This book on the life of Jesus was stunning in every way. Prior to reading The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is, I had only ever read one of N.T. Wright’s works. I wasn’t so impressed by the other, but soon learned that I had read an unusually poor sampling. As a result, I was determined to try another of his writings. And I’m glad I did. And I’m glad I read it a second time.
There was so much depth to this piece that I had to go over it again just to grasp all that the author was saying. And any time a thought-provoking book requires that I read it again (and is just as delightful the second time around), it already has points in its favor.
Wright’s breakdown of the historical Jesus and what was expected of a Messiah in first century Israel was utterly fascinating. I can’t say enough about how excellent this work was, and how much it taught me about Jesus’ doctrine and teachings. In fact, Wright revealed so much of that period’s culture (and wrote in such a welcoming manner) that I nearly felt I was there while reading it.
In summary, I can’t think of a single thing wrong with this book.
5 stars out of 5