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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: N. T. Wright Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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For me, says N.T.Wright, there has been no more stimulating exercise, for the mind, the heart, the imagination and the spirit, than trying to think Paul's thoughts after him and constantly to be stirred up to fresh glimpses of God's ways and purposes with the world and with us strange human creatures.

Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Decker | 2/17/2014

    " I had to read this book for class, so perhaps I didn't enter into reading this book with the most enthusiastic attitude. To start my knowledge of Paul is poor, so there might have been something I would have found more interesting I had the full story in my memory bank. I was not a huge fan of this book. I understand the intent of the book was to start a conversation, but it fails because the theories that it creates are pretty poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale Brown | 2/9/2014

    " This was a very dense book. I did not expect it to be such. However, it was a wonderful read. N.T. wright presented a very concise and yet thorough presentation of his Pauline Perspective in light of historical Pauline studies. It was a great introduction to that topic, though it might be a little difficult for some people to get into right away. If you work through though you will have a better understanding of St. Paul and his writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent Wilson | 2/4/2014

    " Based on a set of lectures, this book assumes a lot from readers - that you understand the pauline scholarship at at least a beginner's level. So it can be dense at timss. Full of interesting insights and analysis, consistnt with Wright's "traditionalist" stance. I found it persuasive and helpful in understanding Paul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/4/2014

    " A great, concise work on understanding the many worlds Paul straddled and which gave shape to his writings. A great primer on "The New Perspective on Paul." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/29/2014

    " N. T. Wright is always interesting and enjoyable to read; he is amazing with words. As his title infers, he does offer a "fresh perspective" on interpreting Paul. The question remains, is his interpretation correct? I don't see it necessary to say that either he's completely right or completely wrong. There are no doubt some salient points raised that will contribute to a better understanding of Paul. On the other hand, some of the fresh perspective that he offers goes too far. As a proponent of the "New Perspective", this definitely comes out in his writing. As Wright alludes to, the "New Perspective" is a moving target and there is not agreement among scholars holding to this perspective. Ultimately, my current sentiment is that there are some points that he raises that are worth adding to our understanding of justification by faith, but it is NOT the only or definitive word on the issue. It is far to forced, simplified, and reductionistic. The strength of his book is rooting and grounding Pauline thought in Judiasm, the 2nd Temple context, and covenants, which frame the lenses by which Wright then interprets Paul. Anyone interested in, or who studies Pauline Epistles will both want and need to read this work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/28/2014

    " This a the kind of book that paves the way for a real challenging encounter with our postmodern culture. This controversial orthodox scholar is paving the way for seeing the gospel in light of the biblical narrative. Paul is set in a context that makes his portion of the canon come to life. I read this while preaching through 1 Thessalonians and found it to be extremely helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Koch | 1/20/2014

    " A little wordy and dense, but very educational and thought provoking. A great challenge to see Paul through first century eyes with 21st century questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/1/2014

    " An alternate way of looking at the writings of the Apostle Paul. It is a deep book based on lectures. It is not for the casual reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 12/19/2013

    " I Read a different edition. Helped shed some new light on the Epistles and Paul's life, but I'm not sure Wright is correct on some of what he argues. Overall, quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/16/2013

    " Refreshing and insightful look indeed bringing some new thoughts and perspectives to the life and writings of Paul and his theology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Rothman | 12/8/2013

    " Unintelligble! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Wedgeworth | 11/22/2013

    " A good way to begin learning Wright's perspective on Paul. Some exciting insights, but a good bit of historical ignorance. Also, too much grandstanding about "new" and "fresh" discoveries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ejkotynski | 8/10/2013

    " It was hard to find much positive to say about Wright's book. He is vague, unclear, and lacks good footnotes. It is obvious why Piper wrote a book to refute him (because Wright is so influential) on these seemingly weird ways of looking at Paul. Wright's book "Justification" is far better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Coates | 1/16/2013

    " A great work, but the best is "The Theology of Paul the Apostle" by James D. G. Dunn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 9/26/2012

    " The only reason you should read N.T. Wright on this subject is to become aware, NOT to learn. And be sure you know the truth first because he is sneaky. He uses many of the right words but means something completely different because he has changed their definition. Beware... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Simone | 9/27/2011

    " This change my perspective on Paul. I do not look at the New Testament the same way. He will challenge ideas and traditional readings in ways you never thought you would imagine, yet he still manages to be "orthodox." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 9/10/2011

    " As always - NT Wright is way smarter than me and has a very intriguing fresh look at Paul. Be prepared to have him turn your brain soft and gooey as he brain dumps a new way of understanding Pauline literature! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Herrick | 5/28/2011

    " really, really good. Lots of new insight in "The New Perspective" on Paul movement. You'll never read Paul's epistles the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shu Lindsey | 5/27/2010

    " "Not 'Cogito, ergo sum' but 'Amor, ergo sum': I am loved, therefore I am. That is where Paul is in Galatians, 1 Corinthians and above all Romans." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 2/19/2010

    " I Read a different edition. Helped shed some new light on the Epistles and Paul's life, but I'm not sure Wright is correct on some of what he argues. Overall, quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/1/2009

    " Refreshing and insightful look indeed bringing some new thoughts and perspectives to the life and writings of Paul and his theology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/13/2008

    " really, really good. Lots of new insight in "The New Perspective" on Paul movement. You'll never read Paul's epistles the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/6/2007

    " This change my perspective on Paul. I do not look at the New Testament the same way. He will challenge ideas and traditional readings in ways you never thought you would imagine, yet he still manages to be "orthodox." "

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About the Author

N. T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, now serves as chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, After You Believe, Simply Jesus, How God Became King, and the series Christian Origins and the Question of God, and he is the translator of The Kingdom New Testament.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.