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 his masterly survey, Wright asks searching questions of all of the major contributors to Pauline studies since the Enlightenment.
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“This was the picture that dominated German scholarship in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: (a) a focus on ‘religion’ as the primary category; (b) a sharp distinction between ‘Judaism’ and ‘Hellenism’, with Paul as the pioneer of ‘gentile Christianity’; (c) the centrality to Paul of ‘justification’, in Baur’s sense of a new spiritual experience. Sanders, Martyn and Meeks do not often refer to Baur, but his picture is the one they are ultimately rejecting.” (Pages 15–16)
“There are Beker’s two main themes in a nutshell. First, Paul’s central and coherent theme was ‘the triumph of God’, that is, the divine victory over the powers of evil. This victory, won on the cross, resulted in the new creation which, launched in the resurrection, is to be completed in the final triumph, which is yet to come. Second, Beker proposed that in Paul we find a rich mixture of this coherent overall theme and of the varied expressions called forth by the ‘contingent’ situations to which his letters were addressed.” (Pages 135–136)
“The ‘apocalyptic triumph’ in which God wins the victory over the forces of evil, highlighting the ‘cosmic’ dimensions of Paul’s gospel rather than focusing on the ‘individual’ meaning, has become, in many circles, the new orthodoxy.” (Page 136)
“A vital part of this task, one which would prove fateful a century after Baur’s day in social and political life (ironically!) as well as in theology and exegesis, was his insistence that it was essential to break Christianity off from its Jewish roots.” (Page 13)
“First, Dunn accepts a good deal of Sanders’s case about Judaism, but insists that Sanders has still not read Paul in the right way.” (Page 90)
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, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
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