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The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The New Testament for the Twenty-First Century.

If you think you might have grown overly familiar with the biblical text and lost sight of the wonder and breadth of its innovative ideas and world-changing teachings about Jesus of Nazareth, this New Testament is for you. N. T. Wright invigorates these sacred texts with this all-new English translation that allows contemporar
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Zondervan (first published July 1st 2011)
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Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, own, bibles
Starting in January, I decided to read through N.T. Wright's translation for my New Testament portion of Bible reading. As far as a contemporary translation goes, TKNT won't be for everyone (even if it is derived from the translation sections of Wright's commentary series "For Everyone"). There are some turns of phrase that will just ring awkwardly in contemporary American ears, perhaps like Jesus telling the disciples "off you go." However, as somewhat of an Anglo-phile British turns of speech ...more
Mr N.T.Wright (or Tom) is 'The' exegetical voice of today!
Bar non! If you want to get to grips with the New Testament he's your man. In his self penned preface to this translation, Tom (having read a few of his books I feel that I may presume upon the liberty) asks two rhetorical questions;
"Is this new version then a translation or a paraphrase? And, why do we need yet another one?"
His answer to the first is simple enough
"It's a translation not a paraphrase."
The second however, is paramount;
Harold Cameron
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Bible is a beautiful, soul touching and life transforming book to read no matter what translation you might read…just as long as the translation is true to the original text. Renowned Bible Scholar and author N. T. Wright has written what is referred to as a “contemporary translation” of the New Testament that is true to the original texts but he has written it in a way that the lay person can sit down, read it and thoroughly enjoy doing so.

I found The Kingdom New Testament easy to read and
Ben Stafford
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very readable New Testament

I really enjoyed reading through this book. Wright translated the text in a way that is very readable while at the same time adhering to original meaning of the words. I will likely go back to this again and again over the years.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-studies
I enjoyed this highly readable translation of the NT by one of today's leading Biblical scholars. The most noticeable translation choices are related to two of Wrights areas of interest: 1) the Kingship of God in Jesus, leading Wright to translate Christ as 'king' in several places. 2) Wrights work on the new perspective on Paul related to justification, giving many translations of dikaiosyne as covenant faithfulness instead of righteousness ( a complex difference and lively debate, if you are i ...more
Kyle Rapinchuk
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Wright's translation of the New Testament. It is a fresh and modern translation that is also rooted in excellent NT scholarship. He is consistent in his translation of words and phrases, which helps readers to see connections from the original Greek that some translations miss on account of multiple translators with minor differences in strategy. I found this text to be a great way to get me to think deeply about what the text says since it didn't just pass my eyes as something I have see ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like to read different translations of the Bible just to keep the words fresh. Translations can emphasize different words or use different synonyms, and reading a new version makes parts of Scripture stand out for me. I've read the books in the New Testament many times, and it can be easy to skim through without focusing if I am not disciplined.

This is the version I started at the beginning of the year. Technically it's just the New Testament, but that's fine. N.T. Wright is my favorite theol
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this fresh, clearly British, translation in my regular Bible reading. I was curious what Wright emphases I might find in this translation. The kingdom was emphasized, which was no surprise. Otherwise, Nothing else stood out to me as being especially spotlighted. But then I was reading it devotionally, not critically. This translation is nothing as radically different as The Message, The Voice, or God's Word Translation. Just a nice, fresh reading of the same beautiful story.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is N.T. Wright's personal translation of the New Testament. I've been reading it here and there over the past couple of years. I think it's well done, although there are some British cliches strewn throughout. Also, some words (i.e. "justification") are translated as Wright would have them in line with his own theology, which might bother some readers. But, all in all good.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love N.T. Wright and adore this translation!
Chris Queen
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful, conversational translation of the New Testament. Parts of it feel rather British in tone, which is actually charming and pleasant to me. I’ll definitely read it again and again.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This has quickly become my favorite translation of the New Testament. NT Wright applies his decades of scholarship and immense skill at culture and language to put together a translation that better reflects the original tone and intent of the authors who originally wrote it. What I most appreciate, however, are not the theological insights but the fresh, modern tone of the translation. The original letters that formed the New Testament were not written in a "Christianese" form that sounded old ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was difficult to read as I felt that many of Wright's translation and syntax choices were somewhat strange. As one reviewer has said (on Amazon, I believe), Wright makes Jesus sound like a hippie from the 1960's. I kept a few other translations handy for those times when I felt that what the KNT said wasn't quite accurate. The majority of the times that I had to refer to my NASB, ESV, NET, or Interlinear turned out to show that there was just a wording choice that was different from what I fe ...more
Gail Welborn
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
The Kingdom New Testament: a Contemporary Translation, by N.T. Wright, Hardcover, HarperOne, 2011, 544 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0062064912, $25.99

N.T. Wright, world-renowned Anglican bishop and best-selling author, the man Newsweek called “the world’s leading New Testament Scholar,” offers a new “contemporary translation” in The Kingdom New Testament.

He describes his version as a translation instead of a paraphrase because translations follow the original Greek closely instead of paraphrasing, where
Harry Allagree
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I think I've just set my own personal record for length of time to read a book...5 months! I'd learned of this version of the New Testament at our clergy conference last year, for which N. T. Wright was the keynoter. (I still have his thick 2-volume set on St. Paul to read, so I may break my own record!) Bishop Wright had used some quotes from it then, & I thought it would be a good way to check it out & accomplish our own bishop's annual Bible Challenge at the same time.

Honestly, I some
Jett Clark
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, christianity
I'm inclined to compare this to Marcus Borg's "The Evolution of the Word." Where Borg re-framed the New Testament by putting it back into the order it was written (arguably) thus helping its readers to see the development of NT theology over time, Wright has provided us with a translation that attempts to unpack the theological baggage that has accrued over the centuries on much of the text.

It's not without its biases. N.T. Wright is an excellent scholar, but he's been known to read into the te
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this. Sounds simple, but just the layout of real book pages (not typically thin Bible pages) and super-wide margins has led me to read whole books of the new testament again and again and make extensive comments/questions with room to spare. I love his forward that talks about how culture and historical context have affected every translation and how every generation has a responsibility to translate the scriptures for their current age. Don't worry, everything is still in there. Thi ...more
Joe Cummings
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
During Lent, I like to read the New Testament. This year I read Wright's modern translation. It was okay. "The Kingdom New Testament" is a great companion read to Wright's other books: "Simply Christian,""After You Believe" and "Surprised by Hope." Many of the theological ideas in those books are apparent here. Nevertheless, I still prefer the RSV version. Like the KJV, it has a more tradional voice within. Wright's voice is too contemporary for me, and he also makes some editorial decisions tha ...more
David Holford
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the compilation of all the translations he has done for his "For Everyone" series. I haven't read the whole thing, but I've read enough of it to rate it and review it. This is certainly a very dynamic equivalent translation rather than a literal translation and should used as such. But while it unabashedly carries the stamp of Wright's perspective, any translation by a scholar as erudite at Wright must be taken seriously as is worthy of study reference as well as enjoyable extended readi ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scriptures
This was a really good translation of the New Testament. Though I wasn't a fan of how Wright translated some words and phrases, overall it read really well and was fresh. It will be a translation that I look to often and reread again and again to maintain freshness in my Scripture intake. Read first August 22–September 26, 2015. Read again in September of 2016.
Brad Belschner
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-theology
This is NT Wright's translation of the New Testament, basically lifted from his commentary series. This is my #1 favourite translation: it's easy to understand, compelling, and follows the Greek text closely while avoiding woodenness. This is written in real English. This is what a translation is supposed to be like. (4 stars because it's only a translation after all :-)
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been beginning to read the Pauline Epistles in this translation (Kindle version), and I find that Wright makes Paul very readable and engaging - with the directness and tone that Paul probably intended. And his word choice provides interesting perspectives.

Highly worthwhile, because in the writings of Paul it's otherwise very easy to lose the thread of what he's saying!
Jon Cooper
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Reading this straight through. The introduction alone is worth the price of admission. However, the rest of the translation clearly needs the commentary that it was originally written for. I say this having read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and half way through John.
Paul Walker
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tom Wright does an excellent job of bringing a fresh prespective on the New Testament. I deeply appreciate the time Wright has invested in bringing out the greek. My favorite passages include his rendering of the sermon of the mount, Galatians, and Romans. Thank you N.T. Wright!
Jeremy Peterson
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The most amazing translation of the New Testament.
Josh Shelton
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good translation! Love it
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this is a good book to start with, if you have never read the complete New Testament; a little over 500 pages, it can be easily read and understood.
Sharman Wilson
Enjoyable Bible reading. Brent and I read the Acts through Revelation together and I read the Gospels on my own. I especially loved this translation of the Gospel of John.
Kellie Wagner
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this because it wasn't paraphrased but rather translated. It was no shorter than these stories in the bible, but it used more common language.
Warren Christianson
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fair translation. He hegdes on a few passages, but overall very easy to read
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N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England (2003-2010) and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline NBC, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air, and he has taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGi ...more
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