The Day the Revolution Began
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The Day the Revolution Began

Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion
4.8 (336 ratings)
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Last updated 10/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the reasons for attempting to gain further understanding of what changed as of 6:00 PM on Good Friday.
  • Describe some of the historical reasons for certain theories that surround the meaning of Jesus's crucifixion.
  • Articulate the perspective of the ancient pagan world with reference to sacrifice to gods.
  • Provide reasons why the early Christians thought that the Old Testament provides background for the idea of Jesus's crucifixion.
  • Discern how the stories of Israel intersect with Christian belief especially surrounding the idea of sacrifice.
  • Explain how the concept of "rescue" pervades the work of Jesus in His life and death.
  • Present biblical arguments that support a rich understanding of the meaning of Jesus's crucifixion.
  • Encourage Christians to walk in a new sense of wonder as those who have been rescued from death in order to live lives of love.
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Requirements
  • Students should come with curiosity about the meaning of Jesus's crucifixion.
  • Students should be ready to discover historical and theological concepts that may be foreign to them.
  • Students should acquire the book "The Day the Revolution Began" by N.T. Wright published by HarperOne (ISBN:0062334387). The book is available in various formats including eBook.
Description

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any person who has wondered about why Christians have an affinity for thinking that Jesus's crucifixion has any ramifications for the present day.
  • People who wish to have a deeper understanding of the meaning of Jesus's death.
  • People who long for hope that is grounded in Jesus's crucifixion as an historical event.
  • Followers of Jesus who wish to have greater appreciation for what God has accomplished in Christ.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
03:16:37
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The Day the Revolution Began by Prof. N.T. Wright: An Introduction
6 Lectures 41:26

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.

Preview 12:26

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session One
11 questions

How The Best Use this Course Along with the Book by Prof. Wright
01:17

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.

Session Two: with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:10

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Two
18 questions

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.

Session Three: with Prof. N.T. Wright
12:31

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Three
11 questions

Processing Ideas and Probing Questions: Sessions 1-3; Chapters 1-3
00:41
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The Day the Revolution Began: Part Two-- In Accordance with the Bible
3 Lectures 27:59

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. 

Session Four: with Prof. N.T. Wright
13:23

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Four
12 questions

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.

Session Five: with Prof. N.T. Wright
13:59

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Five
11 questions

Processing Ideas and Probing Questions: Sessions 4-5; Book Chapters 4-7
00:37
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The Day the Revolution Began: Part Three-- The Revolutionary Rescue
7 Lectures 01:35:11

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 Six: with Prof. N.T. Wright
13:47

Comprehension Assessment of Session Six
10 questions

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.

Session Seven: with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:23

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Seven
10 questions

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.

Session Eight: with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:39

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Eight
11 questions

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.

Session Nine: with Prof. N.T. Wright
20:49

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Nine
13 questions

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.

Session Ten: with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:46

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Ten
12 questions

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.

Session Eleven: with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:10

Comprehension Assessment of Session Eleven
12 questions

Processing Ideas and Probing Questions: Sessions 6-11; Book Chapters 8-13
00:37
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The Day the Revolution Began: Part Three-- The Revolution Continues
3 Lectures 31:59
Session Twelve: with Prof. N.T. Wright
13:41

Processing Ideas and Probing Questions: Session 12; Book Chapters 14-15
00:37

Comprehension Assessment Covering Session Twelve
8 questions

Q & A with Prof N.T. Wright and Prof. David P. Seemuth
17:41
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About the Instructor
N.T. Wright
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Professor

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 P. Seemuth
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14,037 Students
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Professor

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.