Book Notice: Jesus, Paul, and the People of God

Nicholas Perrin and Richard B. Hays (eds.)
Jesus, Paul and the People of God
294 pages, US$24 (Paperback)
Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.

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This book is a collection of essays from the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference, where colleagues, ex-students and friends of Tom Wright gathered to critically appreciate Wright’s scholarly work, particularly in the two themes that have occupied him for decades: the study of historical Jesus and Pauline studies. The conference and the book also invited Wright to reflect on the state of scholarship in Jesus and Paul and to respond to the preceding talks, respectively. Hence a Festschrift-like volume but with relatively more coherent topics as a whole. The contributors and their essays are as follow:

Part I: Jesus and the People of God

1. Marianne Meye Thompson, Jesus and the Victory of God Meets the Gospel of John

2. Richard B. Hays, Knowing Jesus: Story, History and the Question of Truth

3. Sylvia C. Keesmat and Brian J. Walsh, “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends”: Jesus and the Justice of God

4. Nicholas Perrin, Jesus’ Eschatology and Kingdom Ethics: Ever the Twain Shall Meet

5. N. T. Wright, Whence and Whither Historical Jesus Studies in the Life of the Church?

Part II: Paul and the People of God

1. Edith M. Humphrey, Glimpsing the Glory: Paul’s Gospel, Righteousness and the Beautiful Feet of N. T. Wright

2. Jeremy S. Begbie, The Shape of Things to Come? Wright Amidst Emerging Ecclesiologies

3. Markus Bockmuehl, Did St. Paul Go to Heaven When He Died?

4. Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Wrighting the Wrongs of the Reformation? The State of the Union with Christ in St. Paul and Protestant Soteriology

5. N. T. Wright, Whence and Whither Pauline Studies in the Life of the Church?

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