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Paul for Everyone: Prison Letters (New Testament For Everyone #14)

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Making use of his true scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright captures the verve and sparkle of these letters. Paul wrote the letters while in prison facing possible death, but their passion and energy are undimmed. They reveal Paul's longing to see young churches grow in faith and understanding, rooted in Jesus himself, and ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (first published 2002)
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Jun 13, 2011 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I began Wright on Paul's prison epistles I feared this setup (Wright's translation, followed by brief devotional commentary introduced by a contemporary story) would not be as effective for the dense writing of Paul as for the more narrative driven Luke (having read Luke for Everyone last year). But that wore off as I got into the three epistles covered here. I think I know them well, but Wright knows them better, and he provides keen insights for such brief comments.
Evan Hays
Oct 13, 2011 Evan Hays rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, devotional
Yet another excellent NT Wright for everyone book. I am starting his Hebrews next, and have the last few of the series on my wishlist for this Christmas since they are coming out this fall.

I especially appreciated how he highlighted Paul's theme of unity in Phillipians and how he highlighted Paul's emphasis on the oneness of the Trinity in Colossians.

Thinking back, the Colossians stuff blew my mind. Sometimes I fall into the wrong thinking that the Trinity was something not clearly formulated un
Nov 10, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is another solid commentary from biblical scholar N.T. Wright that is useful for believers at any level from the newly saved to the veteran saint. This is also the second of three grouped commentaries, this one dealing with the Prison epistles, the letters Paul wrote when he was imprisoned. Paul makes mention of this in his epistles, but Mr. Wright's gift is to bring out Paul's dedication to the Word even while in chains and his near desperation to see that certain churches are on a sound f ...more
Wright's 'for Everyone' commentaries are great resources for bridging the gap between the text and the contemporary (Western) context. As a commentary, it falls a little flat. It is oscillates between being insightful and aggravatingly overly simple. But it is N.T. Wright, so most of the substance is brilliant, even if he doesn't have his scholar hat on for it. He draws out the meaning of the text through personal anecdotes. You get the sense here of how he might preach these texts to a church. ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Sagely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up from the church library a few days before leading a Bible study on Philemon. I respect NT Wright's scholarship greatly, so I thought this volume of the PfE/NTfE series would offer a safety rail to keep my reading of Philemon from rolling into the gutter of bad scholarship.

PfE does provide a bit of a scholarly safety rail, though you wouldn't know the depth of Wright's scholarship from a quick read. PfE reads almost like a devotional commentary, with plenty of introductory illust
Becky B
Mar 19, 2014 Becky B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another great commentary from NT Wright. True to the rest of the NT For Everyone books I've read, he provides a readable commentary of these books, breaking it down pericope by pericope with his own translation of the text followed by a story to make aspects of the text more relatable to modern readers followed by any historical background needed (though this is usually brief), and application for today. I continue to appreciate this series for the way it brings out depth and greater understandi ...more
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Aug 27, 2015 Neville Ridley-smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, christian
I've been using this for my daily Bible reading. Wright brings alive a lot of the history and context that surrounds these letters. The 3 sections on Philemon at the end were particularly good.

The only downside is that I'd often be hard-pressed to remember what I had read but perhaps that was because I would often read it at night time when my brain was fairly dead... since I've started getting up early and reading in the morning, that hasn't been as much of a problem.
Matt Maples
I've read the part of this commentary on the book of Ephesians and it's very nice. I like this series by N.T. Wright because it's very readable and a nice overview. I would not recommend these commentaries if you are really wanting to study the book at hand, but if you want to supplement your other information on the book or if you're just taking a first step toward learning more about the scriptures then this is a good commentary and series to consider.
Laura Sanchez
Aug 30, 2012 Laura Sanchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-testament
Refreshing take on the prison letters. Wright translates from the Greek in plain American English so as to make it as understandable as possible.
Радостин Марчев
Оценката ми се отнася само до посланието към Ефесяните. коментарът е много кратък (едва 80 стр.) но може да бъде полезен дори за хора, които са свикнали с по-сериозни разглеждания.
Very good treatment of the texts. Excellent way to bring out the larger themes of Paul. Used some insights here in a class on Philippians to good effect.
James Kim
Aug 06, 2016 James Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: commentary
What can you say about N.T. Wright's Paul for Everyone? It's another solid, practical, easy to read, easy to understand exposition of the Scriptures.
Mar 25, 2008 Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this as a devotional. A great blend of depth and accessibility, from the best NT scholar I've encountered.
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