Paul and the Faithfulness of God is the most anticipated contribution to biblical studies in recent memory. The fourth volume in Wright's magisterial series Christian Origins and the Question of God, this book is destined to take its place alongside the other volumes in the series as an indispensable and key text for biblical scholars.
Drawing on a lifetime of historical and biblical study, Wright brings the many facets of Paul's life together in order to paint a detailed portrait of Paul himself, his thought, and his experience in the first-century Roman world. Wright carefully explores the whole context of Paul's thought and activity--Jewish, Greek and Roman, cultural, philosophical, religious, and imperial--and shows how the apostle's worldview and theology enabled him to engage with the many-sided complexities of first-century life that he and his churches were facing. The result is a study whose scope is breathtaking in its complexity, and yet accessible and readable from the outset.
While certainly engaging the primary sources and technical aspects of Pauline studies, Wright also provides thorough review of the vast secondary literature. In doing so Paul and the Faithfulness of God proves itself to be well-rounded and profoundly compelling account of the man who became the world's first, and greatest, Christian theologian.
N. T. Wright's long-awaited full-length study of St. Paul will not in any way disappoint. From the very first sentence, it holds the attention, arguing a strong, persuasive, coherent, and fresh case supported by immense scholarship and comprehensive theological intelligence. It is a worthy successor to his earlier magisterial studies, laying out again very plainly the ways in which the faith of the New Testament is focused on God's purpose to re-create, through the fact of Jesus crucified and risen, our entire understanding of authority and social identity.
Magdalene College, Cambridge
Only once in every other generation or so does a project approaching the size, scope, and significance of Paul and the Faithfulness of God appear. Paul's world, worldview, controlling stories, and theology spring to life through N. T. Wright's brilliant scholarship and spirited writing. Arguing for narrative and theological coherence in Paul's thought, Wright seeks to overcome numerous dichotomies that have characterized recent Pauline scholarship. Readers will be richly rewarded and challenged at every turneven when they do not fully agree. Each chapter reveals something profound about the surprising faithfulness of the God freshly revealed in Jesus the Messiah and conveyed to Paul's communities, and to us, by the Spirit.
-Michael J. Gorman,
St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland
Breath-taking, mind-expanding, ground-breaking, and moreit is easy to run out of adjectives to describe what N. T. Wright has already accomplished in his multi-volume account of New Testament history and theology. This fourth volume in the series is likewise a game-changer, above all for its adventurous presentation of Paul's mindsetrsquo; and theology, so thoroughly contextualized at the confluence of the apostle's Jewish, Roman, and Greek worlds. This is Wright at his bestpart historian, part exegete, part theologian, part pedagogue.
-Joel B. Green,
Fuller Theological Seminary, California