The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author widely considered to be the heir to C. S. Lewis contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus’ crucifixion—arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning.
In The Day the Revolution Began, N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by Hope. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus’ death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation—a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation.
Wright argues that Jesus’ crucifixion must be understood within the much larger story of God’s purposes to bring heaven and earth together. The Day the Revolution Began offers a grand picture of Jesus’ sacrifice and its full significance for the Christian faith, inspiring believers with a renewed sense of mission, purpose, and hope, and reminding them of the crucial role the Christian faith must play in protecting and shaping the future of the world.
In this lecture, Prof. Wright begins to unpack the importance of Jesus's crucifixion in our own world. He will call upon present understandings and practices that show its relevance.
This lecture begins to probe the somewhat unusual merging between the history of the events surrounding the death of Jesus and the theological relevance that became attached to the historical event.
Prof. Wright begins to unpack the meaning and importance of crucifixion as it would have been seen by a Roman citizen and by Jewish inhabitants within the Roman Empire.
In this lecture, Prof. Wright explains the Old Testament background in which an understanding of Jesus's work may be understood. It is the story the finds a link between the Pentateuch and the great Servant Songs of Isaiah 40-55. In this way we understand how the story is "According to the Scriptures" as Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 15.
Professor Wright explains the calling, the vocation, of Jesus as the King inaugurating the Kingdom of God. He does this in ways that are quite in accordance with the Scriptures as we have pointed out. Here, however, we see that the darkness of the cross was fully expected by Jesus and embraced by him. He also brings his disciples into the understanding of this mystery through the meal of the last supper. This lecture helps summarize Chapters 6-7 of the book, The Day the Revolution Began.
In this lecture, Prof. Wright describes how Jesus, through the defeating the powers of evil, inaugurates a new era where men and women can live in a new reality of being image-bearers of God. As a result, they have the authority of being people who represent God's covenant faithfulness on earth.
Session Seven presents the description of how Jesus confronts the powers of evil and injustice in himself through his self-sacrifice. This represents the bringing forth of a new creation freed from the power of sin and the Satan.
Prof. Wright provides further description, starting with the Gospel of Luke, about how God's rescue story works. This is a closer look at some of the Gospel narratives that interpret the event of the crucifixion.
The letters of St. Paul are particularly important for understanding the meaning of Jesus's crucifixion. In this lecture, Prof. Wright will start by looking at Paul's letters to the Galatians, the Corinthian letters, Philippians, and Colossians. The goal is to discover the renewal of all creation.
Prof. Wright begins to explain how the Apostle Paul addresses the role of Jesus's death and crucifixion in his Epistle to the Romans. This lecture takes the learner through Romans 3:21-26 primarily in order to understand the nuances of this beautiful but tightly packed argument.
Prof. Wright continues his explanation of the Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Romans with an explanation of Romans 5-8. It is here that the idea of New Creation comes into fuller light in order that we might be gripped by the ultimate destiny of redeemed humanity: being part of the New Creation with Christ as King over all.
N.T Wright received his BA, MA and PHD from Oxford University. He taught New Testament at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities 1978-1993. He was Dean of Lichfield, then Canon of Westminster, then Bishop of Durham (Church of England), 1994-2010. Since 2010 Prof. Wright has been Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has published over 75 books and hundreds of articles. Prof. Wright recently received the Burkitt Medal from the British Academy for services to New Testament scholarship. He enjoys writing, lecturing, mentoring students and an occasional round of golf. He delights in spending time with his family in the midst of a busy schedule of writing and traveling.
David Seemuth has a Ph.D. from Marquette University in the field of Religious Studies with an emphasis on New Testament Theology. He has taught at the graduate level for over 25 years at numerous universities and seminaries. He also has 16 years of on-line teaching experience. His passion is to see that people not only understand the Scripture, but also apply them to daily life.