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Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright Paperback – March 9, 2011
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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
"Both scholars and ministerial practitioners will benefit from this guide to Wright's work. The dialogue between Wright and his critics results in the clarification of numerous questions that he has raised in the last two decades. Wright's integration of exegesis, theology, and the practical concerns in the life of the church also provides the basis for continuing dialogue." (James W. Thompson, Restoration Quarterly, 55:4 (2013))
"This is a fabulous, learned, and enjoyable cohort of essays in dialogue with one of the most influential Christian scholars of our time. It celebrates Wright's work, but he does not receive a free run on any subject either. It is well worth reading for those interested in the interface between biblical studies and systematic theology." (Michael F. Bird, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, December 2011)
"This book propels New Testament scholarship into the next decade." (Wheaton Alumni Magazine, Autumn 2011)
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I will be doing a slow read and probably repeated readings of this book simply because I too have a great respect for the man and his special contribution to the universal Christian church in the third millennium. But this book alone, without some prior understanding of both Wright's essential context (the historical Jesus controversy in England) and his detractors (especially the Reformed camp who view him as antagonistic to the doctrine of justification by faith alone) would make little sense and be of limited benefit to the casual reader.
Those who understand Wright's integrity as a Biblical scholar will also know that he is not reinventing any major doctrine but rather building on a great heritage of studies that focus on the great narrative itself and the church's need to constantly seek to align herself with that revelation rather than trying to adapt the revelation to some later historical and cultural context. I see him in direct line with a host of others of the twentieth century that sought to give the modern church a more Biblical theology to balance the systematic ones so much in prominence in the western churches.
I personally have gained an enormous insight into Jesus' own Jewish context and message to validate my previous understanding of Paul from a life long study in the field of missiology and the convictions of some great missionary statesmen.
There is almost nothing new in it apart from a short reply to each essay from N.T. Wright. While that may be helpful, the more I read the book the more I realised that the only essays that had almost any value were those of Wright's and Kevin J. Van Hoozers who presented some interesting ideas to do with justification and adoption. Walsh & Keesmats essay on the servants given talents presented an interesting perspective but ultimately was unjustified by the text. Markus Bockmuehl's essay was the worst. It was a caricature of Wright's position, and did little to advance civilised discussion. Both Wright's essays are majestically written and insightful summations of his research, and the current state of Jesus and Paul scholarship. I really enjoyed them.
For those who have listened to the conference, save your money and just listen to the conference.