Derek R. Brown
Paul and the Faithfulness of God
Fortress Press, 2013
This book is N.T. Wright’s fourth volume in the Christian Origins and the Question of God series, which began in 1992 with the publication of The New Testament and the People of God. The previous volumes in the series looked at the theological and historical background to the New Testament, the life and aims of Jesus, and the resurrection of Christ. This volume examines the Apostle Paul’s theology and worldview across two books totaling 1,700 pages.
Wright breaks up his argument into four sections: Paul and his world, the mindset of the apostle, Paul’s theology and Paul’s gospel in his world. Wright uses categories and terminology established in the previous volumes to argue that Paul “reworked” the Jewish theological framework of monotheism, election and eschatology around the Messiah (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. The book also touches on issues related to justification, God’s faithfulness and the church as the key symbol of Paul’s worldview.
In Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Wright combines in-depth historical and theological exegesis and his knowledge of biblical scholarship to make his tcase about Paul and his theology. The book will be useful for those interested in the academic study of the Apostle Paul.