N. T. Wright on Jesus
I often am asked about the work and views of N. T. Wright. Whether it is on Paul or Christianity in general, Jesus, or the resurrection, this British scholar has made his mark in the public square. What is hard for people is to take the time to read him, since much of what he has written appears in tomes of significant size.
Since he tends to say some things differently, people often give him a hard time without knowing why other than it is different. So they hear this and that about him and react. That is not the best way to get to know someone and their views.
This is why I am pleased to note his recent book, Simply Jesus. Here in a relatively short space and in simple, clear style, Wright sets forth his views about Jesus. He especially works hard at showing how the kingdom is about God reigning through Jesus. He argues thsi was Jesus' central message (and on this, I think he is correct). He also explains how the gospel is bigger than we often think.
This is a good way to get introduced to his views about Jesus and read about them first hand, rather than merely taking in what others say about him. This book is a good introduction to what Jesus was about. There are spots where I might say it differently or emphasize some points more. But the book is vintage Wright and there is much in it that does explain Jesus' goals well. That does not answer all the questions people ask about what he says in other areas, but this is the place to start because much of what Wright says starts with how he sees Jesus in his first century context.