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Paul by N.T. Wright
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Jan 21, 2011

really liked it
Read from January 21 to February 09, 2011

N. T. Wright is always interesting and enjoyable to read; he is amazing with words. As his title infers, he does offer a "fresh perspective" on interpreting Paul. The question remains, is his interpretation correct? I don't see it necessary to say that either he's completely right or completely wrong. There are no doubt some salient points raised that will contribute to a better understanding of Paul. On the other hand, some of the fresh perspective that he offers goes too far. As a proponent of the "New Perspective", this definitely comes out in his writing. As Wright alludes to, the "New Perspective" is a moving target and there is not agreement among scholars holding to this perspective. Ultimately, my current sentiment is that there are some points that he raises that are worth adding to our understanding of justification by faith, but it is NOT the only or definitive word on the issue. It is far to forced, simplified, and reductionistic. The strength of his book is rooting and grounding Pauline thought in Judiasm, the 2nd Temple context, and covenants, which frame the lenses by which Wright then interprets Paul.

Anyone interested in, or who studies Pauline Epistles will both want and need to read this work.

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