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The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians About two months ago, I set aside approximately 30 45 minutes a day to read this introduction to the New Testament by N T Wright, with assistance from Michael Bird It took me a little over two months to finish Personally, I have not been much of a fan of Wright, not because I don t like what he does but because I had not read or studied much of his material He came to prominence during the 25 year period when I was involved in bi vocational ministry, and just did not have or take the ti About two months ago, I set aside approximately 30 45 minutes a day to read this introduction to the New Testament by N T Wright, with assistance from Michael Bird It took me a little over two months to finish Personally, I have not been much of a fan of Wright, not because I don t like what he does but because I had not read or studied much of his material He came to prominence during the 25 year period when I was involved in bi vocational ministry, and just did not have or take the time to keep up with a lot of the new authors and materials that was being published But I read a review of this book, and discovered that it wasof a compiling of some of Wright s work and it offered a starting point for me to get a great overview of Wright s theological and textual work I thoroughly enjoyed the work, realizing that there were place s where the material was so far above my head that I would have to go back re read, and slowly digest the points that he was making Lots of the material real struck a nerve with some things that I had been thinking like the presence of God in the second temple , and other things made me scratch my head wondering where in the world did he come up with that or why would he believe that I loved the pictures that were place throughout the text, the emails between the student and the teacher discussing the problems in New Testament studies , the further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter, the outline of the chapters at the beginning, all the information boxes inserted in the pages explaining some point, or explaining its history, etc , and the Bibliography All of those just demonstrated to me how muchthat I have to learn One thing that I really did not like, was the window in the dust cover mine tore before I was halfway through the book To be perfectly honest, the likely reason I gave this book 4 stars, was my own intellectual shortcomings My undergraduate work was done at a small Bible college in North Alabama that was very conservative, and it seemed to me that Wright tried to straddle the fence between the conservative and liberal views One of my graduate school professors told me concerning questions of authorship, date, and text , just study what you are given, and preach that I m not saying that Wright is wrong about the views concerning those subjects, just that they are beyond things that I have ever given a whole lot of study My point of emphasis has always been the exegesis and exposition of the text, and not the theology of the book or text I am trying to overcome that weakness I would recommend this book to any serious student of the Scripture, but I don t know that reading it all the way through is the best use of it Wow.Genuinely brilliant.Even the slightly annoying emails from the edge gradually made sense.Beautifully produced, written in a way that draws you in, and wonderfully fair and irenic to various views.Recommended. This was fascinating to listen to I learned a lot and had much to think about each topic I initially bought the audiobook due to some research I was doing But I got muchthan expected Highly recommended. This is contextual theology at its very finest N.T Wright is one of the most acclaimed, and prolific New Testament scholars alive today, and his written work is far reaching, and remarkably dense In this book, Wright, with help of fellow New Testament scholar Michael Bird, has produced a condensed version of his entire literary corpus in a single volume Presented in the format of a New Testament introduction, this volume begins with preliminary questions concerning the nature of the New Te This is contextual theology at its very finest N.T Wright is one of the most acclaimed, and prolific New Testament scholars alive today, and his written work is far reaching, and remarkably dense In this book, Wright, with help of fellow New Testament scholar Michael Bird, has produced a condensed version of his entire literary corpus in a single volume Presented in the format of a New Testament introduction, this volume begins with preliminary questions concerning the nature of the New Testament, then quickly moves on to explore the historical context in which it was written After this superb historical survey, the authors then broadly examine both the history, and theology of each book of the New Testament Wright is one of the preeminent historians of the second temple period, and the historical Jesus His facility to discern, and convey the grand picture of Christian Theology, and narrative is perhaps the best that I have encountered When zeroing in onmicro level textual interpretations, Wright does sometimes adopt novel solutions Though, this critique is less applicable to this work, given its scope Readers may not always agree with the conclusions of Wright, and Bird, but I have little doubt that they will be educated by their work Reviewing right now Wonderful I read through this so quickly because I was encompassed by it Great format of teaching how a first century person would have understood a first century book like the New Testament The writing is beautiful and the authors raise up a beautiful picture of faith, hope, and love for today s church that is still being shaped by the raised Son of God in the New Testament. I was tempted to give this four stars as it does drag at points, but the beginning and end alone are worth the price of admission Interestingly enough they often don t come down on classic NT Intro questions like date, authorship, etc Wright in particular s and Bird is pretty great as well sermonic prose is convicting, especially considering his academic and popular audience The world will probably raise its cynical eyebrows can these things really be true Yes, answers the church and I was tempted to give this four stars as it does drag at points, but the beginning and end alone are worth the price of admission Interestingly enough they often don t come down on classic NT Intro questions like date, authorship, etc Wright in particular s and Bird is pretty great as well sermonic prose is convicting, especially considering his academic and popular audience The world will probably raise its cynical eyebrows can these things really be true Yes, answers the church and they come about as people worship the God in whose image they are made, as they follow the Lord who bore their sins and rose from the dead, as they are indwelt by his spirit and thereby given new life, a new way of life, a new zest for life I love Tom Wright s work, so I was excited to listen to Parts 1 and 2 of this audiobook I ended up being really disappointed, not in the content, but in the presentation I have found out that the audio from this audiobook is not a reading of Wright s book entitled, The New Testament in Its World, but rather it is the audio from a video series that accompanies a Bible study based on that book Because of that, the audio quality fluctuates, and there are even times where his words are hard to I love Tom Wright s work, so I was excited to listen to Parts 1 and 2 of this audiobook I ended up being really disappointed, not in the content, but in the presentation I have found out that the audio from this audiobook is not a reading of Wright s book entitled, The New Testament in Its World, but rather it is the audio from a video series that accompanies a Bible study based on that book Because of that, the audio quality fluctuates, and there are even times where his words are hard to hear I really want to read the actual book, which is said to be a compilation of Wright s greatest hits from his previous books, but this audiobook does not give me that exact content Because of that, my 2 star rating reflects my disappointment with what this audiobook ended up being, again, not that Wright s content is poor.Online, I found a list of each of the sections included on the video series, so here is that list Session Titles and Runtimes 0 Welcome to the Study 13 min 1 Beginning Study of the New Testament 19 min 2 The New Testament as History 5 min 3 The New Testament as Literature 18 min 4 The New Testament as Theology 19 min 5 The History of the Jews between the Persian and Roman Empires 10 min 6 The Jewish Context of Jesus and the Early Church 9 min 7 The Greco Roman Context of the Early Church 14 min 8 The Study of the Historical Jesus 24 min 9 The Profile and Praxis of a Prophet 15 min 10 Who Did Jesus Think He Was 45 min 11 The Death of the Messiah 9 min 12 The Afterlife in Greek, Roman, and Jewish Thought 11 min 13 The Story of Easter according to the Apostle Paul 35 min 14 The Story of Easter according to the Evangelists 41 min 15 The Story of Paul s Life and Ministry 9 min 16 A Primer on Pauline Theology 24 min 17 Galatians 23 min 18 1 and 2 Thessalonians 25 min 19 Philippians 25 min 20 Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians 28 min 21 1 and 2 Corinthians 29 min 22 Romans 23 min 23 The Pastoral Epistles 31 min 24 The Gospel according to Mark 21 min 25 The Gospel according to Matthew 19 min 26 The Gospel according to Luke and Acts of the Apostles 31 min 27 The Gospel according to John 23 min 28 The Making of the Gospels 11 min 29 Introduction to the Early Christian Letters 6 min 30 The Letter to the Hebrews 16 min 31 Letters by Jesus Brothers James and Jude 17 min 32 Petrine Letters 1 and 2 Peter 17 min 33 Johannine Letters 1, 2, and 3 John 16 min 34 Revelation 20 min 35 Introduction to Textual Criticism of the New Testament 18 min 36 The Canonization of the New Testament 6 min 37 Bringing It All Together 32 min I m not sure exactly which session Part 1 got to, but it was somewhere in the middle, near the Paul content I won t be listening to Part 2 Very clear and helpful on the historical background of the NT world Also very helpful in summarizing scholarly debates and perspectives on a variety of issues surrounding authorship and dating of each NT book.Funny thing, though Michael Bird has gone on record a number of times saying that the New Perspective on Paul is generally correct in what it affirms, but often wrong in what it denies For example, see this interview However, despite Bird s herculean effort at condensing Wright s co Very clear and helpful on the historical background of the NT world Also very helpful in summarizing scholarly debates and perspectives on a variety of issues surrounding authorship and dating of each NT book.Funny thing, though Michael Bird has gone on record a number of times saying that the New Perspective on Paul is generally correct in what it affirms, but often wrong in what it denies For example, see this interview However, despite Bird s herculean effort at condensing Wright s corpus into a single volume, he does not escape this inscrutable flaw of making all kinds of puzzling denials This, I presume, is one source of Wright s negative press in some circles.Perhaps in an attempt to distinguish himself from the admittedly oft unexamined theological tradition, Wright comes out with stark denials of clear and widely accepted Christian tradition In reading what Wright asserts, there is typically not much to get upset about He does fabulously at helping us to think our way through a text in its context But in making his denials, he paints a gratuitous target on his backonly to subvert his own denial a few sentences or paragraphs later.Case in point The whole point of the sacrificial system was never, after all, about animals being killed by way of vicarious punishment That notion has crept into Christian understandings of sacrifice by an illegitimate transfer of ideas from Paul s law court imagery The point was not to punish people s sins so that they could enter God s presence, but to cleanse every trace of sin and death from the people and the sanctuary so that God could come to dwell with them The sacrificial blood acted as the cleansing, purifying agent so that the stain of death, and the sin which leads to it, would not compel God to absent himself In the same way, the point here is not to enable people to come into God s presence though from our point of view that appears part of it but to enable the living God to dwell in us and with us p 723, italics added.Such paragraphs are littered all throughout the book Wright gets maximum shock value from denying some widely and historically held belief He then proposes a nuanced yet helpful way of viewing the issue Then he hands us back the traditional perspective, if not on a silver platter, at least on a rubber placemat In other words, his dichotomies between what he denies and what he affirms are not nearly as starkly antithetical as he himself appears to suggest.So I find that, if I don t get too worked up about the stringent denials of things I hold dear, Wright can be rather stimulating and insightful Take those denials out of context, and he sounds extreme In context, however, the denialsoften than not simply overstate a fair point.I profited much from this important work, and you just might as well Finally An Introduction That Captures The Excitement Of The Early Christians, Helping Today S Readers To Think Like A First Century Believer While Reading The Text Responsibly For TodayThe New Testament In Its World Is Your Passageway From The Twenty First Century To The Era Of Jesus And The First Christians A Highly Readable, One Volume Introduction Placing The Entire New Testament And Early Christianity In Its Original Context, It Is The Only Such Work By Distinguished Scholar And Author N T Tom WrightAn Ideal Guide For Students, The New Testament In Its World Addresses The Many Difficult Questions Faced By Those Studying Early Christianity Both Large And Small, These Questions Include What Is The Purpose Of The New Testament What Was The First Century Understanding Of The Kingdom What Is The Real Meaning Of The Resurrection In Its Original Context What Really Were The Gospels Who Was Paul And Why Are His Letters So Controversial As Twenty First Century People, How Do We Recover The Excitement Of What It Was Like To Live As Christians In The First Or Second Centuries In Short, The New Testament In Its World Brings Together Decades Of Ground Breaking Research, Writing, And Teaching Into One Volume That Will Open Readers Eyes To The Larger World Of The New Testament It Presents The New Testament Books As Historical, Literary, And Social Phenomena Located In The World Of Second Temple Judaism, Amidst Greco Roman Politics And Culture, And Within Early Christianity Written For Both Classroom And Personal Use, The Benefits Of The New Testament In Its World Include A Distillation Of The Life Work Of N T Wright On The New Testament With Input From Michael BirdHistorical Context That Situates Jesus And The Early Church Within The History, Culture, And Religion Of Second Temple Judaism And The Greco Roman WorldMajor Sections On The Historical Jesus, The Resurrection Of Jesus, And Paul S Chronology And TheologySurveys Of Each New Testament Book That Discuss Their Significance, Critical Topics Like Authorship And Date, And That Provide Commentary On Contents Along With Implications For The Christian LifeUp To Date Discussions Of Textual Criticism And The Canonization Of The New TestamentA Concluding Chapter Dedicated To Living The Story Of The New TestamentAvailable Video And Workbook Companion Resources To Enhance Learning And Experience The World Of The New TestamentIllustrated With Visually Rich Pictures, Maps, Charts, Diagrams, And Artwork Plentiful Sidebars Provide Additional Explanations And Insights


About the Author: N.T. Wright

N T Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England 2003 2010 and one of the world s leading Bible scholars He is now serving as the 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 NBC, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air, and he has taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford universities Wright is the award winning author of Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, The Last Word, The Challenge of Jesus, The Meaning of Jesus coauthored with Marcus Borg , as well as the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.He also publishes under Tom Wright.


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