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Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013 Paperback – November 1, 2013
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Here he is, sighing over the "new dominance, in biblical studies...of North America" (p 475), from places like Princeton which coughed up Bart Ehrman. These Americans have "the implicit claim to scholarly high ground from the supposedly 'objective' research in 'departments of religion" (p 475).
Since the essays vary so much in time, they cover many different subjects. Starting in 1978. a number of the earlier essays deal with the tropic of justification. By 1995 Wright tackles E P Sanders, who suggested that Paul "took the normal Jewish expectation and reversed it...What this reading ignores is that, for Paul, the restoration of Israel had already happened in the resurrection of Jesus" (p 120) .
Vast new evidence has been found especially the Dead Sea Scrolls, that have altered the trajectory of biblical studies since the time of Bultmann.
Some of the new evidence is very thought provoking. Second Temple Jews believed the Shekinah glory that dwelt in Solomon's Temple departed with the destruction of that temple. Wright points out that "nowhere are we told that the Lord and his glory have at last returned" (p 382) in the documents of Second Temple Judaism, even though a second Temple has been built. Yet many of the new documents suggest they expect the glory to return.
Where Wright finds mention of this 'glory of God' is in the epistles of Paul. It will be a double fulfillment for Paul. First,"God's own glory would return to dwell in the Temple...second, the fulfillment...Read more ›
The main problem with NT is his forays into modern Theocracy - aside from the obvious examples, Justice is in the eye of the beholder, with the recruitment of a god to support your point of view (Islamic State?).
The current joke is: " N T Wright - Not quite Right" - but for me Almost Right or Right Enough.
I'm only 4 chapters into this work and it is very rewarding. Chapter 4 (pages 52-67) is a critique of Ernest Kasemann's commentary of Romans. N.T. Wright is evaluating Kasemann's commentary as published through Themelios 7 (1982) 6-16 which was reprinted with permission. Here's the link http://thegospelcoalition.org/themelios/
He is respectful in his analysis of this commentary quote- "Because Kasemann remains, by conviction, an exegete first and foremost, one who has struggled long and hard to think Paul's thoughts after him, his work remains fascinating, powerful and dramatic..."
There are also subheadings within this chapter-The Background: Apocalyptic, The Righteousness of God, Christology, The Spirit and the Letter, The Coherence of Romans, Questions and Problems, Conclusion.
N.T. Wright in his Conclusion states the following: "I have indicated that I disagree with many of his detailed solutions; but he has posed the question the right way-by seeing Paul against the background of Jewish apocalyptic thought, and by placing the cross, and the revelation of God's righteousness, at the centre-seems to me now beyond dispute."
I will post further chapter review(s) in the near future.
This will be my second and final review of this volume.
In the first review I neglected to say that this volume (as most probably already know) Pauline Perspectives is a companion volume to Paul and the Faithfulness of God.
This review includes preface and Chapter highlights.Read more ›
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Good book involving different insights into Pauline studies.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Anyone interested in recent Pauline scholarship should have this book close to hand. Whether or not you agree with the New Perspective, this is both an excellent introduction to it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. R. Schinnerer
Wright has an insightful and incisive take on Paul and how Paul's worldview flows through his writings. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael J.
I've read many of N.T. Wright's books & I'm a big fan - of both his popular & scholarly works. I highly recommend Paul and the Faithfulness of God, its not hard to read, but its... Read morePublished 14 months ago by BibleBrain
wonderful book on understanding the writings of Paul. NT Wright is a gifted writer.Published on July 24, 2014 by murray sullivan