Paul the human This is a superb new book which comes from the man generally acknowledged to be the leading living New Testament scholar, Tom Wright. Itâs in many ways a culmination of his vast life’s work in theology, much of which looks at Paulâs writings. Devotees of Wright will recognise many of his previous themes. Now however he has recast his great theological scholarship on the Pauline epistles into a biographical form. It is more accessible and somewhat less lengthy than the more specialist works and…
Tom Wright understands Paul more than anyone else alive In the late 1980s John Wenham said to me that he thought Tom Wright understood Paul more than anyone else alive. Thirty years later, if he were still alive, I am sure that having read this book, John would give the same verdict. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but there are so many insights into Paul’s situation and attempts to fill gaps in the record that resonate as being more probable than any other suggestions, that I already feel that the book has repaid its cost in the inspiration it…
Tom doesn’t seem to think the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible I enjoyed the book but Tom’s doctrine is clearly not one of a man who thinks that the Word of God is infallible, written by the Holy Spirit and God breathed. He thinks Paul wrote the Epistles of his own volition and doesn’t see the Spirit at work in Paul’s letters. God wrote the Bible and the NT. Not Paul.The Bible is not alive to Tom, waiting to fulfill hundreds more prophecies and telling us the future before it happens. Everything has happened in the past and “the end of the…
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