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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Christianaudio; Unabridged edition (Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610450973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610450973
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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"Written by one of the leading Christian thinkers in the world today, this book is a refreshing and accessible resource concerning the perennial question of biblical authority that moves the discussion beyond the liberal-conservative impasse of our times. Highly Recommended."--John R. Franke, Professor of Theology, Biblical Theological Seminary

"The best book of its kind available."--The Christian Century

"N. T. Wright opens for us a path beyond of the paralyzing polarization of "liberal" and "conservative."--Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian

"In a fashion that is both old fashioned and new fangled at the same time Bishop Wright takes us through a sane and helpful study of what it means to treat the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. Highly Recommended!"--Ben Witherington, author of The Brother of Jesus

"[P]robing, provocative, insightful...This is a book of uncommon wisdom for all who read and love the Bible."--Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and Executive Editor of Christianity Today

"This wide-ranging whirlwind-tour account of Scripture channeling God's authority, with its tweaking of distortions back into shape and its first-class approach to Bible study, is masterly throughout."--J. I Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

"Wright offers sensible insights on the transforming power of God, very necessary in these times of skepticism and confusion."--Publishers Weekly

"Scripture and the Authority of God is a fabulous book. With characteristic verve and occasionally pungent grace... Scripture and the Authority of God could be the beginning of a more faithful listening, as well as sustaining more fruitful conversation about the nature of biblical interpretation."--Books&Culture

"Wright appeals to the reader to take another look at the Bible, not as an isolated phenomenon--a veritable rule book similarly applicable at all times and in all places--but rather as a book better placed within both the contemporary cultural context and as part of a larger tradition of interpretation."--Explorefaith.org

"Wright is a provocative theologian... there is so much here that you will wish that it were longer-- but its brevity makes for easy reading and it certainly deserves to be read."--Church of England Newspaper

"The whole book gives further cause for gratitude for God's gift of Wright to his Church."--ANVIL

The best book of its kind available. --The Christian Century"

N. T. Wright opens for us a path beyond of the paralyzing polarization of liberal and conservative. --Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian"

In a fashion that is both old fashioned and new fangled at the same time Bishop Wright takes us through a sane and helpful study of what it means to treat the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. Highly Recommended! --Ben Witherington, author of The Brother of Jesus"

Written by one of the leading Christian thinkers in the world today, this book is a refreshing and accessible resource concerning the perennial question of biblical authority that moves the discussion beyond the liberal-conservative impasse of our times. Highly Recommended. --John R. Franke, Professor of Theology, Biblical Theological Seminary"

[P]robing, provocative, insightful This is a book of uncommon wisdom for all who read and love the Bible. --Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and Executive Editor of Christianity Today"

This wide-ranging whirlwind-tour account of Scripture channeling God s authority, with its tweaking of distortions back into shape and its first-class approach to Bible study, is masterly throughout. --J. I Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College"

Wright offers sensible insights on the transforming power of God, very necessary in these times of skepticism and confusion. --Publishers Weekly"

Scripture and the Authority of God is a fabulous book. With characteristic verve and occasionally pungent grace Scripture and the Authority of God could be the beginning of a more faithful listening, as well as sustaining more fruitful conversation about the nature of biblical interpretation. --Books&Culture"

Wright is a provocative theologian... there is so much here that you will wish that it were longer-- but its brevity makes for easy reading and it certainly deserves to be read. --Church of England Newspaper"

The whole book gives further cause for gratitude for God s gift of Wright to his Church. --ANVIL"

Wright appeals to the reader to take another look at the Bible, not as an isolated phenomenon a veritable rule book similarly applicable at all times and in all places but rather as a book better placed within both the contemporary cultural context and as part of a larger tradition of interpretation. --Explorefaith.org" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

"But what does scripture say?

That question has echoed through a thousand debates in the life of the worldwide church. All churches have officially endorsed strong statements about the centrality of scripture and its authority in their mission, life, doctrine, and discipline. But there is no agreement on what this might mean or how it might work in practice. Individuals and churches struggle with how to respond to issues such as war, homosexuality, and abortion, and especially how to interpret biblical passages that discuss these topics. These disagreements often serve to undermine our confidence in the authority of the Bible.

Bishop and Bible scholar N. T. Wright delivers a new model for how to understand the place of scripture and God s authority in the midst of religious confusion. Wright gives new life to the old, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concise statement on how to read the Bible today, restoring scripture as a place to find God s voice.

In this revised and expanded edition of the previously titled book The Last Word, Wright provides two case studies that delve into what it means to keep Sabbath and how Christians can defend marital monogamy. These studies offer not only bold biblical insights but also showcase Wright s new model for how to interpret scripture and restore its role as the church s main resource for teaching and guidance. Removing the baggage that the last 100 years of controversy and confusion have placed on this doctrine, Wright renews our confidence in the Bible and shows how it can once again serve as the living Word of God for our lives.

" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wright has written at great length about his views on the authority of Scripture, especially in NTPG. You get the impression that when he dedicates the book to Stephen Sykes and Robin Eames, the chairs of two boards Wright sits on, it is more than just a polite nod in their direction. This book seems to be a rapid response to a particular set of issues facing him in his ministry.

As such, it is a brilliant little book. In 100 pages it is never going to resolve the labyrinthine issues that face anyone asking the question "How can the Bible be authoritative" but Wright posts up a few signs in the right direction.

Superb illustrations and turns of phrase abound leaving you very clear as to what the author intends as he steps into a morass of contested terms. It is a superb little book to get one thinking anew on this crucial topic. Accessible to any interested reader. I cannot lay any major faults at its door.
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This popular little book, ten years old this year, is now reissued with minor revisions to reflect recent issues and two useful case studies ("neither is currently a 'buzzing' issue") on the Sabbath and Monogamy, to exemplify how the critical methods explained in the book can be applied in practice.

It is one of those 'get you started' volumes that addresses the arguments over a Christian viewpoint - in this case, that scriptural authority is in reality God's authority, so we must see scripture as God's viewpoint and neither the views of ancient nor modern theologians can be treated as conclusive. Tom Wright has the happy knack of explaining his argument succinctly and clearly, backing it up with scriptural and authoritative quotes, with references to larger works for the compulsive skeptic and ending with study suggestions for the compulsive student. What often pleases and surprises me is the sudden re-interpretations of familiar passages (which his own bible translation clarifies) in the light both of ancient and forgotten practice, and of modern scholarship and research of the texts and the ancient world and languages; all backed up by solid scholarship. The language is Wright's best layman's 'Tom' style rather than the deep 'N.T.' of his larger studies; nevertheless, you will need to learn a few new words ('eschatology', 'Sabbatarian' and so on) if you have no grounding in religious studies - a worthwhile investment of your time.

If you are looking for a brief exposition on why scripture must be taken seriously but not dogmatically, with the strength of the very finest scholarship and copious help to look further if you wish - then this is just the book to leave you satisfied.
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I endorse the quote on the front cover, 'the best book of its kind available.' For a lay person like myself, Tom Wright gives clear and valuable insight into how to approach the reading of Scripture. There is a very useful section on the misreading of Scripture. The book highlights the importance of Scripture and the need for teachers and preachers to open the Bible to people in the power of the Spirit.
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Tom Wright writes clearly and authoritatively. To quote one of the reviwers,' probing, provacative, insightful, ever reframing old questions and old debates, always inviting holy scripture as a living,dynamic reality'
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This book is a mixed bag as far as I'm concerned. I was helped by much of what was said, puzzled about what was left unsaid.

It an attempt to get `beyond the Bible wars' (from the subtitle of the American edition), Wright (deliberately?) omits any meaningful affirmation and explication of Scripture as the inspired word of God.

Wright defines `inspiration' in the following terms:-

"By his Spirit God guided the very different writers and editors, so that the books they produced were the books God intended his people to have."

Well, yes. But in the providence of God something similar could be said of any collection of books. For Wright, divine inspiration seems to imply divine providence, but the real question is whether inspiration implies divine endorsement.

It's OK to list some of the more troublesome misreadings of the `Right' and of the `Left' (78-81). It's helpful to be urged to see our role within the "five acts" of the narrative (creation, fall, Israel, Christ, the church). It's fine to be reminded that our reading of Scripture should be "totally contextual," "liturgically guided, "privately studied," "refreshed by appropriate scholarship," and "taught by the church's accredited leaders" (84-104).

But Wright simply does not discuss the most pressing question about the authority of Scripture. In Scripture, `the Word of God' implies, among other things, divine speech. We need to know, then, in what sense and to what extent the words of the Bible can be regarded as the words of God. On this point, he is unhelpfully silent.
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Refreshing and perplexing is how I found my first experience of reading the new Bishop of Durham. God's authority is excercised through Scripture is his thesis. I do not think he would add a Reformation sola, alone there, or would he? No, I think not. Wright gives us a good survey of how Scripture has been used and misused in church history. His ctitique of Enlightenment rationalism is a joy to read but I am not clear how he gets both liberals and fundamentalists to be heirs of Enlightenment.
He gives examples of what he considers misreadings of Scripture from both left and right. I only fall foul of one of his condemnations, believing capital punishment by the state is required by Scripture. Wright rules it out because he says many Church Fathers did. An appeal to tradition?
I understand from this what the good bishop does not believe but I think he could have clarified to us just what his belief really does mean. Perhaps the post-modernism he critiques so well has left him averse to giving a new creedal formulation for today concerning the authority of Scripture? Perhaps I need to read him again and more slowly. One thing I would have to look for is whether or not he ever uses the term evangelical in his work.
Revealed truth does need to be restated to meet the needs of the 21st century but is it to much too ask for a concise formula on Scripture, and the authority of God, preferrably one that could be used liturgically to confess the faith once delivered before the watching world?
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