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Overview "For me," says N.T. Wright, "there has been no more stimulating exercise, for the mind, the heart, the imagination and the spirit, than trying to think Paul's thoughts after him and constantly to be stirred up to fresh glimpses of God's ways and purposes with the world and with us strange human creatures." Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today.
Publishers Description For me, says N.T.Wright, there has been no more stimulating exercise, for the mind, the heart, the imagination and the spirit, than trying to think Paul's thoughts after him and constantly to be stirred up to fresh glimpses of God's ways and purposes with the world and with us strange human creatures. Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today. Part One Themes 1. Paul's World, Paul's Legacy 2. Creation and Covenant 3.Messiah and Apocalyptic 4. Gospel and Empire Part Two Structures 5. Rethinking God 6. Reworking God's People 7. Reimagining God's Future 8. Paul, Jesus, and the Task of the Church
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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 460.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.1" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Hovel Audio
ISBN 1596445033 ISBN13 9781596445031
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More About N. T. Wright & Simon Vance
Born in 1948 in Northumberland, England, N.T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham. He was formerly Dean of Lichfield and lecturer in New Testament studies at Oxford University as well as fellow, tutor, and chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. He has also served as professor of New Testament language and literature in various colleges and universities. With doctorates in divinity and in philosophy from the University of Oxford, N. T. Wright is a member of the Society for New Testament Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, and the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. He has published more than 40 works at both scholarly and popular levels related to New Testament studies, especially on the origins of Christianity and Biblical Christology.
N. T. Wright has an academic affiliation as follows - Worcester College, Oxford.
N. T. Wright has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Origins and the Question of God (Paperback)
Reviews - What do customers think about Paul: In Fresh Perspective?
Paul. NT Wright. Sep 23, 2008
Wright's `Paul' is a difficult book for me to appraise. The book exhibits much scholarly restraint, as should be expected from Wright, but other of his writings have impressed me more. He believes that the various perceptional packages that claim to contain Paul have all been inadequate, at best (or worse, constructed on fundamentally false assumptions). Of course, this view itself should not be surprising, as Paul's own contemporaries sometimes found him difficult to understand (2Peter 3:15-16).
Wright identifies and explores three essentially Judaic themes as being central to understanding Paul. He hopes to redirect Pauline scholarship, and employs enough "re_[insert verb here]" language to become rather tiring (reexamining, rebuilding, rethinking, reimagining, reworking, reclaiming, etc). The text is dry and deliberate, and struck me as probably being well conceived although not always clearly articulated or tightly argued. Unless you are a New Testament or Pauline scholar, my advice is that you choose another of Wright's works.
Fantastic Apr 28, 2008
This is exhibit one in what Roger Olson calls "post conservative theology": how we re-understand the scriptures in a way that leads to orthodox or evangelical beliefs without seeking to affirm ideas of early modernism that may no longer fit. While Calvin and Luther were orthodox, orthodoxy does not mean understanding what Paul meant by, for example, "justification" in the same way Calvin and Luther understood it, because frankly their understanding of the first century church and first century Judaism was not as strong as that we can reconstruct using contemporary methods. Bishop Wright is probably closer to Paul's original authorial intent than any other scholar.
Spurring me on to further study - 3.5 stars Feb 12, 2008
In Paul in Fresh Perspective, N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham (in England), sets out to place the writing, thought, and ministry of Paul in his first century context of Judaism, Imperial Rome, and Greek culture of the Eastern Mediterranean. Wright takes us on a fascinating journey into what the mind of Paul might have been like and how the particular challenges of ministering in his three-fold world affected his writings and the early church, finishing with suggestions for how we can work out Paul's methods in making Jesus' message understandable to our own world. It is highly readable and yet so scholarly that it references many unfamiliar ideas and authors. I foresee buying more books to get a better picture of the many subjects that hover around the edges of Wright's thesis. So, if you are book geek like me who loves bibliographies you will like this book.
This is book is controversial in that it espouses a different take on "justification by faith" than the traditional Protestant line as espoused by the Reformers and many theologians over the past 500 years. Wright understands justification as not about how people become Christians, "but about how one could tell in the present, who God's true people were..." (p. 159). This is an assertion he makes often in this book, and he does spend time building a case for it, but his proof is not convincing. It warrants a whole book of its own with not only biblical/theological foundation, but lots of textual support which is beyond the scope of this little book. All that said, Wright's perspective definitely warrants more study of both those who oppose this teaching and other writings of Wright, because the implications for redefining justification are enormous.
So, read this to get your feet wet in a debate that is raging through scholarly circles and pastors gatherings around the world as well as a glimpse into the Jewish roots of Christianity. As you read pray for discernment and use your bible b/c of the importance of the debate and its outcome.
Great Service Dec 13, 2007
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Challenge Accepted Aug 9, 2007
As a serious student of the apostle Paul, I have been reluctant to rethink key Pauline concepts like justification, soteriology, and especially Paul's view of Jesus Christ. But, N. T. Wright makes a convincing case for doing just that. He simply asks that we set aside our theological commitments and try to understand Paul in terms of his own context. That much any honest exegete ought to be willing to do. In this book I find Wright engaging and suggestive. He invites the reader to reread Paul along with him. In the end I think Wright's reconstruction of Pauline theology is relevant to modern needs. The church now would be well-advised to take up the challenge Wright offers and see if Paul's presentation of the gospel does not offer much-needed answers to our brokenness. I still find Wright's exegesis forced in places. But it is always helpful to be challenged to re-consider the meaning of familiar texts. That Wright does better than anyone I have read recently. Paul: In Fresh Perspective