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Tom Wright and the Search for Truth: A Theological Evaluation

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The Search for Truth is an impressively comprehensive critique of Tom Wright’s scholarship. It covers his theological method, the controversy over his theology of justification, and even his Christology. Not only that, but Holland also provides a rival constructive theology and narrative substructure in his new exodus motif. There are very few scholars who could have writt ...more
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Published October 31st 2017 by Apiary Publishing
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Rick Davis
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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N. T. Wright is a giant in New Testament studies. It has been 20 years since he published What Saint Paul Really Said, a book which made him internationally famous and changed the way countless pastors and students viewed the New Testament. To be fair, E.P. Sanders and James Dunn had been teaching what came to be called the New Perspective on Paul for many years, but they were mostly confined to “scholarly” circles. N. T. Wright, while not identifying fully with the NPP, popularized many of the ...more
Tom Woolford
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review begins with an introduction to N.T. Wright and the New Perspectives on Paul, before discussing Tom Holland's book itself. Those familiar with the NPP should skip down to this later section.

The New Perspective(s) on Paul (NPP)
The ‘New Perspective on Paul’ really started life as a new perspective on Second Temple Judaism – what Jews believed about the Law and grace around the time of Jesus. E. P. Sanders’ ground-breaking 1977 book, Paul and Palestinian Judaism, based on his extensi
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tom Holland is Senior Research Fellow of Union School of Theology, Oxford. His forty years of scholarship has produced fruit in many fields; preeminent among them is New Exodus Theology. The Search for Truth is, as the subtitle suggests, an evaluation of N.T. Wright’s theology. In the conclusion to The Search for Truth, Holland offers a powerful warning:

“In many ways [Wright] has been a great example of a servant of Christ. My problem is that I don’t believe that he can reach those positions vi
Chauncey Lattimer
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I must begin with a confession. I was one of those who was "prepared to accept [Wright's] statements as truth, whilst not appreciating that the required supporting evidence is sometimes lacking or weak" (p.243). As a 'reviewer' who is heavily indebted to N.T. Wright, this work by Tom Holland raises serious questions that beg scholarly answers. It was N.T. Wright who drove me back into the Old Testament to find the theological context for understanding the New Testament. I was overly enamored and ...more
Adam Smith
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Overall I believe that this work by Tom Holland has accomplished much to undercut the theological conclusions of the most recognized theologians in our contemporary scene. Holland has raised some very important issues not only about Tom Wright, but also about the academy in general. The tendency in the academy has been to innovate theologically and to bring in outside sources and have those sources unduly influence the way we interpret the Bible. In some cases (Wright for example) theologians wi ...more
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