Wright'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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Definitely a hard listen. It's like reading a commentary on audio. I found myself having to rewind to listen again to what he says many times. If you want to really understand what he's saying I would suggest buying the book instead for this.
I liked this book, but honestly, it was difficult to get through. The book is deep and not always easy to understand. I wish the writing was a little easier to grasp. Often I found the language complex when simplicity would have been more appropriate.
I've read a chunk of Wright's Jesus stuff, including his academic stuff. This book was really a really good"big picture" book for his Pauline stuff. I also like to narrators accent, very appropriate.. the only thing was that the book Is 8 chapters, but this is divided into 7 that aren't even close to where the actual chapters are..
When I originally purchased this audiobook and gave it a listen, I couldn't follow it at all, for I was completely alien to the context, the scholars debates and the different perspectives out there. Without a basic awareness of these things, N.T Wrights writings on Paul, didn't have any shelf to rest on, it was all Greek to me. But now several years later, having become a little more familiar with the issues, I listened to the book again and found it really interesting, so good in fact, that I may listen to it again and take notes.This work compilation of of lectures on matters of what Wright expounds on much more elsewhere, some of Wrights insights are subtle; that don't necessarily stick out or seem ground-breaking on the surface, even now I can follow him, if I am not paying close attention, what he writes brush right past me. But I have found when I do truly listen to what he is saying, Wright often is illuminating and does have some fresh perspectives
As a seminary tudent, I'm often required to read heavy works as part of my education. Although this is not light and easy material, it is accessable to anyone who want to go deeper into Paul's writings.
Overall I really enjoyed this challenge to: reexamine the linguistic scriptures related to Paul, and rethink his ecclesiastical theology. Yet, I think John Piper maybe correct in asserting that N.T. Wright's message on justification is less than clarion in explanation. Perhaps, that was something to be found more clearly stated in another of his writings or presentations.
I am an amateur philosopher and a competent theoligian with a heart to learn and inspire others to authentic and meaningful living
Audio books are great means of accessing information. This is a technical book on that deals with the search for the historic Paul and attempts to reframe Paul away from the superational deconstruction that led to the idea that Paul was the founder of Christianity and not Jesus. N.T. Wright is a reputable scholar and his material is very accessible and understandable for those wanting an introduction in this NT issue.
Great voice and pace
This was a good book - the only down side is that the reader obviously did not know how to properly pronounce some of the words - especially when the original languages were referred to. It took me a few times to hear certain Greek words in the context of how he was using them to put together what he was talking about.
NT Wright's scholarship is top notch.
A Refreshing Reading of Paul
Hard book to get through, one must pay full attention and even then he is really hard to follow.
But there are some interesting tid bits I've walked away with, so it was not necessarily a waste of time.
"Why bother reading anyone else?"
NT Wright shows how Paul should be read and understood by taking the reader back in time. He makes sense of Paul by analysing the culture that he lived in and the way his audience understood their place in the big story or meta narrative.
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