefs. But the critical focus should not be misconstrued and the overall reaction is one of appreciation and gratitude. Key words: resurrection, apologetics, religious experience, devotion to Jesus, N.T. Wright Having given up his original plan to treat Jesus’ resurrection in a chapter-length discussion in his massive 1996 book on Jesus, Wright wound up instead produc- ing a full book of 817 pages devoted
Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
Keywords: N.T. Wright; resurrection; religious experience; devotion to Jesus; apologetics
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