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Tom Wright
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24 Oct 2003
Paul has provoked people as much in recent times as he did when he was alive. Some regard him as a pestilent and dangerous fellow. Others think of him as the greatest teacher of Christianity after Jesus himself. In this book, leading theologian Tom Wright focuses on key areas of Paul's teaching,helping us to understand what he was doing and saying. He sweeps away the confusion of much modern theology to uncover the real man and his message. What St Paul Really Said is a book for all who want to weigh the evidence before making up their minds on the vital questions surrounding Paul. Equally it is for those who want to know what his message might mean for us today.

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (24 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745937977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745937977
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A well informed and readable exposition of the more modern approach to Paul, an admirable little book. Priests & People 'A cogent exposition of Paul's central teaching on the person of Christ.' Times Literary Supplement

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Tom Wright is the Bishop of Durham. He has taught New Testament studies at Oxford, Cambridge and McGill Universities. A prolific author, his recent books include The Meal Jesus Gave Us (Hodder & Stoughton) and Matthew for Everyone (SPCK), which won 'Reference Book of the Year' at CBC 2003.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable but not completely convincing 23 Dec 2010
By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER
Written some years before his book `Paul: Fresh Perspectives', this is one of the first of Tom Wright's books to try and work out the implications for ordinary readers of recent developments in thinking about Paul's theology. Penned in Wright's characteristically forthright style, it serves both as a useful introduction to the broad tendencies of the last century of scholarship on Paul, and as a careful re-evaluation of him in his - now understood to be profoundly Jewish - context. Wright's overall message is clear: in getting to grips with Jesus, Paul has revised his Jewish beliefs about the coming of God's Kingdom at the end of time and instead now sees that event - which opposes the rule of Rome with claims of the lordship of Christ - as having already happened, in `the midst of history'. This is the Gospel of Christ, and obedience to him is what it means to be saved.

These are the broad outlines of Wright's helpful book. But a number of aspects of the work detract, in my view, from its overall value. Firstly, his insistence that the Greek word 'dikaiosune' means (only) the righteousness of God, with its implication that this guarantees God's impartiality in judging, risks obscuring the element of justice and partiality to the poor implicit in this word and its Hebrew equivalent. But the implications of this for `Jesus versus empire' are barely explained, despite Wright's professed (and surely correct) belief that Jesus' coming is about his lordship over against that of Rome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engrossing 25 July 2001
N.T. Wright, whose books I always find enriching, presents a very clear, comprehensive, and enlightening look at the letters of Paul in the context of new scholarship about Paul's time and place. Wright is very orthodox in doctrine, however innovative some of the ideas may be, and shows, once again, that the historical perspective is perfectly compatible with solid Christianity. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's hear it for Paul 27 Sep 2013
By aph
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This is an excellent book and a must for anyone who, due to so much mixed, muddled and biased teaching, is confused about Paul and would like to know more about what Paul really said. Considering his writings comprise so much of our New Testament it is vital to have this clear teaching which clears away the cobwebs - this is such a volume. Tom Wright is a master at taking a complex subject, sweeping away the rubbish and leaving the reader with a clear and well thought through view.
Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Whole Truth! 20 Jun 2008
By TimBall
When I first read this book I thought it was refreshing and true, and written in Tom Wright's usual easily accessible form. Then I was lent a copy of John Piper's excellent, "The Future of Justification; A response to N. T. Wright". It was a case of Proverbs 18:17, "He who states his case first seems right, until another comes and examines him." In a very clear and gentle way, John Piper exposes the rather "flimsy" scriptural and non-scriptural evidence on which Tom Wright's views are based and shows that when you view the whole of the evidence, in context, a very different picture emerges. You need to read both to get a balanced view of what is at the heart of the, "New Perspective"/Traditional Evangelical debate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does Wright deny justification by faith? 6 Aug 2007
I would describe Wright as a radical conservative. He deeply desires to be submitted to God's word but also challenges the traditional understanding of the Bible. His critique of justification theology is not as radical as some have portrayed it. An important thrust is an ecumenical one: that all who be believe in Christ are in the kingdom irrespective of their position on 'justication by faith alone'. For people who want to think through their Christian faith this is an excelent book.
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