Book Details

God and the Faithfulness of Paul: A Critical Examination of the Pauline Theology of N.T. Wright 
Ed. by Christoph Heilig, J. Thomas Hewitt and Michael F. Bird
2016. VIII, 833 pages. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 413


N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God is the culmination of his long, influential, and often controversial career – a landmark study of the history and thought of the Apostle Paul, which attempts to make fresh suggestions in a variety of sub-fields of New Testament studies. This volume brings together a group of international scholars to critically weigh and assess an array of issues in Wright’s work, including methodology, first-century contextual factors, exegetical findings, and theological implications. In so doing, the volume’s contributors bring these facets of Paul and the Faithfulness of God into dialogue with the current state of scholarship in both Anglophone and German contexts. It thus offers both a critical evaluation of Wright’s accomplishment as well as an excellent overview of and introduction to issues that are hotly debated within contemporary Pauline studies.

Table of Contents

Part I: Prologue
Michael F. Bird/Christoph Heilig and J. Thomas Hewitt: Introduction – Benjamin Schliesser: Paul and the Faithfulness of God among Pauline Theologies

Part II: Methodological Issues
Oda Wischmeyer: N. T. Wright’s Biblical Hermeneutics Considered from A German Exegetical Perspective – Andreas Losch: Wright’s Version of Critical Realism – Theresa Heilig and Christoph Heilig: Historical Methodology – Eve-Marie Becker: Wright’s Paul and the Paul of Acts. A Critique of Pauline Exegesis – Inspired by Lukan Studies – Steve Moyise: Wright’s Understanding of Paul’s Use of Scripture – Joel R. White: N. T. Wright’s Narrative Approach

Part III: Contextual Issues
James H. Charlesworth: Wright’s Paradigm of Early Jewish Thought. Avoidance of Anachronisms? – Gregory E. Sterling: Wisdom or Foolishness? The Role of Philosophy in the Thought of Paul – Seyoon Kim: Paul and the Roman Empire – James Hanges: “A World of Shrines and Groves.” N. T. Wright and Paul among the Gods

Part IV: Exegetical Issues
Gregory Tatum: Law and Covenant in Paul and the Faithfulness of God – Sigurd Grindheim: Election and the Role of Israel – Jörg Frey: Demythologizing Apocalyptic? On N. T. Wright’s Paul, Apocalyptic Interpretation, and the Constraints of Construction – Aquila H. I. Lee: Messianism and Messiah in Paul. Christ as Jesus? – James D. G. Dunn: An Insider’s Perspective on Wright’s Version of the New Perspective on Paul – Peter Stuhlmacher: N. T. Wright’s Understanding of Justification and Redemption – Torsten Jantsch: God and His Faithfulness in Paul. Aspects of the History of Research in Light of the Letter to the Romans – J. Thomas Hewitt and Matthew V. Novenson: Participationism and Messiah Christology in Paul – Larry W. Hurtado: YHWH’s Return to Zion. A New Catalyst for Earliest High Christology? – John R. (Jack) Levison: The Spirit in Its Second Temple Context. An Exegetical Analysis of the Pneumatology of N. T. Wright – Richard H. Bell: Individual Eschatology – Volker Rabens: The Faithfulfness of God and Its Effects on Faithful Living: A Critical Analysis of Tom Wright’s Faithfulness to Paul’s Ethics

Part V: Implications
James Crossley and Katie Edwards: Paul and the Faithfulness of God as Postmodern Scholarship – Edith M. Humphrey: Bishop Wright. Sacramentality and the Role of Sacraments – Frank D. Macchia: The Spirit and God’s Return to Indwell a People. A Systematic Theologian’s Response to N. T. Wright’s Reading of Paul’s Pneumatology – Andrew McGowan: Ecclesiology as Ethnology. The Church in N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God – Eckhard J. Schnabel: Evangelism and the Mission of the Church – Sven Ensminger: Barth, Wright, and Theology

Part VI: Epilogue
N. T. Wright: The Challenge of Dialogue: A Partial and Preliminary Response