Saving the World, Revealing the Glory: Atonement Then and Now

Saving the World, Revealing the Glory: Atonement Then and Now Rt. Revd. Prof. N T Wright DD FRSE St Mellitus’ College, London October 17 2016   The deft artistry and fathomless theology of John’s gospel is powerfully displayed in the footwashing scene in chapter 13. In a few strokes of the pen we are offered […]

The Dangerous Vocations: Church, Media and Public Life in a Post-Rational World

The Dangerous Vocations: Church, Media and Public Life in a Post-Rational World Church’s Media Network Conference RSA, London, 20 October 2016 Prof N T Wright, University of St Andrews I have two brief preliminary points, three somewhat fuller comments about the developments that have taken place in my adult lifetime, and then – my main […]

Wouldn’t You Love to Know? Towards a Christian View of Reality

Wouldn’t You Love to Know? Towards a Christian View of Reality Grasping the Nettle: Glasgow, September 1 2016 Rt Revd Prof N T Wright, St Andrews We live in a strange world, and things one group of people take for granted can be quite opaque to another. I’ve heard it said that in Germany everything […]

Righteousness

(Originally published in New Dictionary of Theology. David F. Wright, Sinclair B. Ferguson, J.I. Packer (eds), 590-592. IVP. Reproduced by permission of the author.)

Righteousness. The basic meaning of ‘righteousness’ and its cognates in the Bible derives from the Hebrew sedeq, which was usually translated in the LXX as dikaiosynē. It thus denotes not so much the abstract idea of justice or virtue, as right standing and consequent right behaviour, within a community. English translates this semantic field with two different roots: ‘right’, ‘righteous’, and ‘righteousness’ and ‘just’, ‘justice’, ‘justify’ and ‘justification’. In Heb. and Gk., however, these ideas all belong together linguistically and theologically.

The Lord’s Prayer as a Paradigm of Christian Prayer

(Originally published in Into God’s Presence: Prayer in the New Testament, ed. R.L. Longenecker. 2001, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 132-54.  Reproduced by permission of the author.) N. T. WRIGHT “AS OUR SAVIOR CHRIST hath commanded and taught us, we are bold to say: ‘Our Father. . . .’”  So runs the old liturgical formula, stressing the […]

Women’s Service in the Church: The Biblical Basis 

a conference paper for the Symposium, ‘Men, Women and the Church’ St John’s College, Durham, September 4 2004 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright I am very grateful to the organisers for inviting me to address this important conference, and only sorry that because of other duties I have been unable to […]

New Perspectives on Paul

Delivered at the Tenth Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference Introduction I am grateful for the invitation to this conference, and for the sensitive way in which the organisers responded to my comments on the initial outline of the programme. I am aware that fresh interpretations of Paul, including my own, have caused controversy in evangelical circles, and […]

Farewell to the Rapture

(N.T. Wright, Bible Review, August 2001.  Reproduced by permission of the author) Little did Paul know how his colorful metaphors for Jesus’ second coming would be misunderstood two millennia later. The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.  Seen from my side of the […]

Jesus and the Identity of God

Originally published in Ex Auditu 1998, 14, 42–56.  Reproduced by permission of the author. To address the subject of the theological significance of the earthly Jesus I take as my topic the central question of Jesus and God.  The question must be approached from both sides.  First, in what sense, if any, can we meaningfully use the word “god” to […]

The Letter to the Galatians: Exegesis and Theology

(Originally published in Between Two Horizons: Spanning New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology Joel B. Green and Max Turner, eds., 2000, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 205–36. Reproduced by permission of the author.) N. T. WRIGHT The dense and dramatic argument of Galatians excites and baffles by turns.  Sometimes perceived as a flamboyant younger sister of the […]

Jesus’ Resurrection and Christian Origins

Originally published in Gregorianum, 2002, 83/4, 615–635.  Reproduced by permission of the author. Introduction The question of Jesus’ resurrection continues to haunt the thinking and writing of many scholars.  I shall not debate in detail with them here; there are other places for that.  I want instead to sketch, in broad strokes, a historical argument about what happened three days […]

The Historical Jesus and Christian Theology

Originally published in Sewanee Theological Review 39, 1996. Reproduced by permission of author. he quest for the historical Jesus began as a protest against traditional Christian dogma, but when the supposedly ‘‘neutral” historians peered into the well, all they saw was a featureless Jesus. Even when scholars decided that other biblical figures—John the Baptist, the evangelists, […]

Communion and Koinonia: Pauline Reflections on Tolerance and Boundaries

A paper given at the Future of Anglicanism Conference, Oxford, 2002. Introduction: Paul’s Context From the very beginning, the church was faced with the problem of different cultures coming together. Even in the earliest days, when all Christians were Jews, there were Greek-speaking Jews and Hebrew (or Aramaic-) speaking Jews, and problems arose between them. Even during the […]

Imagining the Kingdom: Mission and Theology in Early Christianity

University of St Andrews St Mary’s College (Faculty of Divinity) Inaugural Lecture by the Right Reverend Professor N. T. Wright Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity 5.15 pm, October 26 2011 The four gospels stand magisterially at the head of the canon and the centre of early Christianity. They are remarkable documents. If […]

How Can the Bible Be Authoritative?

Originally published in Vox Evangelica 1991, 21, 7–32. Reproduced by permission of the author.

The question before us, then, is: how can the Bible be authoritative? This way of putting it carries deliberately, two different though related meanings, and I shall look at them in turn. First, how can there be such a thing as an authoritative book? What sort of a claim are we making about a book when we say that it is ‘authoritative’? Second, by what means can the Bible actually exercise its authority? How is it to be used so that its authority becomes effective?

An Evening Conversation on Jesus and Paul

On October 25, 2004, James D.G. Dunn and N.T. Wright had a two-part dialogue on Jesus and Paul in Durham, England. This a transcript of the dialogue, edited by Mark M. Mattison. Transcript: An Evening Conversation on Jesus and Paul (PDF 144 KB) Audio recordings: Jesus: Durham New Testament Seminar Paul: Durham New Testament Seminar

A Scripture-formed Communion? Possibilities and Prospects after Lambeth, ACC, and General Convention

Nicholas Thomas Wright The question of the authority, use and relevance of Scripture in today’s Anglican Communion needs to be addressed more thoroughly. All authority is God’s authority, and the question of Scripture’s authority needs to be reframed in that light: God is not merely providing information and instruction, but taking forward his Kingdom-project, and […]

The Law in Romans 2

N.T. Wright Romans 2 is the joker in the pack. Standard treatments of Paul and the Law have often failed to give it the prominence that one might expect it to have, judging by its position within his most-discussed letter. But generations of eager exegetes, anxious to get to the juicy discussions that surround 3.19-20, […]

New Perspectives on Paul

Rutherford House, Edinburgh 10th Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference: 25–28 August 2003 N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham I am grateful for the invitation to this conference, and for the sensitive way in which the organisers responded to my comments on the intial outline of the programme. I am aware that fresh interpretations of Paul, including my […]

Jerusalem in the New Testament

(Originally published in Jerusalem Past and Present in the Purposes of God. P. W. L. Walker, ed., pp. 53–77. (2nd edn. 1994.) Carlisle: Paternoster. Grand Rapids: Baker. Reproduced by permission of the author.) Tom Wright This chapter is inevitably written with mixed feelings. Having lived in Jerusalem recently for a period of three months one […]

Gospel and Theology in Galatians

(Originally published in Gospel in Paul: Studies on Corinthians, Galatians and Romans for Richard N. Longenecker, eds. L. Ann Jervis and Peter Richardson, 1994, pp. 222–239. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Supplement Series 108. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press. Reproduced by permission of the author.) N.T. Wright The word ‘gospel’ has had a […]

4QMMT and Paul: Justification, ‘Works,’ and Eschatology

N. T. Wright Bishop of Durham [Auckland Castle, Co. Durham, DL14 7NR] Originally published in History and Exegesis: New Testament Essays in Honor of Dr E. Earle Ellis for His 80th Birthday, ed. Aang-Won (Aaron) Son (New York and London: T & T Clark 2006), 104-132. Reproduced by permission of the author. The topic of […]

Romans and the Theology of Paul

(Originally published in Pauline Theology, Volume III, ed. David M. Hay & E. Elizabeth Johnson, 1995, 30–67. Minneapolis: Fortress. Reproduced by permission of the author.) N.T. Wright Lichfield Cathedral A JEWISH THEOLOGY for the Gentile world, and a welcome for Gentiles designed to take the Jewish world jealous. That, I suggest, is what Paul offered […]

God and Caesar, Then and Now

Festschrift for Dr Wesley Carr, 2003 by Dr N. T. Wright, Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey (from June 30 2003: Bishop of Durham) ‘Render unto Caesar,’ declared Jesus, ‘the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.’ That famously cryptic comment serves not only as a title for this article but as […]

On Becoming the Righteousness of God

2 Corinthians 5:21 (Originally published in Pauline Theology, Volume II, ed. D. M. Hay: Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 1993, 200–208. Reproduced by permission of the author.) N.T. Wright 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 poses several problems for the interpreter; I shall here focus on one in particular. What does Paul mean when he says “that we might become […]

Paul, Arabia, and Elijah (Galatians 1:17)

(Originally published in Journal of Biblical Literature vol. 115, 683–692. Reproduced by permission of the author) We don’t know, say most of the commentators, why Paul went to Arabia or what he did there. We aren’t even sure which bit of “Arabia” he visited. In what is, for Paul, an unusually long autobiographical section (Gal […]

The Paul of History and the Apostle of Faith

THE TYNDALE NEW TESTAMENT LECTURE, 1978 (Originally published in Tyndale Bulletin 29, 1978, pp. 61–88. Reproduced by permission of the author.) By N. T. Wright ‘Controversy’ writes Ernst Käsemann is the breath of life ‘to a German theologian’: and he should know. What he imagines the rest of us breathe he does not say: but […]

Worship and the Spirit in the New Testament

Yale Conference on Worship and the Spirit: February 21–23 2008 N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham Introduction At first sight, it appears strange that those who have written about the Holy Spirit in the New Testament have not usually given much attention to worship, and those who have written about worship in the New Testament […]

Where is God in ‘The War on Terror’?

a public lecture in Durham Cathedral, 7.30 pm, 9 November 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright Introduction We live at a remarkable moment in western history and culture. The old certainties and stabilities have been swept away; questions we thought we’d avoided have come back to haunt us. The extraordinary events […]

The Fourfold Amor Dei and the Word of God

intervention by the Rt Revd N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham (Church of England) Synod of Bishops, 14 October 2008 Your Holiness; your Eminences and Excellences; brothers and sisters in Christ: It is an honour and privilege to be here, and to bring you greetings from the Archbishop of Canterbury. We face the same challenges […]

Two Radical Jews

a review article of Daniel Boyarin, A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity. [1] (Originally published in Reviews in Religion and Theology 1995/3 (August), 15–23.  Reproduced by permission of the author) by N. T. Wright Lichfield Cathedral, England This is an incredible book.  I can’t believe the range, the skill, the chutzpah of it.  […]

The Servant and Jesus: The Relevance of the Colloquy for the Current Quest for Jesus

(Originally published in Jesus and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 and Christian Origins, ed. William H. Bellinger, Jr. and William R. Farmer.  1998, Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International. 281–297.  Reproduced by permission of the author.) N. T. WRIGHT Introduction I am enormously grateful for the chance to take part in this colloquy.  I have caught […]

Resurrection: From Theology to Music and Back Again

(Originally published in J. Begbie, ed., Sounding the Depths: Theology Through the Arts, 2002, (London: SCM Press), 193–202.  Reproduced by permission of the author.) N. T. WRIGHT Beginnings The second week of May 1998 was a typical week in the life of Lichfield Cathedral.  Worship, preaching, meetings, visits and more meetings.  And one of those […]

The Resurrection and the Postmodern Dilemma

(Originally published in Sewanee Theological Review 41.2, 1998. Reproduced by permission of the author.) N.T. Wright In concluding this series of lectures, I want to do something rather different than what I have done in the previous two. My interest in the resurrection of Jesus is at the same time fully historical, fully theological, and […]

Redemption from the New Perspective?

[69] Redemption from the New Perspective? Towards a Multi-Layered Pauline Theology of the Cross Originally published in Redemption, ed. S. T. Davis, D. Kendall, G. O’Collins (Oxford: OUP) 2006, 69–100. Original pagination is retained in bold italicized numbers. Reproduced by permission of the author. N. T. WRIGHT I INTRODUCTION Calling something ‘new’ is always risky, and […]

The Prayer of the Trinity

(Originally published in New Tasks for a Renewed Church, 1992, London: Hodder.  Also published as Bringing the Church to the World, 1992, Bethany House, U.S.A., 209-15.  Reproduced by permission of the author.) by Tom Wright Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 14:8-17 I suggested in chapter 13 that there might be different sorts of […]

Resurrecting Old Arguments: Responding to Four Essays

[209] Resurrecting Old Arguments: Responding to Four Essays (Originally published in Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 2005, 3.2, 187–209. Original pagination is retained in bold italicized numbers. Reproduced by permission of the author.) N.T. Wright Bishop of Durham Durham, UK ABSTRACT The author is grateful for the attention given to his book […]