Monday, March 7, 2011

Jesus, Paul and the People of God edited by Nicholas Perrin & Richard Hays

I love to read anything dealing with N.T. Wright. At the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference, 9 scholars & theologians got together to discuss and critique N.T. Wright's work.

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.
Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by IVP Publishing.

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