This highly anticipated two-part fourth volume in N.T. Wright’s magisterial series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, is destined to become the standard reference point on the subject for all serious students of the Bible and theology. The mature summation of a lifetime’s study, this landmark volume pays a rich tribute to the breadth and depth of the apostle’s vision, and offers an unparalleled wealth of detailed insights into his life, times, and enduring impact.
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. Wright also provides close and illuminating readings of the letters and other primary sources, along with critical insights into the major twists and turns of exegetical and theological debate in the vast secondary literature. The result is a rounded and profoundly compelling account of the man who became the world’s first, and greatest, Christian theologian.
This volume is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in Paul and his continuing relevance for today. Logos Bible Software dramatically improves the value of the collection by enabling you to find what you’re looking for with unparalleled speed and precision. The Logos edition is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred English translation and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.
Don’t forget to check out N.T. Wright’s latest volume in this series, Paul and His Recent Interpreters.
N.T. Wright is the former bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of over 50 books, including the ‘For Everyone’ guides to the New Testament, the highly acclaimed series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, and the best-selling Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, and Virtue Reborn.
“The one God had acted suddenly, shockingly and unexpectedly—just as he had always said he would. And just as, again with hindsight, Paul could see made sense if this God really was righteous in his dealings with the whole world.” (Page 1411)
“Torah had, all along, been the divinely appointed means of tricking ‘sin’, luring it to come and do its worst so that it might be condemned at that point, much as ‘the rulers of this age’ had been tricked into crucifying the lord of glory and so signing their own death-warrants.” (Page 899)
“And those messianic events, as far as Paul was concerned, meant the same thing for Peter and Barnabas and the ‘certain persons’ who ‘came from James’ (2:12), if only they would realize it. Paul was not projecting his own ‘experience’. He was unpacking the meaning of the messianic events.” (Page 1425)
“What happened to Paul, personally and convulsively, was what through the Messiah’s death and resurrection had happened to the world as a whole, as he says in Galatians 6:14, and more specifically to Israel as a whole, resulting in the mission to the nations. God’s Israel-purpose was fulfilled, and was transformed in fulfilment. Paul believed that this transformation, and this fulfilment, had been effected in him and was being effected through him. And all this happened through the revelation of Jesus on the road to Damascus.” (Page 1426)
“This theme is closely joined in scripture with two others, both very germane to Romans. First, the dwelling of yhwh with his people; second, the transformation of the heart.” (Page 888)