Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Forty Two

As is mostly well known by now, in the pistis Christou debate, Tom Wright stands with Richard Hays in suggesting that this phrase should be seen as a subjective genitive clause– talking about a pistis which Christ himself has or exercises. On pp. 836ff. he pauses to well on Rom. 3.22, in light of Rom. 3.2. Let me add quickly that on this issue, I think Hays got it right in the first place. I actually read his doctoral dissertation… Read more

Easter Redux— This time its Personal….

Easter means a lot of different things to different people, ranging from family reunions to big dinners to Easter egg hunts to down time from work, and none of those things in themselves are bad things. Easter however, at its most fundamental level is not about us, not about our celebrating ourselves and our families. It’s about a once and future king, and a once and future event called resurrection. It is easy enough for ministers to preach even stem… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Forty One

Time and again, one of the major hermeneutical moves Tom Wright makes is what I will call the ‘both-and’ approach. For instance, on pp. 821ff. we hear that Christ has taken on both the role of Adam in ruling over creation and the role of the Messiah in rescuing God’s people, and in Wright’s view the purpose or mission of Israel to rescue the world. It’s one stop shopping in Jesus. Christ becomes all things to all persons so by… Read more

Wright’s Paul and Faithfulness of God– Part Forty

One of the most crucial sections in Wright’s whole exposition begins on pp.815ff. Here he argues that the purpose for which God had intended Israel was fulfilled in and through Jesus the Messiah. Christ is the place where the God of Abraham and the people of Abraham meet, according to Wright. He is monotheism and election all wrapped up into one person. He will go on to argue that the death of Jesus on the cross brought to fulfillment the… Read more

The Tour Sandra Bullock Never Got in ‘Gravity’

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Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Thirty Nine

Beginning on p. 806, Tom discusses the issue of supercessionism (and the charge that his own approach to Paul is supercessionist). For those unfamiliar with this term, it has to do with the notion that the church has replaced Israel as the people of God, or even the church is the current phase of Israel as the people of God. Tom distinguishes three kinds of supercessionism: 1) hard supercessionism; 2) sweeping supercessionism, and 3) Jewish supercessionism. The first sort is… Read more

Bill Arnold on Acts 15 and What It Says

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Morning Music— I’m in a Philly Mood

We are heading to Philadelphia, the city of sisterly love (since adelphia is a female noun) to see our son and his wife for the Easter week. In preparation, I’m getting in a Philly Mood with Daryl Hall and Amos Lee… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God– Part Thirty Eight

On pages 795-804, Tom begins to make his case that the discussion of God’s righteousness needs to be had in the context of God’s covenant faithfulness, as the two are intertwined. He is well aware that we have difficulties doing justice to the dikaio- word group in English, as it has various nuances that the words righteous/righteousness/justice do not convey in English. In this section Tom draws on his earlier book on Justification. It is also in this context that… Read more

Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God— Part Thirty Seven

As Tom begins his discussion of election, he freely admits that his view stands more on the salvation history side than on the apocalyptic side when it comes to analyzing how Paul tells the story. Tom is prepared to talk about the fulfillment of the story of Abraham, and indeed of the Abrahamic covenant. He is even prepared to talk about the choosing of Abraham having to do with the undoing of the sin of Adam and its effects, the… Read more

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