- Series: The New Testament for Everyone
- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 2 edition (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 066422783X
- ISBN-13: 978-0664227838
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
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"Wright has accomplished a feat in this series. All the time, I tell Bible readers, 'Begin here!'" --Scot McKnight, North Park University
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"A rare event: a commentary that is learned without being stuffy, accessible without being reductionist. Tom Wright joins us in our homes and workplaces, our sanctuaries and classrooms, in genial, prayerful conversation over this text that forms our lives, the New Testament scriptures." Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message
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Still very worthwhile read that raises excellent questions such as: "How can we learn again what it means to live in a rhythm of work and rest, and to help one another in our wider society to do the same, without becoming legalists in the process?
There are also statements to would be provocative to the pious: "Jesus went up into the hills for the same reason that others did at the time: to shape his followers into a truly revolutionary group, and to do so away from the prying eyes of the authorities.
This would be an excellent book to use in a group to dig deeper into what is being trusted in life. Of particular benefit here is the author's own translation of Mark that can be fruitfully compared with standard translations. The author's comments will keep a group on their toes as they engage the Gospel in light of their own experience.
Wright gets Paul and this work on 2 Corinthians is proof of it. There is much here to commend, but let me just talk about on insightful aspect of this book In 2 Corinthians 4:13 Paul quotes from Psalm 116:10 a simple little line of "I believe and therefore I spoke." Wright sees behind this quote a text that Paul had personally been ministered to from. It is this Psalm that carried him though when he felt in chapter 1 that he had the death sentence passed upon him. Wright takes the time to quote the entire Psalm and show briefly how Paul worked it in. The only problem with the Everyone Commentary series is that they leave you wanting Wright to explore even deeper with you the ramification of something like this in Paul.
This commentary is a brief read that will leave you with a greater grasp on the life of Paul and on 2 Corinthians.
Reading it, it is easy to hear Tom Wright's baritone voice in his adept prose; he is so effortless to read that it is easy to overlook how good a writer he in fact is. The medium is properly transparent and subordinate to the message.
This series reminds me of the one authored years ago by William Barclay; each author has his own strengths and appeal and both could be read with profit by the Christian wishing to better understand the New Testament. If I had to recommend just one, it would be Wright, without question. But that would be to ignore the often top-notch pastoral sermon aspects - albeit old-fashioned- of Barclay's writings.
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