Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Two Book Set [NOOK Book]

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This highly anticipated two-book fourth volume in N. T. Wright’s magisterial series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, is destined to become the standard reference point on the subject for all serious students of the Bible and theology. The mature summation of a lifetime’s study, this landmark book pays a rich tribute to the breadth and depth of the apostle’s vision, and offers an unparalleled wealth of detailed insights into his life, times, and enduring impact.

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Overview

This highly anticipated two-book fourth volume in N. T. Wright’s magisterial series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, is destined to become the standard reference point on the subject for all serious students of the Bible and theology. The mature summation of a lifetime’s study, this landmark book pays a rich tribute to the breadth and depth of the apostle’s vision, and offers an unparalleled wealth of detailed insights into his life, times, and enduring impact.

Wright carefully explores the whole context of Paul’s thought and activity—Jewish, Greek and Roman, cultural, philosophical, religious, and imperial—and shows how the apostle’s worldview and theology enabled him to engage with the many-sided complexities of first-century life that his churches were facing. Wright also provides close and illuminating readings of the letters and other primary sources, along with critical insights into the major twists and turns of exegetical and theological debate in the vast secondary literature. The result is a rounded and profoundly compelling account of the man who became the world’s first, and greatest, Christian theologian.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2014
Wright (New Testament and Early Christianity, Univ. of St. Andrews; The Resurrection of the Son of God), one of the world's foremost New Testament scholars, argues that we can best understand the Apostle Paul through careful analysis of his worldview. To this end the former Anglican Bishop of Durham presents a massive scholarly treatise in four parts. Part 1 explores Paul in the context of first-century Judaism, Greek philosophy, religion and culture, and the Roman Empire. Part 2 develops Wright's view of how a second temple Pharisee such as Paul would have perceived this environment. The massive Part 3 elucidates the theology Paul invented out of core Jewish beliefs about God, beliefs that he revised to incorporate a Messiah who had been crucified and raised from the dead. Paul's new theology sustained a community of believers in a way that neither temple Judaism nor paganism had found necessary. With the tools properly in place, in Part 4 Wright returns to Paul now in the contexts of Rome. Ultimately, Wright's Paul is a Jewish thinker who believed God had fulfilled his promises (thus the "faithfulness" of the title) and that the new Jewish vocation was to bear salvation to the rest of the world. VERDICT Required reading for New Testament scholars and recommended for serious, diligent students armed with deep familiarity with the literature.—James R. Kuhlman, Kentucky Wesleyan Coll., Owensboro
Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
According to acclaimed New Testament scholar Wright (The Resurrection of the Son of God), most works on Paul focus on his ideas of salvation and justification as the centerpiece of Pauline theology. In this magisterial study, the former bishop of Durham passionately challenges those readings of Paul by exploring the ways that Paul’s theology develops out of, and in conversation with, the competing cultural, philosophical, and religious views of his day. In Parts I and II of his provocative book, Wright painstakingly examines the Jewish, Greek, and Roman contexts in which Paul struggled to develop his thought; in Parts III and IV, Wright closely reads Paul’s letters to illustrate how Paul’s theology evolved in response to these influences. Out of this engagement with his world, Paul develops three categories central to his theology: “monotheism, election, and eschatology: one God, one people of God, one future for God’s world.” Wright concludes: “Paul was doing theology because the life of God’s people depended on it, depended on his doing it initially for them, then as soon as possible with them, and then on their being able to go on doing it for themselves. All Paul’s theology is thus pastoral theology.” (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451452341
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Series: Christian Origins and the Question of God
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1700
  • Sales rank: 353,648
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews and is a regular broadcaster on radio and television. He is the author of over sixty books, including The New Testament and the People of God (1992), Jesus and the Victory of God (1996), The Resurrection of the Son of God (2003), Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2013), and Paul and His Recent Interpreters (2013), all published by Fortress Press.
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