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For me says NTWright there has been nostimulating exercise for the mind the heart the imagination and the spirit than trying to think Paul's thoughts after him and constantly to be stirred up to fresh glimpses of God's ways and purposes with the world and with us strange human creaturesWright's accessible new volume built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004 takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots his attitude toward the Roman Empire and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church todayFor me says NTWright there has been nostimulating exercise for the mind the heart the imagination and the spirit than trying to think Paul's thoughts after him and constantly to be stirred up to fresh glimpses of God's ways and purposes with the world and with us strange human creaturesWright's accessible new volume built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004 takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots his attitude toward the Roman Empire and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church todayFor me says NTWright there has been nostimulating exercise for the mind the heart the imagination and the spirit than trying to think Paul's thoughts after him and constantly to be stirred up to fresh glimpses of God's ways and purposes with the world and with us strange human creaturesWright's accessible new volume built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004 takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots his attitude toward the Roman Empire and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today


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    This was Wright's follow up to What Saint Paul Really Said While some of the topics covered broadly cover the same ground this is a very different book which incorporates and references quite a bit of Wright's other writings excluding his New Testament For Everyone series As such if you are new to Wright I wouldn't recommend this as a starting pointThe first half of the book looks at the background setting into which Paul's theology was born These are outlined in some detail but not exhaustively as Wright is keen to emphasize under the titles `Creation and Covenant' `Messiah and Apocalyptic' and `Gospel and Empire' The first of these echoes What St Paul Really Said the most with Wright's view on the New Perspective movement being that when references are made to the history of Israel that Paul had the whole sweep of that history in mind So a reference to the Exodus necessarily entails a knowledge and understanding of all the nuances and symbolism that entailsThis is a very interesting view which is fairly persuasive yet not compelling For example the painting of the Forth Road Bridge was sometimes referred to as a Sisyphean task yet I think this only refers to the part of the myth of Sisyphus which relates to his rolling the stone up the hill repeatedly not necessarily the backstory as to how he ended up there So it might be with Paul's references to the Jewish theologies of monotheism creation and covenantIn `Messiah and Apocalyptic' Wright redefines these terms of how he thinks Paul understood them which may be quite different to modern usage So one is referred strongly back to The New Testament and the People of God 1 Christian Origins Ques God 1 for detail on `Apocalyptic' and to Jesus and the Victory of God Christian Origins and the Question of God v 2 Christian Origins the Question of God for detail on `Messiah'In Gospel and Empire Wright looks at the royal proclamation element of the gospel for which he has been noted not least in Jesus and the Victory of God and recently in How God Became King Getting to the heart of the Gospels So if you have read either of those there will be little new here but it's needed for completenessThe second half of the book gets into some of the real meat of the argument although it is clear and Wright acknowledges this that this is a condensed line of reasoning with much that either has been expanded upon elsewhere or will be expanded upon later As such I would warn potential readers of the book that even though it is less than 200 pages long the content is very dense If you gloss over a sentence you will lose the thread Also Wright refers to some quite extensive passages of scripture without providing the reader much by way of including it So have a bible to handMuch of the point of view that Wright expresses is dependent upon his translation I'm no expert in Greek so I could not help but wonder if his translation was influenced by his theology and not the other way around While I intend to read some of the detractors to the `new perspective' movement I would be surprised if a similar point is not raisedThe most contentious chapter by some way is `Reworking God's People' where Wright looks at the doctrines of election and `justification by faith' He brings to the readers' attention some of the passages of New Testament which many churches will tend to view only out of the corner of their eyes While Romans 8 may be a favourite passage for many chapters 9 11 of the same book may not be He similarly notes that proponents of the New Perspective love the 2nd half of Ephesians 2 while its detractors like to focus on the first half of the chapterWright tries to steer round this debate by saying that the approach needed is one that is all encompassing There ought to not be an eitheror discussion but rather a bothand way of viewing these doctrines After all if Paul put these next to one another in his own writings it's unlikely he intended to be being self contradictoryThe image that was cast in my head was that of a die You cannot see all of its faces at once Traditional theology has been entranced by looking at the six and catching an askew glance at some of the other faces while others remain out of side either on the opposite side or face down on the table Wright wants us to pick up the die and turn it over in our hands looking at every side For some this may mean losing sight temporarily of the view they have grown up with and loved for many years But Wright is not advocating throwing away any aspects of traditional theology Instead he wishes to cast a new light on it But to mix my metaphors adding light can also cast a shadow elsewhere So while the idea of justification by faith has been core to much reformed theology the point put forward is that it is has been partially misunderstood and is also part of a bigger pictureIn writing this Wright did not set out to answer all questions about Paul and give an holistic account of his theology Instead this book should be taken as a thought provoker inviting the reader to re examine Paul for themselves and to go further down the pathways which Wright has sketched out It's not an easy read but it's not impenetrable either So with due caution proceed learn and think