A Summary of Chapter 5 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

1. Introduction This chapter is entitled "Rethinking God". Jews typically focus on monotheism, election, and eschatology when they look at theology systematically. Paul's views can be studied under these categories as well. N.T. Wright explains the interrelationship of these themes in Paul as follows (p. 84): (1) The one God is revealed not only as …

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A Summary of Chapter 4 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

1. Introduction This chapter is entitled "Gospel and Empire" and is meant to show how Paul's message subverted the ideology of the Roman empire. Before diving in, Wright reminds us of a couple of facts. First, Paul should be placed on the map of political opinion that existed in second-Temple Judaism and not on a …

A Summary of Chapter 3 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

1. Introduction This chapter is entitled "Messiah and Apocalyptic." N.T. Wright intends to look at the concept of Messiahship and how Paul's view of Jesus as the Messiah allows him to draw on Jewish apocalyptic thought. The apocalypse, or revealing, of the true Lord of the world challenges the claims of pagan empire and will …

A Summary of Chapter 2 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

1. Creation and Covenant in the Old Testament N.T. Wright finds the themes of creation and covenant to be at the center of Judaism and Paul's thought. He demonstrates his understanding of these terms by looking at some passages from the Old Testament. He begins with Psalm 19. The first six verses celebrate the fact …

A Summary of Chapter 1 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

Chapter 1 sets the stage for the rest of the book. The main point is that Paul lived within at least four different worlds and that to understand Paul we must understand the worlds he lived in. These four worlds are: (1) Second Temple Judaism, (2) first-century Hellenism, (3) the Roman Empire, and (4) the …

A Summary of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by NT Wright

This page serves as a table of contents to my summary of N.T. Wright's Paul: In Fresh Perspective (published in Minneapolis by Fortress Press in 2005). The book is a reworking of the Hulsean Lectures he gave at Cambridge University (p. ix). The book does not claim to be a thorough and balanced overview of …