N. T. Wright’s “Paul and the Faithfulness of God” – Some News

Logos Bible Software has just listed its version of N. T. Wright’s upcoming 3-volume set, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, his long-awaited major project on the apostle to the Gentiles. It appears that the contents are as follows:

  • Volume 1 – Analyzes Paul’s worldview and theology (i.e., Wright’s own perspective)
  • Volume 2 – Surveys and critiques all major studies on Paul in the past 50 years
  • Volume 3 – A collection of over 30 of Wright’s most important previously published articles on Paul

HT: Chris Tilling

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5 thoughts on “N. T. Wright’s “Paul and the Faithfulness of God” – Some News

  1. I don’t get Wright’s definition of “the righteousness of God” as if it — in itself — is equivalent to “the faithfulness of God” that he demonstrates in keeping his covenant. This seems far-fetched.

    In addition, what he regards as implications of this definition seem to me to be a matter of splitting hairs. He states, “The problem Paul addresses in Galatians is not the question of how precisely someone becomes a Christian, or attains a relationship with God;” and “Justification in the first century was not about how someone might establish a relationship with God. It was about God’s eschatalogical definition, both future and present, of who was, in fact, a member of his people.”

    I don’t think its fuzzy thinking to say that “becoming a Christian” and “having a relationship with God” are — when considered thoughtfully and thoroughly — matters of participating in God’s covenant as one of his covenant people — even in the Abrahamic sense that seems important to Wright. And this is true even if we choose to retain a definition of God’s righteousness that is truer to the lexicons than Wright’s redefinition seems to be.

  2. You wrote

    “I don’t get Wright’s definition of “the righteousness of God” as if it — in itself — is equivalent to “the faithfulness of God” that he demonstrates in keeping his covenant. This seems far-fetched.”

    Why is it far fetched?

    • The righteousness of God — in itself — is an assertion of “the way God is” (A. W. Tozer). In other words, it’s a way of saying that God is always right and good.

      So God’s “righteousness” may be the reason for his faithfulness in keeping his covenant. But “God keeping his covenant” is not his “righteousness” in a comprehensive of equivalent sense.

      A man may be a good husband, because he is a “good man.” But we should not think that every time we see the term “good man,” it is an assertion about someone being a good husband.

      Similarly, “righteousness of God” may have implications and uses that do not fit Wright’s theory.

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