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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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"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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I found JPPG helpful because I was seeking other interpreters' thoughts on the voluminous work of Wright. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jesus, Paul, and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright brings together the proceedings from the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference, in which a group of scholars... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer Guo
Another critical review of NT Wright's New Testament views. Covers both historical Jesus writing as well as writing on Paul. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I listened to the entire conference and enjoyed it, and this book is basically the written form of the conference. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Grant Marshall
Both the critiques of Wright's work and his responses provide great insight into the work and thought of this man. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Richard Robinett
N.T. Wright is, by far, one of the most "tuned-in" theologians out there, right now. I enjoy everything I've read from him. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Andy Whitten
For someone like myself coming from a Reformed outlook on Christian theology, Kevin Vanhoozer's essay is worth the price of the book. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Nate Claiborne
Previously I have called attention to the commotion generated by N. T. (Tom) Wright, prominent contemporary Anglican New Testament scholar and erstwhile churchman, in certain... Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Crazy Horse
Jesus, Paul and the People of God, A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright, is the collected essays as presented at the 2010 Wheaton College Theological Conference with reactions... Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Joel L. Watts