A Summary of Chapter 8 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

1. Introduction Chapter 8 is entitled “Jesus, Paul and the Task of the Church”. 2. Jesus and Paul Some scholars have said there is a mismatch between the teaching of Jesus and Paul.  N.T. Wright believes these scholars are working under the false assumption that Jesus and Paul had the same purpose. I have argued…

A Summary of Chapter 7 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

1.  Introduction Chapter 7 is entitled “Reimagining God’s Future”.  Monotheism and election lead to eschatology.  Due to the present state of the world and Israel, the God of Israel (election), the one and only God (monotheism), must act in the future to make things right (eschatology). 2. Jewish Eschatology in the First Century The defeat…

A Summary of Chapter 6 of Paul: In Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

1. Introduction Chapter 6 is entitled “Reworking God’s People”. It concerns Paul’s view of God’s people and how he went about establishing and nurturing his churches. 2. Election: Jewish Views of God’s People In both Old Testament and second-Temple literature Israel is viewed as God’s chosen people. God gave the Israelites a land to live…

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…

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…