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Long, but worth the effort,
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This review is from: Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God) (Paperback)
I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that this book feels too long, and would have benefited from some more radical pruning. That said, pruning a book this size would, I would have thought, take some time, and given the choice between what we have, and what we perhaps could have had in a years time, I would still go with what we have. Warts and all, it is certainly good enough.
I liked the overall structure of the book, and it is mercifully well written. Perhaps too `chatty' in places, but that is a very minor quibble.
The broad sweep of his argument I found utterly compellingly. I didn't hear any new themes from his other writings, but this book did bring them together for me in a way they had not been before.
Some of his more detailed exegesis I struggled with. I kept wondering if someone in the first century would really have seen things that way. It just felt a little too convoluted at times. That said, NT Wright is fighting a lot of preconceived notions about what words and passages mean, so I was never sure whether the difficulty is with my preconceptions, or NT Wright's impositions.
Overall, this is a good book, with lots of insights - big and small. It feels like a major step forward, but I doubt if it will be the last word on the subject. I could probably do with a simpler version (by his alter ego Tom Wright), but I managed well enough and I certainly plan to read this again - although probably not for another year or so, to allow me to recover from this reading!
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2013 13:30:14 GMT
Well done for getting through it so quickly. I've purchased mine on Kindle, but haven't got round to it yet! I suspect that NT Wright will go down as one of the greatest gifts to the Body of Christ in recent times. Conservatives are 'suspicious' of him; liberals find him too conservative. But many who come away from fundamentalism (for good reasons) end up spiritually bankrupt, and this is where Wright is the perfect tonic.
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