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The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective
This book presents a series of studies on contentious aspects of Paul's doctrine of justification including the meaning of 'righteousness', the question of imputation, the role of resurrection in justification, an evaluation of the New Perspective, the soteriological and ecclesiological significance of justification, justification by faith with judgment according to works ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Wipf & Stock Publishers
(first published March 1st 2005)
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Michael Bird is a professor at Highland Theological College in Scotland. Even though he describes himself as a "card-carrying Calvinist," Bird should be applauded for his integrity with Scripture. Bird has been interested in Pauline theology for decades and looks specifically at soteriology in this project. Observing how Paul understands righteousness and particularly the righteousness of God (Cf. Rom 1:17) makes up the bulk of this work. Although it may be found tedious by those new to Pauline ...more
Though I do not necessarily agree with everything Bird writes in this book (very seldom read books that I agree 100% with), nevertheless, I thought this was a fantastic work. Bird is careful with biblical texts, conversant and familiar with a variety of theological traditions, irenic and considerate towards those with whom he disagress, and careful to state his proposals and his criticisms in clear and understandable ways (for the most part). Together with Westerholm, these are two of the best b ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Robert Murphy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tim Prussic
Bird is the representative of a new middle-ground between the NPP and confessional presbyterianism. As such, he takes the best of both worlds. This is my new position. If you find N.T. Wright a compelling speaker and writer, don't think you need to jettison Reformed Orthodoxy. Bird shows how the NPP (and grumpy Presbyterians) put forward a false excluded middle. Both are compatible in a majority of places.
This is an interesting but highly technical read targeted at an academic audience. It's a great introduction to the 'New Perspective on Paul" and the scholarship of N.T. Wright. The author advocates for a mediating position with criticism and praise for different parts of the argument on both sides. An accessible summery of the debate can be found here:http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2...
Dr. Michael Bird (Ph.D University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry. He is the author of several books including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission (2006), The Saving Righteousness of God (2007), A Bird’s-Eye View of Paul (2008), Colossians and Philemon (2009), Crossing Over Sea and Land: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Te ...moreMore about Michael F. Bird...