Endorsements for N.T. Wright’s big Paul Book

Thanks to Nijay Gupta for collecting these endorsements on Wrights PFG:

“N. T. Wright’s long-awaited full-length study of St. Paul will not in any way disappoint. From the very first sentence, it holds the attention, arguing a strong, persuasive, coherent, and fresh case supported by immense scholarship and comprehensive theological intelligence. It is a worthy successor to his earlier magisterial studies, laying out again very plainly the ways in which the faith of the New Testament is focused on God’s purpose to re-create, through the fact of Jesus crucified and risen, our entire understanding of authority and social identity.” –Rowan Williams, Magdalene College, Cambridge

“Only once in every other generation or so does a project approaching the size, scope, and significance of Paul and the Faithfulness of God appear. Paul’s world, worldview, controlling stories, and theology spring to life through N. T. Wright’s brilliant scholarship and spirited writing. Arguing for narrative and theological coherence in Paul’s thought, Wright seeks to overcome numerous dichotomies that have characterized recent Pauline scholarship. Readers will be richly rewarded and challenged at every turn—even when they do not fully agree. Each chapter reveals something profound about the surprising faithfulness of the God freshly revealed in Jesus the Messiah and conveyed to Paul’s communities, and to us, by the Spirit.” –Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland

“Breath-taking, mind-expanding, ground-breaking, and more—it is easy to run out of adjectives to describe what N. T. Wright has already accomplished in his multi-volume account of New Testament history and theology. This fourth volume in the series is likewise a game-changer, above all for its adventurous presentation of Paul’s ‘mindset’ and theology, so thoroughly contextualized at the confluence of the apostle’s Jewish, Roman, and Greek worlds. This is Wright at his best—part historian, part exegete, part theologian, part pedagogue.” –Joel B. Green, Fuller Theological Seminary, California

“With magisterial vision, energetic scholarship, and lucid illustration, N. T. Wright unveils the mysteries of Paul’s theological imagination. This compellingly argued and absorbing study takes us beyond the bifurcation of salvation and participation that has long pervaded Pauline studies. Combining the passion of Augustine with the ambition of Barth, Wright’s Christian Origins series has inscribed itself into the canon of scripturally soaked theology, where it will remain for generations to come.”
—Sam Wells, Vicar, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, London (formerly Dean, Duke University Chapel)

Also, does the four volume collection really come in a box?

Paula Fredriksen on Paul and Justification by Faith
Kierkegaard on Love without Hypocrisy
Paul Holloway Responds to Michael Bird about N.T. Wright and Sewanee University
Rom 1:3-4 as a Non-Adoptionist Text with Christology of Incarnation and Enthronement
  • Scott Irenaeus Watson

    …and these blurbs from Bishop Tom himself and Prof. David Horrell:

    Professor Wright has said of the work:

    St Paul was highly controversial in his own day, and he remains so, not only for Christians and Jews but in western culture as a whole. In this new two-volume treatment I argue for a particular historical and theological understanding of him. He remains a deeply Jewish thinker, but his vision of the three central Jewish beliefs – one God, one people of God, one future for the world – was reworked around Jesus as the Messiah and around the holy spirit.

    David G. Horrell, Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Exeter writes:

    Tom Wright’s big book on Paul has long been eagerly awaited. And here it is! Massive in every sense of the word, this is a synthetic, scholarly, and comprehensive analysis of Paul, worked out using the key categories outlined in The New Testament and the People of God, showing how Paul, as a Jew in the Roman Empire, reworked the framework of monotheism, election, and eschatology around Jesus and the Spirit. Written with elegance and humour, full of detailed exegesis and engaging with a very wide range of contemporary scholarship, this major achievement will be a landmark in the field of Pauline studies for many years to come.

    http://www.spckpublishing.co.uk/archives/tag/paul-and-the-faithfulness-of-god/


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