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The New Testament and the People of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God #1)
Title: The New Testament and the People of God
Author: Wright, N. T.
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub
Publication Date: 1996/09/01
Wright criticizes the Enlightenment's approach to knowledge. He says, in line with Postmodern philosophy, that a tabula rasa is impossible. We do not simply "see" other facts, but recieve those facts pre-interp ...more
Wright provides a helpful outline of Israel's history from the Babylonian captivity through the beginning of the rabbinic era. He provides sketches of the major Jewish groups of this time period: Pharisees, Essenes, Sadducees, and others. He investigates worldview topics such as temple, land, torah, racial identity, festivals, monothiesm, election, covenant, redemption, and eschatology, the kingdom of God, and justification. W ...more
I enjoyed how the Author first went through some basic logic and established an understanding of such things as Knowledge, History, Theology, etc - he then constructed a picture of "First Century Jewish Worldview" - and I appreciated how he spent quite a bit of time analysing apocalyptic literature, as well as endeavoured to use material from 2nd Century BC through to 2nd Century AD.
Once that was all established, he ...more
1. How did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape that it did?
2. What does Christianity believe, and does it make sense?
As the first title in the series, The NT and the People of God functions mainly to introduce the problems to be addressed by the rest of the series, as well the meth ...more
He has convinced me that the prop ...more
The first 120 pages focus on philosophical questions. How do we evaluate history? How do we interpret ...more
Wright makes it clear that his hermeneutic foundation is "a form of critical realism".
“This is a way of describing the process of "knowing" that acknowledges the reality of the thing known, as something other than the knower (hence "realism"), while fully acknowledging that the only access we have to this reality ...more
N.T. Wright has many excellent insights to share. So it is disappointing that the writing style he employs in The New Testament and the People of God is unbelievably tedious and opaque. Woe to the reader (like me) who enjoyed Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church and then moved on to the first volume of Wright's magnum opus series. I read a lot of academic prose, so I am well accustomed to the awkwardness that is, unfortunately (and, often, needles...more
I'm no expert but it seemed like a solid attempt to put together the milieu of first cent ...more
Ok that said way back in the day. This was the most interesting introduction to anything i've ever read. I was told that it'd be kinda boring but the needed background for reading Wright's later stuff in the series. It was a fun (dare i say) though challenging read (b/c its scholarly). Since first reading Wright I've like him b/c (partly) of his wit and writing style.
Not being a professional scholar what i have to say abo ...more
The second half of the book I gobbled up right away and have found it to be an invaluable resour ...more
He spends the first 150 pages discussing worldview and epistemology. He tries to forge a path that he calls "critical realism" - neither the "naive realism" of those who believe that they have complete, unfettered access to the Truth (truth about history or about God); nor the absolute relat ...more