From a lecture given on December 31st, 1996 at Yale University. Boldly stating that historians can construct a sketch of Jesus that makes sense both historically and subsequently serves as the beginning point of Christian theology, N.T. Wright shapes this talk around 7 points of discussion about Jesus. Wight asserts that Jesus claimed to be a prophet and a messiah, was a teacher of subversive wisdom, and attempted to reconstitute Israel around himself believing that his death would usher in the kingdom of God. From these discussion points and others taken up in the talk, Wright makes a case that those who come to the historical sources about Jesus in a responsible manner will find a clear trajectory between the Jesus of the gospels and the theology of the apostle Paul.