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The Resource Paul : a biography, N.T. Wright

Paul : a biography, N.T. Wright

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Paul : a biography
Title
Paul
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
N.T. Wright
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Offers a radical look at the life of the apostle, focusing on the essence of Paul's life and an understanding of his Jewish heritage
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Writing style
Review
  • To some extent, Wright (New Testament and early Christianity, Univ. of St. Andrews; Paul and the Faithfulness of God) is not providing a biography of the apostle Paul—there just isn't enough historical data for that. However, with the sources available, Wright is after the central concerns that impelled his subject, in particular the idea of zeal and faith as reckoned as righteousness. In many ways, this is a distillation of Wright's most recent works. His view of Paul is a mix of conservative biblical scholarship—e.g., he takes the "we" passages in the Book of Acts to be Luke's firsthand report and argues that most, if not all the so-called disputed letters of Paul are authentic—and a radical reworking of biblical theology, in which his own Exile theory is central. Wright offers a sense of the cultural, political, intellectual, and spiritual forces of that time that acted in the development of Paul's thought. VERDICT Walking a fine line between presenting a fresh biblical perspective in Pauline theology and reworking the Pauline corpus according to his own biblical theology, Wright's work, although intended for the informed layperson, will spark much debate among scholars and students. --James Wetherbee (Reviewed 02/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 2, p89)
  • /* Starred Review */ Wright (New Testament and Early Christianity/University of St. Andrews; The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion, 2016, etc.) draws from a lifetime of study on the figure of Paul to construct this useful biography of the early Christian missionary. Though there is no shortage of extant material about Paul, who helped establish Christianity as a growing religion in the Mediterranean basin, the author is nevertheless able to provide a much-needed fresh voice to the body of Pauline studies. Blending solid scholarship and analysis with a respect for and, indeed, belief in the text, Wright provides a solid introduction to Paul written not for the skeptic but for the believer. He is a fluid writer whose work is accessible and engrossing. Throughout, Wright attempts to discover "what made Paul tick." What he discovers is a man driven from his youth by zeal and inspired by a passion for his scriptural antecedents. Once confronted with the new reality of Jesus Christ, revealed to him in a vision on the road to Damascus, Paul was forced to reassess his belief system and, ultimately, his life's course. Instead of getting bogged down in inconsistencies with Paul's timeline, as do many scholars, Wright takes these elements in stride and looks to the realities of what Paul must have been dealing with, wherever and with whomever being of secondary importance. Paul realized that Jesus represented not a new religion but a fulfillment of his Jewish beliefs; with that understanding firmly in his mind, he set out to share it with the world. Along the way, he suffered greatly, in ways that Wright brilliantly exposes by drawing forth from the text the tapestry of anxieties, broken relationships, beatings, imprisonments, and other crises that dogged his life and ministry. A very human Paul, brought to life by an experienced teacher and pastor—an excellent introduction for general readers. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2017)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10622484
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wright, N. T.
Dewey number
  • 225.92
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BS2506.3
LC item number
.W749 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Paul
  • Christianity
Target audience
adult
Label
Paul : a biography, N.T. Wright
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-446) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Into Europe
  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Ephesus
  • Ephesus
  • Corinth
  • Jerusalem again
  • The sea, the sea
  • From Caesarea to Rome and beyond
  • The challenge of Paul
  • Beginnings
  • Zeal
  • Damascus
  • Arabia and Tarsus
  • Antioch
  • Herald of the king
  • Cyprus and Galatia
  • Antioch and Jerusalem
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 464 pages
Isbn
9780061730580
Lccn
2017027846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 988858994
  • (OCoLC)988858994
Label
Paul : a biography, N.T. Wright
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-446) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Into Europe
  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Ephesus
  • Ephesus
  • Corinth
  • Jerusalem again
  • The sea, the sea
  • From Caesarea to Rome and beyond
  • The challenge of Paul
  • Beginnings
  • Zeal
  • Damascus
  • Arabia and Tarsus
  • Antioch
  • Herald of the king
  • Cyprus and Galatia
  • Antioch and Jerusalem
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 464 pages
Isbn
9780061730580
Lccn
2017027846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 988858994
  • (OCoLC)988858994

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