N.T. Wright’s Forthcoming Book – How God Became King

N.T. Wright’s Forthcoming Book – How God Became King October 20, 2011

N.T. Wright’s forthcoming book from HarperOne is called How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, which deals with the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the Cross. That is the subject that Wright spoke about at both Fuller and IBR last year. Due out March 2012. Here is the blurb:

Since ancient times, the church has sought to distance itself from its Jewish roots and has developed teachings on the Bible and about Jesus that actually serve as a barrier for reading the New Testament for what it is: the story of the coronation of God through Jesus at the fulfillment of Jewish history and as the climax of all human history. Award-winning New Testament scholar and Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright peels back the barriers to reveal the lost story they tell. He begins by asking why each gospel starts by connecting back to the Old Testament in a dramatic way, repeatedly making the point that Jesus was the Messiah, God’s chosen one, who is continuing a story that began in Eden. Not only does Wright reveal a new way of looking at what the writers of the New Testament were attempting to reveal, he also lays the groundwork for how this new perspective can transform how we see our role and duties in the world today. Whereas the old framework caused the church to be preoccupied with our future fate (i.e., who’s going to be in heaven and who will be left out), this new paradigm sees our current life as under the reign of an active and caring God who wants his kingdom made incarnate in this world by the church. The forgotten story shows us that we should read our charge as: “Are you cooperating with God’s kingdom here and now?” This book will revolutionize how we read the Gospels and how the church understands its role in the world.

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  • Peter

    sounds great. However, when will he release the next COQG volume?

    • Jason

      It was going to be this fall, but he allowed it to be criticized further first because of the controversy of the NPP and justification. He finishedhis ‘for everyone’ series on the NT instead. Paul and the Faithfullness of God is due out in 2012; I think it will be in the first quarter, though no official date has been set to my knowledge.

  • Peter

    sounds great. However, when will he release the next COQG volume?

    • Jason

      It was going to be this fall, but he allowed it to be criticized further first because of the controversy of the NPP and justification. He finishedhis ‘for everyone’ series on the NT instead. Paul and the Faithfullness of God is due out in 2012; I think it will be in the first quarter, though no official date has been set to my knowledge.

  • bill victor

    How will this be different from Simply Jesus which is coming out next week?

    • This is more about kingdom and how Jesus’ life and death brings it. Simply Jesus will be a short summary of who Jesus is (like his The Challenge of Jesus).

  • bill victor

    How will this be different from Simply Jesus which is coming out next week?

    • This is more about kingdom and how Jesus’ life and death brings it. Simply Jesus will be a short summary of who Jesus is (like his The Challenge of Jesus).

  • Peter G.

    There ought to be a quota given to publishers on how many books they can market as “rediscovering” this or “recovering the lost” that.

  • Peter G.

    There ought to be a quota given to publishers on how many books they can market as “rediscovering” this or “recovering the lost” that.

    • I concur!

    • Simon B

      Unfortunately American evangelicalism is so lost (including the neo Reformed) that a whole heap of stuff needs to be “recovered”.

      • Vpmcdonald

        Let’s see…..American evangelicalism has taught me the majestic sovereignty of God; the splendor and glory of His creation work; the exalted identity of mankind to enjoy fellowship with Him; the sinful fall of mankind into depravity; the absolute need of a Savior; the incredible, willful, love of God to provide redemption through His Son Jesus; the perfect sacrificial work of Christ on the cross; the beauty of His church to build up His body to display His love to one another and the world; the absolute authority and sufficiency of the scriptures;……..shall I go on? Sounds to me like Peter & Paul would rejoice at what I have experienced 2000 years and 5000 miles removed from them!

        • Simon B

          I’m glad for you. But you have to understand that not all Christian traditions think that mankind is totally depraved. Other Christians actually believe the Biblical teaching that God’s creation is still “very good” and that mankind is made in the image of God. And that our Lord did not save us from God himself, as in Reformed theology. Rather he saved us from sin and death and defeated the powers of evil. We actually believe that God is love. He is not a giant human being whom the Reformed have transferred their passions onto. “God is not only love” they say, he is also “vengeful, holy, just etc”. As if God had a range of emotions like a big human being with super powers. No. God’s love and holiness are not opposites. God’s love and justice are not in tension. As if perfect holiness and justice were anything different to his perfect love.

          The scriptures are actually authoritative in the Church, the Church who gave us the New Testament. That the New Testament is actually not a creedal statement but the story of the Lord’s incarnation and letters addressing specific issues. That it is self evident for any thinking person that they were never intended to be a complete statement of theology and practise for the Church. But anyways that’s a different topic. nevermind the low theology of the Church in Calvinism. Of course they would never say this explicitly, nor did Calvin. But in reality, it is one of the most individualistic systems next to classic liberal economics. The reading of Romans 9 is misguided to put it mildly – there are far more harsh words that could be said about their misuse of the text here.

          So don’t imagine that the way hyper Calvinists do Christianity is the only way.. in fact I’d say they are dead wrong. And besides Calvinism was completely absent from the Church for 1500 years – despite the fact that Calvinists seem sensitive to the charge that their theology is an innovation. It is an innovation. It was the most severe deconstruction of the Christian faith. It is half way to Gnosticism.

          • Rachel

            You who bring good news to Zion,
            go up on a high mountain- lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid!
            See! the Sovereign LORD comes with power,
            and he rules with a mighty arm- his reward is with him
            He tends his flock like a shepherd and carries them close to his heart;
            he gently leads those that have young….

            All people are grass and our faithfulness flowers,
            the breath of the LORD blows on them
            and we wither and fall
            But the WORD of our God endures forever!

            The nations are like a drop in the bucket
            Why do you complain?
            Do you not know?
            Have you not heard?
            Has it not been told you from the beginning?
            The LORD is the everlasting God,
            the Creator of the ends of the earth
            and HIS UNDERSTANDING NO ONE can fathom!

            if the root is holy, so are the branches.
            Branches have been broken off and grafted in. Stand firm in faith- Do not be arrogant, but tremble. You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
            All Israel will be saved

            “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
            How unsearchable his judgments,
            and his paths beyond tracing out!
            For EVERYTHING comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory!

            Romans 11 & Isaiah 40

            ++++++++

            “For it is written that we shall live on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

            So REMAIN in Him, simply REMAIN.

            “PREPARE the way for the LORD and the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
            and all people will see it together.”

  • Jake

    I wish Wright would author a book telling how the church, between the Apostles and him, got some things right.

  • Jake

    I wish Wright would author a book telling how the church, between the Apostles and him, got some things right.

    • Simon B

      In fact we might ask evangelicals what the church got right between the Holy Apostles and the Reformation!! Wright stands firmly within the Tradition of the church that includes the creeds etc. Much of what he says is over against stuff that happens mainly in America. America is the home of modern heresy. We’re not just talking about the cults, which is the obvious category. But we’re talking about rapture theology, extreme forms of Calvinism (in fact much of Christendom thinks that Calvinism is heresy. The Eastern Orthodox for example), caricatures of penal substitution found in Reformed theology etc. If the apostles were around today, they would see rank confusion in U.S. Christianity. They’d feel far more comfortable in an Ethiopian, Greek or Armenian Church. The fact that these churches are foreign to many evangelicals today says a lot. Wright honors the Traditions of the church, those established from the beginning and therefore a lot of it is “new” to them. Just like the “New Perspective on Paul” didn’t seem so “new” to the Eastern Orthodox. I was conversing with an Orthodox priest here in Australia and he heartily recommends Wright. So what’s new and what isn’t? Perhaps those who stand in the Reformation camp need to find out a bit more about church history. Christianity is no U.S.-centric. The questions posed in U.S. evangelicalism are not the ones posed by scripture or historically in the church.

  • Jerry

    Hmmm . . . it will be interesting to compare this to McKnight’s King Jesus Gospel.” It sounds like they are playing similar themes.

  • Jerry

    Hmmm . . . it will be interesting to compare this to McKnight’s King Jesus Gospel.” It sounds like they are playing similar themes.

  • John

    One sort of wonders which century Wright lives in when he writes stuff like this?
    Stuff which is essentially dim-witted religious provincialism. Especially as the entire Great Tradition of humankind is now freely available to anyone with and internet connection. And the fact that there are thousands of names of God from every known culture, past and present.

    Please find a completely different Understanding of the nature of the “Kingdom” as taught by Jesus while he was alive.

    http://www.beezone.com/up/secretsofkingdomofgod.html

    The Truth About God

    http://www.adidam.org/teaching/aletheon/truth-god.aspx

  • John

    One sort of wonders which century Wright lives in when he writes stuff like this?
    Stuff which is essentially dim-witted religious provincialism. Especially as the entire Great Tradition of humankind is now freely available to anyone with and internet connection. And the fact that there are thousands of names of God from every known culture, past and present.

    Please find a completely different Understanding of the nature of the “Kingdom” as taught by Jesus while he was alive.

    http://www.beezone.com/up/secretsofkingdomofgod.html

    The Truth About God

    http://www.adidam.org/teaching/aletheon/truth-god.aspx

  • Pretty exciting!

  • Pretty exciting!