signature contention, that Israel’s continuing exile was a pivotal issue in the emergence of Christianity, has found a central place in contemporary New Testament scholarship.
While many find this a compelling key to understanding the New Testament, critical responses also abound. This book engages a variety of scholars in conversation with Wright’s thesis. The scene is set in an introduction by James M. Scott, who has made significant contributions to the debate. Then, in a programmatic essay, Wright clearly restates his thesis. Next come eleven essays from scholars such as Walter Brueggemann, Philip Alexander, Jörn Kiefer, Dorothy Peters, and Scot McKnight. They interact with Wright’s thesis from various perspectives: Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, early Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the New Testament. Hans Boersma and Ephraim Radner then engage Wright’s thesis from theological perspectives. Finally, Wright offers a lively response to his interlocutors.
This month, Logos Bible Software’s free book is N. T. Wright’s Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Christian Discipleship (SPCK, 1994). The book falls into two parts:
Part one outlines the essential messages of six major New Testament books—Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark, and Revelation. Part two examines six key New Testament themes—resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life—and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples.
The companion volume for $1.99 is Wright’s Who Was Jesus? (SPCK, 1991).
Larry Hurtado has kindly made available the pre-publication version of his essay “YHWH’s Return to Zion: A New Catalyst for Earliest High Christology?” in the recent God and the Faithfulness of Paul: A Critical Examination of the Pauline Theology of N. T. Wright, edited by Christoph Heilig, Thomas Hewitt, and Michael Bird (WUNT 2/413; Mohr Siebeck, 2016).
The latest reviews from the Review of Biblical Literature include:
- Robert B. Chisholm Jr., A Commentary on Judges and Ruth, reviewed by Mark E. Biddle
- John W. Daniels Jr., Gossiping Jesus: The Oral Processing of Jesus in John’s Gospel, reviewed by Peter J. Judge
- John Goldingay, Isaiah 56-66: Introduction, Text, and Commentary, reviewed by Johanna Erzberger
- Steven A. Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie, and Ruben Zimmermann, eds., Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John, reviewed by Craig R. Koester
- Demetrios S. Katos, Palladius of Helenopolis: The Origenist Advocate, reviewed by Jon F. Dechow
- Phillip J. Long, Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as a Wedding Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels, reviewed by Marianne Blickenstaff
- Roberto Martínez, The Question of John the Baptist and Jesus’ Indictment of the Religious Leaders: A Critical Analysis of Luke 7:18–35, reviewed by Brian C. Dennert and by Bart J. Koet
- Benjamin J. Segal, A New Psalm: The Psalms as Literature, reviewed by Hallvard Hagelia
- N. T. Wright, Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978–2013, reviewed by Russell Morton