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on 24 May 2010
May be eventually I'll write a longer review. For now, suffice it to say, this is a fantastic book. You don't need to be familiar with the debate as it stands to get a great deal from it. You may not agree with everything he says (but you certainly can't simply dismiss it off hand) but the insights Wright brings, the way he writes and what he has to say about God's covenant faithfulness are truly edifying helping to broaden you view of God and expand your understanding with the result being a greater love for the God of Abraham, your God and mine. There is nothing in Wright's understanding of Pauline theology that goes against the truths of Christ which we have received; rather by going back to the text he comes to the same conclusions, but by taking a different route which we may not be familiar with, resulting in a far more beautiful view of the scene that is justification by faith
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on 7 December 2009
Tom Wright's "Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision" makes fascinating reading. It is easy to understand and makes clear how Paul saw God's plan for the good of the world culminating in the life, death and resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and all this means to us.
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on 24 September 2015
Excellent, highly readable overview of a very central concept in Paul's theology.
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on 25 March 2011
I was thrilled to see Bishop Tom Wright had written an account of such an important biblical subject, and the blurb on the back cover suggested it would well worth reading. However...

This book is effectively a high-level rant from a man disgruntled that a leading reformed theologian (John Piper - you'll have to get used to that name if you want to read this book) has not grasped his extensive and brilliant theology. Wright is amazed (often to the point of being sarcastic and patronising) that Mr Piper just doesn't get it! And, of course, we benefit richly from this discussion. If, that is, we can keep pace with Uncle Tom's scribblings.

I have given this a low review marking, not because of its content (Wright has every right to write as he wishes in reply to academic critique of his work) but rather in protest at the publishers (SPCK) who suggest that this book is for general reading. This book is rushed and exasperated response to criticism of N.T. Wright's wider work (which is at the forefront of biblical theology, hugely influential, scholarly and inspirational); it was written in a hurry (as the author admits) and does not have any of the 'fluency and accessibility' that the publishers claim (and for which Wright is renowned, notably in his 'For Everyone' series). The title 'Justification' is a gentle pun, because it is effectively Wright justifying himself.

If you are unfamiliar with the debate on 'The New Perspective on Paul', or the work of Ed Sanders and James Dunn, then it might be better to start with a more basic level book, before attempting this one. If you're not yet familiar with the terms "soteriology", "covenantal nomism", "participationist", "exegesis" and "eschatological", then this is not the best place to start.

The publishers SPCK have usually been helpful in coding Bishop Tom's work - "Tom Wright" writes for the church at large, for preachers and pew-dwellers alike, and any with a passing interest in understanding the bible, while "N.T. Wright" is a masterly theologian who assumes his readers have at least (or are working towards) a degree in theology. In this book they have failed their readership, as Uncle Tom unleashes his full academic fury on his opponent (in Christian love, of course). It leaves a sour taste in the mouth, and is not one I could recommend to anyone except John Piper.
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on 30 December 2010
A spiritual journey, started in 1972, has reached a milestone in the teaching given in this book. Unaware of what was called 'the new perspective' my Christianity at that time was turned on its head when studying Ephesians from the Greek with a very unconvential lecturer. 'Saved for a purpose' was his continual reminder. I learnt then that God's purposes are so much greater than 'going-to-heaven-when-you-die'. From trying to learn the art of making people feel guilty so as to save them and forever after keep them as far from the world as possible,(I cringe now)I came to see that building up the church into a whole that reflected the image of Christ to the world, was the mind-shattering truth of Scripture. For fourty years I have been out of kilter with the mindset of the majority of Christians and could never quite understand why. Now, thanks to Tom Wright's distinctive and Biblical thinking, I can once more find my way and above all be re-inspired to see something of the wonder of the Biblical narrative with Jesus the Messiah at its heart.
I would add that it is book that must be grappled with and some knowledge of theology and Biblical exegesis is almost a must.
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on 24 March 2015
Thank you so much
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on 14 May 2009
Tom Wright is a great scholar and has a brilliant mind! It is well worth a read- but be careful- as to say so many in history have missed the correct interpretation and perspective of Paul- is a huge claim indeed!
Wow consider the old paths and the old perspectives! I think you should also read the other side John Piper on The Future of Justification a response to NT Wright!
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