Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision

Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision

by N. T. Wright


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ISBN-13: 9780830851393
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Edition description: New
Pages: 279
Sales rank: 334,781
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A prolific writer of both scholarly and popular books, N. T. Wright has written over thirty books, including Simply Christian, The Original Jesus, What Saint Paul Really Said, The Challenge of Jesus, The Meaning of Jesus, Jesus and the Victory of God and the magisterial Paul and the Faithfulness of God. His N. T. Wright For Everyone Series includes commentaries covering the entire New Testament.

Formerly bishop of Durham in England, Wright is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Gregorian University in Rome and many other institutions around the world.

In addition to his many books, Wright reaches a broad audience through his frequent media appearances. A sought-after commentator, Wright writes frequently for newspapers in England, including the Times, the Independent and the Guardian. He has been interviewed numerous times by radio and television broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, including ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

Table of Contents

Introduction to This Edition
AbbreviationsPart I: Introduction
1. What's All This About, and Why Does It Matter?
2. Rules of Engagement
3. First-Century Judaism: Covenant, Law and Lawcourt
4. Justification: Definitions and PuzzlesPart II: Exegesis
5. Galatians
6. Interlude: Philippians, Corinthians, Ephesians
7. Romans
8. Conclusion
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A scholarly work, based on fact and not feeling. This book challenges us to throw down preconceived notions and look for actual meaning. Highly recommended.
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was an advance treat. I've already read and thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in Wright's Christian Origins and the Question of God series: 1. The New Testament and the People of God 2. Jesus and the Victory of God 3. The Resurrection of the Son of GodThe proposed fourth book deals primarily with Paul. While waiting for it to be written, this gem arrived. Thank you to Dr. Piper for necessitating Wright's interim volume. (In case you are unaware, Justification is Wright's answer to Piper's The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright.)Along with Sanders and Dunn, Wright forms the trinity of lead thinkers on the New Perspective on Paul. Interestingly, though, Wright doesn't ask everyone to board the New Perspective bandwagon¿instead he calls for a synthesis of views that puts everything in its proper perspective.For Wright, the old view of justification had a lot of valuable components, but missed the main point of the story: God's plan to rescue the world through Israel. Traditional justification proponents largely treat talk of covenant in Genesis 15 and Deuteronomy 30 in Paul as illustrative. Wright reads them as essential to the argument.In Justification, Wright pleads with his detractors to join the heliocentric revolution: If you see God's plan to rescue the world through Israel (i.e. covenant) as the sun then every other theme falls into place. All the puzzle pieces can be accounted for. Long arguments make logical sense.Wright's tone is sharp at points, and the commanding metaphor of the earth revolving around the sun is almost insulting. However, with something this fundamental at stake along with a published critique by Piper, it was time for action.This is Wright at his best. Read it.
aevaughn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a thought-provoking book. Although, I must say that I haven't read Piper's book that this book is in response to, therefore I missed out on a portion of the counter-arguments presented by Piper. It brings some very interesting issues related to exactly what justification and righteousness are. I hope some of this issues are fleshed out further in his book on Paul coming out in the next year or so. This book appears to be well thought out and his approach to Scripture is particularly thorough while being aware of Christian traditions with regard to the subject and passages under discussion. In the future, I believe I will need to revisit this book and look at the passages involved more closely. Luckily though this book while it did rely on a variety of passages, it largely relied on the flow of the argument and themes of the Pauline works being studied in the exegesis portion of the work. As a final note, though I did find his notes directed towards Piper especially in the first chapter or so, somewhat annoying, but these have little to do with the actual argument being made. These have little to do with the actual ideas being presented however.
theedge77 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was my first dive into the recent debates on Justification. This particular book was a response to a book put out by John Piper. While it was a dense read (for me, anyway) at times... I found Wright's wit and humor to be engaging... and his chapters on actual scriptural exegesis were fascinating to trace through. This probably isn't a book for everyone... but for those particularly interested in Pauline theology... you may want to check it out. I thought it was fantastic!
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Didn't agree with all of it, but overall a very strong case for rethinking imputed righteousness and a fuller understanding of justification. Very engaging writing style. I found myself enjoying it even when I didn't understand what he was talking about!
Michael3168 More than 1 year ago
You need to be prepared to wade through some technical stuff if you are a lay person.
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jim72FL More than 1 year ago
Dr. Wright is especially thorough in pointing out scriptures that must be read in the context of salvation even when we don't want to act out what they instruct us to do.
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It seems this book was written for one purpost-to get back at John Piper for publicly disagreeing with him. He constantly brings his name up and debases his interpretation of Justification. It is also very redundant-he uses the same phrases and "buzz words" for each section of scripture he analyzes. I realize he is trying to support his exegesis with multiple references, but it's a little overkill.