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Just about five stars
on 24 July 2015
It's hard not to agree with Tom Wright but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.
Having read this entire series to date I found this extremely difficult to rate. If you've read the other three volumes in the series, you could almost skip the first 600 pages (part I and II) of 'Paul and the Faithfulness of God.' There is an interesting piece of exegesis on Onesimus, but not really worth the time required to wade through the the first of this two-part tome. There is also not very much to surprise you along the way - but only IF you've already read the Jesus and the Victory of God (JVG), the New Testament and the People of God (NTPG), and the Resurrection of the Son of God (RSG).
However, I gave it the five stars simply because it does remain an outstanding, superb, magnificent piece of work in its own right. If you've not read much on Paul - I believe this is the best introduction, and is - as usual - brilliantly well written.
Some criticisms, but fairly minor and tentative:
1 - There is little evidence of development or change or even evolution in the author's hermeneutic views since the publication of NTPG back in 1992.
2 - Being as popular as he is, it must be difficult to keep hold of the fallibility of one's own views, and sometimes he's a little too arrogant in his assertions about subjects beyond his own range of knowledge. (E.g., I find his views on postmodernity excruciating, and on non-Anglican ecclesiastical traditions naively dismissive.)
3 - As everyone states, it is TOO long, unnecessarily long, unhelpfully long.
Tom Wright is not the best interpreter of Paul, but for all my reservations if you're new to Wright or New to Pauline scholarship, then I think this does deserve five stars.