Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation” as Want to Read:
The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The New Testament for the Twenty-First Century

Many readers of the New Testament have grown overly familiar with the biblical text, losing sight of the wonder and breadth of its innovative ideas and world-changing teachings about the life and role of Jesus of Nazareth. In The Kingdom New Testament, N. T. Wright, author and one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars,
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Zondervan (first published July 1st 2011)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Kingdom New Testament, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Chad King Based on my spot check of about two dozen verses between the two books, the answer appears to be yes, they are the same translation. If there are tran…moreBased on my spot check of about two dozen verses between the two books, the answer appears to be yes, they are the same translation. If there are translation variations, they are likely minor.

The New Testament for Everyone adds some commentary and background to the beginning of each book, so it would be a better study resource than the Kingdom New Testament. And, of course, The Bible for Everyone adds the Old Testament.

Whichever you choose will be a valuable addition to your Bible library.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.46  · 
Rating details
 ·  480 ratings  ·  47 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibles, own, kindle
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;
Shane Williamson
2020 reads: 39/52

Rating: 4.5 stars

I picked up this discounted New Testament translation by NT scholar and historian, N.T. Wright. It was quite a refreshing read since Wright offers a translation between an essentially literal/dynamic equivalent. Wright writes in contemporary British English and so one feels as though they're being read the NT by 'grandpa Nick'. It was delightful.

My favorite book was definitely Mark. Wright's presentation of the dialogues are vivid and exciting.
Galatians and Ro
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.
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
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
Pastor Matt
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
My appreciation for N.T. Wright's translation of the New Testament has grown upon re-read, however, I have this against it--First, he often uses phrases that I fear would confuse the average reader (i.e., "God's covenant justice" in 'place of righteousness'). Second, by using "king" in place of most titles ascribed to Jesus, the style becomes repetitive. I could go on but, in short, I would only recommend The Kingdom New Testament to those already familiar with Wright's theology. I re-read it wh ...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
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, scripture

The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation continues my engagement with the works of the scholar and theologian N. T. Wright. I added his translation of the New Testament at the beginning of 2019 to accompany my student of the NT in Sunday school. When you have read the NT several times, it helps to force yourself to read it in a new light, and an alternate translation can do wonders. I first realized this as a missionary in Germany when I read the Einheitsuebersetzung used by the Cat

Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I have read the New Testament in many versions, those versions were compiled by councils, denominations, or Biblical societies. This is my first translation by a single translator. I have been an NT Wright reader for some time now, and trust his scholarly prowess and command of Ancient Greek.

I do not know if it was the skill of the translator or the singular vision of the translator but the Word felt vibrant and alive. However, in a British voice. Even though I am North American I prefer
Nick Jordan
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m nobody to argue Greek with any NT scholars, however...I’m just not a fan of this translation. Wright translates some of his pet theological projects into the text (like Christ translated “King”), but he isn’t particularly consistent in his usage. There are stilted (in English) sentences and odd word choices all over the place, and I don’t think it is due to the bumpiness that some very literal translations have. Wright began this project with creating translations for his New Testament for E ...more
Bryan Sebesta
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
My wife and I read primarily from this version of the New Testament this year, and we both grew to love it. (She'd pester me about where I put it sometimes, when we started reading from another, less comprehensible translation.) It's relatively easy to read, with a single column running through each page. Wright's modernization is scholarly but also eminently accessible and conversational; I especially appreciated this in Paul's letters, which can get dense sometimes, but here Paul's wit and hum ...more
Ian Boyd
A very readable translation. I very much enjoyed how Paul's energy and excitement (and, often, righteous and cantankerous indignation) shines through the Epistles. The gospel's were very readable and benefited from the focus on commonplace language that Dr. Wright attempted. Although sometimes when the author attempts to domesticate the biblical language it lacks the enormity of what it is describing, this version does not loose any sense of the momentous events that are happening. I also took T ...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.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

Not to be missed by any reader of the Bible.

One complaint - Print book edition is darn expensive.

Serious unforgivable problem with the Kindle edition I have. No search function, no Table of content. It really sucks. I wonder there is any way to make the Amazon/Kindle guys pay due attention.
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.
Matthew Richey
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Highly readable and helpful in places, but there are some annoyances. Overall a good reference that I will consult from time to time.
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
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
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
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
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 sometimes fe
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
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!
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation
  • The New Testament: A Translation
  • Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
  • Little Stowaway
  • The Story of Christianity: An Illustrated History of 2000 Years of the Christian Faith
  • Losing Susan: Brain Disease, the Priest's Wife, and the God Who Gives and Takes Away
  • Confessions
  • The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited
  • Historical Theology
  • Young Zaphod Plays It Safe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #0.5)
  • Radical Orthodoxy: A New Theology
  • Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology
  • Evangelicalism & the Future of Christianity
  • Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification
  • The Genesis of Doctrine: A Study in the Foundation of Doctrinal Criticism
  • Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World
  • The Way of Zen
  • The Book of Job
See similar books…
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

News & Interviews

As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of...
15 likes · 2 comments
“29“I’ll tell you the truth,” replied Jesus. “No one who has left a house, or brothers or sisters, or mother or father, or children, or lands because of me and the gospel 30will fail to receive back a hundred times more in the present age: houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands—with persecutions!—and finally the life of the age to come. 31But plenty of people at the front will end up at the back, and the back at the front.” 1 likes
“28“Are you having a real struggle? Come to me! Are you carrying a big load on your back? Come to me—I’ll give you a rest! 29Pick up my yoke and put it on; take lessons from me! My heart is gentle, not arrogant. You’ll find the rest you deeply need. 30My yoke is easy to wear; my load is easy to bear.” 1 likes
More quotes…