This is not the first Wright book I have read. I'm a "fan" of his writing and point of view. Therefore I was willing to wade through the first hundred pages in which he makes the obligatory academic defense of his method. For the reader who just wants to know what he has to say, skip it and start with his background of Jewish history and faith culture. Suddenly the New Testament makes sense in ways it never did before. We Christians are not Jews, but we get lost trying to understand our own gospels if we don't pay attention to the milieu and thought patterns of our cousins the Jews. I am more than happy to toss Bultmann out the window after reading Wright's approach. The shortcomings of many other academic approaches are also rightly exposed. Great stuff!