Title: Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013
Author: N.T. Wright
Bibliographic info: 642 pp.
Publisher: Fortress Press, 2013.
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With thanks to Fortress Press for the review copy!
This will be just a quick review of this volume instead of my usual overview of each chapter.
Pauline Perspectives is basically a companion volume to Wright’s magnum opus, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. It contains thirty-three studies on Paul that Wright published from 1978-2013, including a few written specifically for this book.
The essays cover a lot of ground, tackling such issues as Paul and empire, Romans 9-11, justification, 4QMMT, eschatology in Paul, E.P.Sanders, and much more. I appreciated how Wright notes (at the beginning of each chapter) what the impetus was for writing each article. That was quite helpful to put each study in its proper perspective.
The studies are presented in a geographical and chronological listing:
- Oxford and Cambridge (1978-1993), [five essays]
- Lichfield and Westminster (1994-2002) [twelve essays]
- Durham (2003-2010) [ten essays]
- St. Andrews (2011-2013) [six essays]
This collection of essays presents a great look at Wright’s (new) perspective on Paul, how it developed over the decades, and will provide the interested reader with clear and informed scholarship on Paul’s theology. It is a great collection of Wright’s oeuvre on Paul and I would recommend it over Paul and the Faithfulness of God. So if you want to purchase a book by Wright on Paul, get this one! It is fabulous.