Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tom Wright's wonderful Paul and the Faithfulness of God Book 1

Just finished the first physical book of Tom Wright's wonderful Paul and the Faithfulness of God.  This is simply tremendous and anyone seriously interested in the New Testament should read it.

I wish I had more time to blog some gems but I'm frantically busy at the moment.  Here are just a very few of the hundreds of gems I've highlighted:
  • Paul remained a deeply Jewish thologian who had rethought and reworked every element of hisnative Jewish theology in the light of the Messiah and the spirit, resulting in his own vocational self-understanding as apostle to the pagans.
  • The second century Jews gave up their narrative because they had been defeated by Rome. The sixteenth-century protestants gave up their narrative because they believed they had escaped from Rome.
  • This is the time of the new creation; the time of the new Temple, which, I would suggest, constitutes the new Sabbath
  • It is almost as though the entire system is designed to challenge human beings to grow up in their understanding.
  • Just as the Christian worldview compels people to think in a new way... so Christian theology remains a corporate task, one in which the church as a whole has to engage. 
  • Give someone a thought and you help them for a day; teach someone to think and you transform them for life.

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