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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (February 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083083897X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838974
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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N. T. Wright, a former Anglican bishop and a prolific writer about Jesus, Paul, and the New Testament, receives an up-close analysis in this compilation of essays originally presented at the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference on his works. The book begins with an incisive introduction that compares and contrasts Wright's theology and writings with those of one of the first seekers of the historical Jesus, Albert Schweitzer. The book is then divided into two sections, "Jesus and the People of God" and "Paul and the People of God." In each section, essayists discuss various points Wright makes (or doesn't make) in his own writings, e.g., the absence of John's gospel in Wright's Jesus and the Victory of God. Wright then has a chance to respond to the critiques individually and in longer overviews of his own work. Does this get wonkish at times? A little. But Wright, whose writings on religious history and theology cover such a broad spectrum, is a prime choice for this type of coverage. For larger religion collections. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

N. T. Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over forty books, including Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, Virtue Reborn and Jesus and the Victory of God. Nicholas Perrin is Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, Illinois. He is the author of The Gospel of Thomas, and Jesus the Temple. Richard B. Hays is Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is internationally recognised for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A great, valuable tool from great, valuable scholars!
Jeremy Bouma
The State of the Union with Christ in St. Paul and Protestant Soteriology Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Wheaton College Graduate School * N.T. Wright's Response 10.
David D. Flowers
You will finish reading these essays with a better appreciation for Bible study.
MasterAP

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Jesus, Paul and the People of God publishes the papers presented at the nineteenth annual Wheaton Theology Conference, hosted by Wheaton College on April 16-17, 2010. It doubles as a Festschrift of sorts for N. T. "Tom" Wright, whose books--whether academic or popular--alternatively influence and infuriate their readers, especially their evangelical readers. Its authors, though sometimes critical of Wright's theology, are also personal friends.

The book, like the conference, examined Wright's theology of Jesus (Part One) and his theology of Paul (Part Two). Following each chapter, Wright offers a short response to the author of the chapter. At the end of each part, Wright outlines the evolution to date of his thinking, using a "whence and whither" formula. The book includes a "Subject Index" and a "Scripture Index," both of which are helpful for academic readers. A select bibliography of Wright's books and articles would have been helpful, but it is not included.

For me, Wright's two "whence and whither" essays were worth the price of the book. Wright is a prolific author. His three-volume series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, contains 2,016 pages of densely argued prose. The "whence and whither" essays helped me understand the gist of Wright's portrait of Jesus, how he reached his conclusions, and how those conclusions apply to the life of the church today.

Of the other essays, two stood out to me in particular: "`Outside of a Small Circle of Friends': Jesus and the Justice of God" by Sylvia C. Keesmaat and Brian J. Walsh and "Wrighting the Wrongs of the Reformation? The State of the Union with Christ in St.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MasterAP on March 7, 2011
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I love to read anything dealing with N.T. Wright. At the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference, 9 scholars & theologians got together to discuss and critique N.T. Wright's work.

This book is a collection of their essays in reflection on Wright's writings. It also includes Wright's response to each essay and two of his own.

This book is broken down into 2 parts.

Part 1 is Jesus and the People of God. This section deals mainly with Wright's book, Jesus and the Victory of God. You'll read 4 essays dealing with how people responded to that resource. The first part finishes with Wright's own essay, "Whence and Whither Historical Jesus Studies in the Life of the Church?"

Part 2 is Paul and the People of God. This section deals with what Wright had to say about Paul, justification and eschatology. Four more essays are in this section with Wright closing out the book with "Whence and Whither Pauline Studies in the Life of the Church?"

If you enjoy deep discussions on biblical study and scholarly debate, this book will be exactly what you're looking for.

I found it funny that each participant would rain down the praises on N.T. Wright before getting to the point of their essay which would be a major critique of his writing and theology.

Like most N.T. Wright stuff, you may find yourself getting lost along the way, but continue through. You will finish reading these essays with a better appreciation for Bible study.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by IVP Publishing.
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Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright serves as a valuable reminder that we all have our limitations. In appraising Wright on justification, Kevin Vanhoozer offers this concluding thought, "No single voice can speak the whole truth. If no one Evangelist could say everything that needed to be said about Jesus Christ, then it should come as no surprise that no one New Testament scholar can do so either. Yes, Scripture is the supreme authority for the church's life and thought. But Wright is not the first to attend to its meaning. No one person, even one with Wright's energy and prodigious intellectual gifts, can work a paradigm revolution single-handedly. He needs to win not more battles, but more allies."

As much as I applaud N. T. Wright, I must remember that not even he can be right on every detail. When I become enamored by some teaching, I might be tempted to think that it is all I need. May I ever be mindful that the whole counsel of God often comes through a multitude of counselors. What I receive needs to be informed and supplemented by those who might see different facets of the same truth or offer needed correctives.

This book brings together nine biblical scholars who not only admire N. T. Wright, but as faithful stewards of their own gifts, assess his theology for the benefit of Wright and the whole church. Wright was one of the participants at the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference, which was the setting for the dialogue that serves as the basis for this book.

Wright gives brief responses to each essay and also contributes two substantial essays on the state of historical Jesus and Pauline studies. The book is worth having just for these two individual essays.
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