THEN THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY – NOW FACE TO FACE
(Apologies to St Paul. 1 Cor; 13.12)
THE NEW TESTAMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD (SPCK 1992)
and JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD (SPCK 1996)
by N T Wright
This is the story of how Jesus and his Ministry have come to the centre stage in the world of the scholars. The story is told in the opening chapters of both the texts referred to above, beginning with JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD.
Jesus Then and Now
Most scholars in the twentieth century have shied away from attempting a full-face portrait of Jesus; they have felt the need to distance themselves from a whole body of earlier commentaries which had portrayed Jesus in loving, but spurious detail, based on the imagination of the writers rather than on historical data. Instead, scholars have preferred to attend to the rise of the early church a generation or more after the time of the ministry of Jesus. This is because the gospel texts have been held to reflect the concerns of the evangelists themselves as they wrote for the later generations of Christians. The texts were not to be relied on, the scholars judged, as historical data concerning Jesus himself. (more…)