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Exile: A Conversation with N. T. Wright Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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"N. T. Wright's thesis that most Second Temple Jews believed that they were in a protracted state of punitive exile, despite the fact that many Judeans had returned to the land from Babylon, is one of the most exciting and controversial proposals in biblical scholarship. In this volume, James Scott has assembled a wonderful cast of scholars to prod, evaluate, critique, and engage Wright's thesis about exile in biblical theology, Jewish literature, and as a theological idea in the New Testament. It's the best exploration to date of what it meant for the Jewish people, including the early church, to look forward to the day when 'many will come from the east and west to recline in the company of Abraham.'" (Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia)
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James M. Scott (DTheol, University of Tübingen) is professor of religious studies at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of Paul and the Nations and Adoption as Sons of God, and is a recognized expert on the topic of exile and restoration in Jewish and Christian perspectives.
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“Exile” launches with a lead article by Wright that carefully reiterates the theme of exile that he has mapped out in numerous works through the decades. Many of the premises will be familiar to long-time readers of Wright. He takes in hand to show how “exile” was a major paradigmatic outlook leading up to the arrival of Jesus, and a backdrop to Paul. He displays once more how from within this framework Jesus redefined “who Israel is, what the land and Torah are, and where the temple really is” (48). Then he turns to Paul, and the way the cross has rewritten the meaning and aim of creation and new creation, Israel, Torah, and humanity. Finally, Wright revisits the intention of God’s salvific work; “In the New Testament the rescue of human beings from sin and death, which remains vital throughout, serves a much larger purpose, namely that of God’s restorative justice for the whole creation” (79).
Eleven scholars then converse with Wright about “exile,” some highly supportive and others fairly critical. The first set of responses cover the Old Testament of both the Hebrew texts and the Greek Septuagint. Walter Brueggemann chimes in immediately taking Wright to task for forcing the notion of continuing exile onto the cognitive environment of the Second Temple period. Robert J.V. Herbert delves deeply into the Septuagint’s interpretation of Hebrew to exhibit by what means the translators’ “perception of themselves as living in a state of continuing exile” (116-7) come forth in their translation. Jörn Kiefer concludes the first section by positing that in the Hebrew Scriptures “exile and diaspora are not necessarily and primarily a story of gloom and doom” (124).
The second part looks into early Judaism. Philip Alexander wonders if modern Zionism hasn’t influenced some Christian scholarship, and then moves on to build the case that Jewish Nationalism was a potent force in the centuries leading up to Jesus, a nationalism that was an “unshakeable belief that the Jewish people had a divine destiny to live in freedom in their own land, worshipping their own God” (154). Next, Robert Krugler examines the community that surrounded the Dead Sea Scrolls and concludes that the Scrolls show “that notions of God predetermining the moment of history’s conclusion and active participation in that can be made to live together, even if the fit might seem a bit uncomfortable to the modern reader” (182). Lastly, Dorothy M. Peters returns to the Dead Sea Scrolls, and claims that the Essenes “had the same hope as did most Second Temple Jews, that exile would end and that they would be restored to a purified land,” and of all the possible means of ending the exile, Jesus’ movement “of loving their enemies, blessing those who cursed them, or a dying, suffering servant Messiah” was not in their game book (197).
The flow of “Exile” continues on to examine the New Testament. To keep Jesus from being reduced to a means of individual redemption, Scott McKnight proposes a new way to hear the biblical story that “tells a christological narrative that generates salvation for those who enter into that christological narrative” (207). Warmly embracing Wright’s model, S.A. Cummins finds that Paul “acknowledges above all the transcendent and unfolding providence of a gracious God, and the complete contingency of creation and humanity” that sees the exile as “fully overcome and restoration finally realized within the eschatological outworking of the economy of God” (236). Timo Eskola criticizes Wright for finding too much continuity between the Hebrew Scriptures and Paul, and that the apostle should be heard as a preacher of discontinuity and covenant language should not be used in interpreting Paul.
Finally, Systematic Theology sits down with Wright, and gives him a two-fold lecture. To begin with, Hans Boersma thinks that Wright has wondered too far from his Western-Platonic roots, and speculates that “Wright is much more susceptible to the charge of deism than is the orthodox Western tradition” (270). The last participant in the conversation, Ephraim Radner, labors hard to set up a figural reading of Scripture’s narrative that becomes a general tale existentially imbedded in an individual’s life-story. Of all the chapters, these last two are the spiciest.
N.T. Wright has the concluding word in “Exile,” answering each of the conversation-partners. To hear Wright interacting with each author adds clarity to the whole project. Wright closes by voicing some disappointment; “Rather to my surprise, I have found myself defending two of the Reformers’ principle watchwords: solus Christus on the one hand, sola Scriptura on the other” (332).
“Exile” is helpful at different levels. Not only is it good to read Wright’s concise reassertion of his thesis; but it is beneficial to listen in as others tangle with the whole program. The book is obviously not a love-in. There are disagreements, challenges, affirmations and deliberations. Sometimes it’s a genuine conversation, at other times writers are telling and tattling. I’m grateful to James M. Scott for orchestrating the material, and gladly recommend it to any and all who desire to better comprehend one aspect of N.T. Wright’s theme.
Thanks to IVP Academic for providing, upon my request, the free copy of the book used for this review. The assessments are mine given without restrictions or requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255).