At the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference, leading New Testament scholar N. T. Wright and nine other prominent biblical scholars and theologians gathered to consider Wright’s prolific body of work. Compiled from their presentations, this volume includes N. T. Wright’s two main addresses, one on the state of scholarship regarding Jesus and the other on the state of scholarship regarding the apostle Paul. The other nine essays critically interact with these two major themes of Wright’s works.
Much appreciation is shown, overviews are given, perspective is provided, and some pointed questions are also raised. Together these essays represent the best of critical yet charitable dialogue among serious and rigorous scholars on theological themes vital to Christian faith that will propel New Testament scholarship for the next decade to come.
“Paradigm change: ‘Ecclesiology is the new soteriology.’ Wright’s exegetical revolution reframes how we view what Paul says about justification. Whereas for medieval Catholics justification meant ‘to make one righteous’ and for Luther ‘to declare one righteous,’ for Wright it means ‘to declare one a covenant member.’” (Page 245)
“For those inclined to undertake biblical theology through the lens of a narrative theology, Tom’s paradigm grounds such a reading strategy in the historical Jesus himself and thereby provides hard backing, the gold standard of history.” (Pages 101–102)
“‘whenever Paul is talking about justification by faith he is also talking about the coming together of Jews and Gentiles into the single people of God.’” (Page 245)
“Wright’s charge that Reformation theology has bowed the knee to tradition rather than Scripture on this issue” (Page 235)
“By and large the perceived problem with Wright’s position is not what he affirms but what he denies.” (Page 241)
This book propels New Testament scholarship into the next decade.
—Wheaton Alumni Magazine
This is a fabulous, learned, and enjoyable cohort of essays in dialogue with one of the most influential Christian scholars of our time. It celebrates Wright’s work, but he does not receive a free run on any subject either. It is well worth reading for those interested in the interface between biblical studies and systematic theology.
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
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Nicholas Perrin holds the Franklin S. Dyrness Chair of Biblical Studies at the Wheaton College Graduate School. Between 2000 and 2003, he was research assistant for N. T. Wright.
Richard B. Hays is dean of the Divinity School and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.