Monday, April 24, 2006

Paul: Fresh Perspectives

Today I started reading a book called "Paul: Fresh Perspectives" by N.T. Wright . I've only read the first few chapters, and already it looks like a very interesting book. The outline of this book is as follows:
  • The first chapter froms a general introduction
  • The next three chapters look at major Pauline themes - Creation and Covenant, Messiah and Apocalyptic, Gospel and Empire
  • The fifth to seventh chapters form a miniature systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought - Rethinking God, Reworking God's people and Reimagining God's Future
  • A final chapter looks at some key themes - Jesus, Paul and The Task of the Church

The author of the book Tom Wright claims that reading Paul is like climbing a mountain. Those who are used only to the easy tourist path sometimes forget that scaling the vertical craggs is not only more exciting but might sometimes get you to the top more quickly. There will be surprises and riches in store; just when you think you've got Paul's measure, he chuckles nad forces you to read a passage you thought you knew well in a quite different light.

I am really looking forward to continue climbing 'the craggy mountain' by taking this different path / route through looking at Paul in fresh perspectives.


Mark D said...

Sounds like a great book!

Kitty Cheng said...

Yes I couldn't put the book down last night even when it was bed time hehe. Will write more about the contents of it later.

Kc said...

Dr. Burk at Criswell reviewed this book here. I would be anxious to see if you come to a similar conclusion.

Kitty Cheng said...

Kc,thanks for suggesting Dr. Burk's review. I am also eager to continue reading this book, and find out more about it. I guess I might come to a different conclusion, simply because this is the first book I'm reading on N.T. Wright, but we'll see :)