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The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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, 266 pages
Published March 7th 2007 by Wipf & Stock Pub (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
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Nov 28, 2011 Robert Murphy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tim Prussic
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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.
Wayne Larson
Michael Bird is hands down the best person to steer you through the NPP debate. His sympathetic/critical approach yields brilliant insights. Avoid the fan-boys and the shrill detractors and read this book.
great, but not totally clear and raises as many questions as it answers. good book for those seeking middle ground on these issues.
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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 ...more
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