NT Wright on the great narrative.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
- Wright says that we often look at the fulfillment as the Old Testament themes being “fulfilled” in Jesus, without any “historical continuity.” However, Wright emphasizes that the Gospels shows that the story of Israel finds fulfillment in the story of Jesus. In other words, there is a continuous story from Old Testament to New Testament showing how Jesus is the fulfillment of the entire Hebrew narrative. How might this way of reading the Gospels help us to see Jesus’ story in the many stories of Israel, and vice versa?
- Jesus fulfilled Israel’s history as the “crucified messiah,” but this was also a contradiction. How is Jesus’ life both fulfillment and contradiction?
- How does this prevent us from painting Jesus in our own image or in our own beliefs?