Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reviewing NTW’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God

I’m presently writing a review for Anvil of Wright’s PFG. As I expected, there is much here which has wound me up, much with which I disagree. But equally, and as I expected, there is much to admire, and I have learnt again to appreciate the brilliance and breadth of Wright’s vision and skill. Those who simply dismiss Wright’s massive work—for whatever reason—are deluding themselves! Also, there are nuggets on the way such as this:

‘body’, ‘flesh’, ‘mind’, ‘heart’, ‘spirit’, ‘soul’ and ‘will’. These words sometimes appear to designate different ‘parts’ of a human being, but, as many have pointed out, it is better to see them as each encoding a particular way of looking at the human being as a whole but from one particular angle (491)

Useful. I often hear, in evangelical circles of a more charismatic bent, that a precise analysis of biblical anthropological language is a key for discipleship. But I don’t think we should, properly speaking, talk about an anthropology that the bible is “about” at all (what it is “about” for the church is defined in terms of the Word of God). Either way, Wright’s point here is a useful way of teaching on those issues.


At 12/16/2014 8:22 PM, Blogger Vertolker said...

More on biblical anthropological language in the paper of N.T. Wright at the Regional Meeeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (Fordham University, 18 March 2011), see the NTWright Page on internet and his 'Pauline Perspectives', Chapter 28.

At 12/16/2014 8:41 PM, Blogger Keen Reader said...

My problem with the book is that it's far too brief. Should have been at least another 500 pages to qualify as a *real* book these days about the apostle Paul.

I'm confident that the "responses" Campbell, Dunn et al. are no doubt already busy writing won't be so damned slender!


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