Friday, January 18, 2013

The publishing event of 2013?

Paul and the Faithfulness of God (3 vols.)Whatever one makes of N.T. Wright’s work, his astonishing ability to keep a bigger picture in mind, and his skill to bring otherwise disparate elements together in coherent unity is difficult to deny. And he writes so brilliantly.

So when Logos added this to there webpage yesterday, I got as excited as a suicidal alcoholic arsonist covered from head to toe in finest Whisky, holding a box of matches.

Quite a few of the essays in vol. 3, Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul 1978–2012, many of us will have already read. But vol. 1, Paul and the Faithfulness of God is the book I think Wright has wanted to write for decades. I personally hope for a good, constructive and extensive conversation with Campbell as any work these days simply must grapple seriously with The Deliverance of God, but we shall see. Fun times ahead!


At 1/18/2013 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also interested to see if he grapples with Campbell. Wright has been dismissive of him, at best at times, in other places and settings - so hopeful but not overly optimistic.

At 1/26/2013 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many more commentaries on Paul, the New Testament, and the Bible altogether are needed?

How much more theology is needed?

Surely everything that needs to be said about how to live an authentic comprehensive Spiritual Way of Life has already been said.

The Bible is supposed to be the inspired never-changing (even infallible) Word of God, supposedly binding on all people in all times and places.

Why then isnt the Bible self-sufficient in and of itself?

Why then are all these countless, old, new, and yet to come, commentaries and interpretations necessary?

Has any of them ever changed, or indeed capable of changing anything about the humanly created world-situation?

Remembering too, of course, that Jesus was never ever in any sense a Christian. He was always and only a Jew. Nor did he create any of the religion about him - namely Christianity.


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