Curious Omission

In honor of Palm Sunday I cracked open N. T. Wright’s How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels in search of what he had to say about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and to my great shock, I couldn’t find reference to Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; or John 12:12-19 anywhere in the Scripture index. I have to read this thing now and find out how it’s possible to omit such an even from a book that’s about how God became king. Perhaps Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem isThe Forgotten Story of the Gospelsthat the subtitle speaks of!

Oh, and for the record, all the talk about everyone forgetting what the Gospels are about isn’t the product of a zealous publicist, as some suspected, but rather come right from Wright’s pen (it’s all over the preface).

B”H

10 thoughts on “Curious Omission

  1. Did you post this on April first for some reason?

    I’m continuing to read about NT Wright. Just finished the “not a Festschrift” Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue … sounds like we have some very good reasons to take a wait and see attitude about NTW’s hypothetical construction of the Kingdom of God. The only NT scholar I have more difficulty getting the big picture with is J. D. G. Dunn. Been reading him for eons and he still seems to be charting an almost unfathomable course through the biblical theological universe. N.T. Wright is becoming quite clear in my mind now, what he is about, but it took a while. It really helps to read his critics, not talking about Piper, but his peers.

  2. C. Stirling: For the reason that Palm Sunday happened to fall on April 1.

    I own tons of Wright but have read very little of it. Dunn, on the other hand, I’ve read tons of and he’s easy to figure out. Everything’s about Adam and Jesus is God but not God. That’s the gist of most everything Dunn has ever written.

    Jonathan: Thanks. I’ll find the pages.

    Brian: Yup. Just like that. What would we all do without N. T. Wright to come and remind us of these long forgotten truths?

  3. Nick: If you haven’t already, you should also read McKnight’s book, King Jesus Gospel. It is very good.

  4. Dear, dear, dear… finally got round to reading ‘Justification’, which was largely convincing, but Wright’s jabs at his opponents were so audacious I had to laugh. He doesn’t say things by halves.

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