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N. T. Wright

N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. The author of over seventy books ranging from scholarly studies to books for a more popular audience, Wright’s audiences range from viewers of ABC News and The Colbert Report to attendees of various scholarly and ministry conferences, such as the Society of Biblical Literature and Duke Divinity School Pastor’s Conference, and numerous other speaking and teaching engagements.

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Paul and His Recent Interpreters

Paul and His Recent Interpreters
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404pp
ISBN: 9780800699642
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This companion volume to N. T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God and Pauline Perspectives is essential reading for all with a serious interest in Paul, the interpretation of his letters, his appropriation by subsequent thinkers, and his continuing significance today. In the course of this masterly survey, Wright asks searching questions of the major contributors to Pauline studies in the last fifty years.

The New Testament and the People of God: Volume 1
The New Testament and the People of God: Volume 1

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510pp
ISBN: 9780800626815
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Jesus and the Victory of God
Jesus and the Victory of God: Volume 2

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770pp
ISBN: 9780800626822
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The Resurrection of the Son of God
The Resurrection of the Son of God: Volume 3

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848pp
ISBN: 9780800626792
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Paul and the Faithfulness of God
Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Volume 4

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1,696pp
ISBN: 9780800626839
$89
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Pauline Perspectives
Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013

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640pp
ISBN: 9780800699635
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Paul: In Fresh Perspective
Paul: In Fresh Perspective

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208pp
ISBN: 9780800663575
$29

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Endorsements

A worthy successor to his earlier magisterial studies. . .

Praise for Paul and the Faithfulness of God:

"N. T. Wright’s long-awaited full-length study of St. Paul will not in any way disappoint. From the very first sentence, it holds the attention, arguing a strong, persuasive, coherent, and fresh case supported by immense scholarship and comprehensive theological intelligence. It is a worthy successor to his earlier magisterial studies, laying out again very plainly the ways in which the faith of the New Testament is focused on God’s purpose to re-create, through the fact of Jesus crucified and risen, our entire understanding of authority and social identity."

—Rowan Williams │ Magdalene College, Cambridge

Magisterial vision, energetic scholarship, and lucid illustration. . .

Praise for Paul and the Faithfulness of God:

"With magisterial vision, energetic scholarship, and lucid illustration, N. T. Wright unveils the mysteries of Paul's theological imagination. This compellingly argued and absorbing study takes us beyond the bifurcation of salvation and participation that has long pervaded Pauline studies. Combining the passion of Augustine with the ambition of Barth, Wright's Christian Origins series has inscribed itself into the canon of scripturally soaked theology, where it will remain for generations to come."

—Sam Wells │ Vicar, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Only once in every other generation or so does a project approaching the size, scope, and significance of Paul and the Faithfulness of God appear. . .

Praise for Paul and the Faithfulness of God:

"Only once in every other generation or so does a project approaching the size, scope, and significance of Paul and the Faithfulness of God appear. Paul’s world, worldview, controlling stories, and theology spring to life through N. T. Wright’s brilliant scholarship and spirited writing. Arguing for narrative and theological coherence in Paul’s thought, Wright seeks to overcome numerous dichotomies that have characterized recent Pauline scholarship. Readers will be richly rewarded and challenged at every turn—even when they do not fully agree. Each chapter reveals something profound about the surprising faithfulness of the God freshly revealed in Jesus the Messiah and conveyed to Paul’s communities, and to us, by the Spirit."

—Michael J. Gorman │ St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland

Wright at his best—part historian, part exegete, part theologian, part pedagogue. . .

Praise for Paul and the Faithfulness of God:

"Breath-taking, mind-expanding, ground-breaking, and more—it is easy to run out of adjectives to describe what N. T. Wright has already accomplished in his multi-volume account of New Testament history and theology. This fourth volume in the series is likewise a game-changer, above all for its adventurous presentation of Paul's 'mindset' and theology, so thoroughly contextualized at the confluence of the apostle's Jewish, Roman, and Greek worlds. This is Wright at his best—part historian, part exegete, part theologian, part pedagogue."

—Joel B. Green │ Fuller Theological Seminary, California

Gathers into one convenient place the multitudinous essays and lectures on Paul. . .

Praise for Pauline Perspectives:

"Pauline Perspectives gathers into one convenient place the multitudinous essays and lectures on Paul and his thought world that have come forth from the prolific pen of N. T. Wright during the course of the last 35 years. Here you can see the development of seminal ideas, major themes, and the relentless pursuit of understanding important trajectories in Paul's thought, ranging from justification to the righteousness of God to atonement to much more. Reading a book like this is like going to a great feast put on by a master chef and discovering there were no ephemeral starters but all meat, and none of it half-baked either, but well worth chewing over and always nourishing. Bon appetit!"

—Ben Witherington III │ Asbury Theological Seminary

The sweep of Wright's project as a whole is breathtaking. . .

Praise for the Christian Origins and the Question of God series:

"The sweep of Wright's project as a whole is breathtaking. It is impossible to give a fair assessment of his achievement without sounding grandiose: no New Testament scholar since Bultmann has even attempted let alone achieved such an innovative and comprehensive account of New Testament history and theology."

—Richard B. Hays │ Duke Divinity School

Deserves a place of privilege on the bookshelf of any serious student. . .

Praise for the Christian Origins and the Question of God series:

"Eminently accessible to students, scholars will find it interesting and provocative. It deserves a place of privilege on the bookshelf of any serious student of the New Testament."

—Jack Dean Kingsbury │ Union Presbyterian Seminary

Videos

N. T. Wright talks about Paul and the Faithfulness of God with Dr. Michael Bird, Ridley Melbourne.



This is your magnum opus. What is your main contribution to Pauline studies in this book?



How does Paul and the Faithfulness of God open up new conversations in Pauline studies?



You begin with Philemon. What is the deal with that?



Where is the “justification by faith”? The “meat and potatoes” of the project?

 


Here are three 30-minute videos that will allow you to bring N. T. Wright directly to the students in your classroom. To assist your students, each video is accompanied by a discussion guide.

A conversation about preaching with Ronald J. Allen



In this video Dr. Wright talks with Ronald J. Allen about this new book and the task and challenge of preaching Pauline texts.
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A conversation with Michael J. Gorman



In this video Dr. Wright talks with Michael J. Gorman about this new book and the task and challenge of interpreting Paul, then and now.
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A conversation on justification and Spirit in Galatians 2 and Romans 8 with Richard B. Hays



In this video three distinguished Paul scholars talk about this new book and the task and challenge of understanding what Paul has to say about justification and Spirit in Galatians 2 and Romans 8.
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Publicity and media

Q&A with N. T. Wright

Q: Congratulations on the publication of Paul and the Faithfulness of God. It is truly not an exaggeration to say it has been “much anticipated.” What are your hopes for this finished product?

A: My main hope is that the book will remake the way the next generation tackles the big questions about Paul: about the framework of his thought; about his social, cultural and historical context; about the central emphases of his work and its central foundations. This reframes all the major topics—Christology, salvation, justification and the law, eschatology and so on. In particular, I hope that this historical and theological study of Paul will give people the bigger picture (including philosophy, politics, 'religion' and 'worldview') within which not only Paul but the whole of early Christianity can be understood and freshly evaluated. Naturally, I hope that this will refresh both the church's reading and preaching of Paul, and the perceptions of Paul in the wider world outside the church.

Q: The main thesis you promote has to do with Paul creating the category we can refer to in shorthand as "Christian theology." Have you had a working definition of "theology" as you penned the Christian Origins and the Question of God studies, and do you feel like it has changed over the years?

A: For me, as for many people, 'theology' used to have a rather dry, abstract sound—arranging ideas in clever patterns but without much linkage to real life. With Paul all that is different. Paul was a man of action, believing that it was his God-given vocation to found and maintain communities loyal to Jesus right across a world owing allegiance to Caesar. But these communities were bound together by no social ties and indeed cut across normal social divisions. How could they be united and holy? Paul's answer was: through prayerful, scriptural meditation on who God actually is, who God's people are, and what God's future is for the world. That is a kind of working definition (though I come at it in the book from several angles). These were essentially Jewish questions, but 'theology' in the new way Paul was doing it was something the Jewish people hadn't needed to do—and something the non-Jewish world (for whom 'theology' was simply a branch of 'physics', the world of 'nature') hadn't needed to do either. This kind of theology is a never-ending exploration—each generation has to do it afresh in its own context, and Paul gives us the tools for that rather than a set of pat 'answers' which mean that people don't thereafter have to think.

Q: What did you find most difficult to leave out of the study?

A: I would love to have explored more the way in which ancient philosophy, politics and religion were intertwined, but chapters 3, 4 and 5 were long enough as it was! This would have given me more chance to explore the way in which Paul's gospel, and the communities he founded, meant what they meant within that combined world—which is very difficult for us to describe because we don't have the right categories to do it all justice—so that I might then have tied it together more tightly in chapters 12, 13 and 14, and also in the conclusion (which remains deliberately teasing and I hope evocative) in chapter 16. I would also love to have been able to work on the economic implications of Paul's gospel and the way that played out in relation to his communities, to the Collection for Jerusalem, and so on. Bruce Longenecker has a great book on this, Remember the Poor. but it came too late for me to factor it in to the whole construction. On other fronts, notably the major theological themes, I think I have covered most of the main bases and discussed most of the main texts.

Q: A glance through your bio shows that you made some big life changes to work on this project. How difficult or easy were those decisions?

A: Those decisions were very difficult. I had not intended, expected or wanted to leave my work as Bishop of Durham, and indeed I still grieve over that. But early in 2010, with the book half written, I realized that I could not continue to work on it at the required level while giving full attention to my complex tasks as bishop, and so I accepted the offer from St Andrews to come and work here.

Q: Your dissertation was on Pauline Theology, especially Romans. How did this affect your work on Paul and the Faithfulness of God? How does this 1981 work relate to the present volume?

A: When I wrote my doctoral dissertation I didn't realize the extent to which I was exploring quite a new way of reading Paul, or the extent to which Romans is significantly different in style and manner from the other letters. That dissertation stands in relation to the present work like an acorn to an oak. It has germinated over thirty years in the soil of much deeper study of second-temple Judaism on the one hand and of many current debates on Paul on the other. Plenty of quite new themes have come in—not least the study of Paul's engagement with philosophy and politics—but some of the central insights remain and are I think enhanced. The heart of the dissertation was my treatment of Romans 9-11, and though I now approach that section in significantly new ways this has in fact considerably strengthened my original argument.

Q: The book's Part II, III and IV open with three related poems by Micheal O'Siadhail. How is the book different for these inclusions?

A: As I say in the Preface, Micheal gave these poems to me before they were published in his remarkable collection called Tongues. They came early enough in the writing for them to provide me with various metaphors and images which I was able to use from time to time throughout the rest of the book. I hope this, and the other poetry to which I allude, gives the whole thing a flavor significantly different to some of the more dry and technical studies on Paul—though there is plenty of technical stuff here for those who want it!

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Reviews

Michael F. Bird review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God on Patheos

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God on The Gospel Coalition

Interview on Religion News Service

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God on The Tablet

Article on Paul and the Faithfulness of God in Credo Magazine

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God in Themelios

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God on "Books at a Glance"

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God on Reformation 21

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God in Christian Century

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God in America

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God on Marginalia by Douglas Campbell

Review of Paul and the Faithfulness of God on Marginalia by Michael Thate

Guest Andy Crouch discusses N. T. Wright and Christianity on Skye Jethani Podcast

Books

N. T. Wright (Author)
Release date: October 1, 2015

In the course of this masterly survey, Wright asks searching questions of all of the major contributors to Pauline studies in the last fifty years.

N. T. Wright (Author)
Release date: November 1, 2013

This companion volume to Paul and the Faithfulness of God and Paul and His Recent Interpreters brings together N. T. Wright's most important articles on Paul and his letters over the last three decades.

N. T. Wright (Author)
Release date: November 1, 2013

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.

N. T. Wright (Author)
Release date: October 28, 2008

Read Fortress Press's interview with N.T. Wright, only on fortressforum.com! The letters of the Apostle Paul changed the world like no others before or...

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N. T. Wright (Author)
Release date: March 17, 2003
Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question - which any historian must face - renowned New Testament...

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October 21, 2015
Don't miss a two-part conversation with author N. T. Wright about his latest book, Paul and His Recent Interpreters, on AuthorTalk Radio!