Rethinking the Tradition

[20] Rethinking the Tradition Originally published in For All the Saints? Remembering the Christian Departed. 2003 London: SPCK; Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse. Original pagination is retained in bold italicized numbers. Reproduced by permission of the author. Resurrection still future I begin at the end. The bodily resurrection is still in the future for everyone except Jesus. […]

Paul and Caesar: A New Reading of Romans

(Originally published in A Royal Priesthood: The Use of the Bible Ethically and Politically, ed. C. Bartholemew, 2002, Carlisle: Paternoster, 173–193. Reproduced by permission of the author.) Introduction We have moved away quite rapidly in recent years from the old split, which was assumed by and built into the fabric of Western biblical studies, between ‘religion’ […]

Reading Paul, Thinking Scripture

Originally published in Scripture’s Doctrine and Theology’s Bible. 2008. Baker Academic: Grand Rapids, MI, pages 59-71.  Reproduced by permission of the author. N. T. WRIGHT Scripture, Doctrine, and Life: The Puzzle of Perception For many in today’s church, “doctrine,” especially when labeled as “dogma,” is the dry, lifeless thing that once seemed important but now […]

The Holy Land Today

(Originally published in The Way of the Lord: Christian Pilgrimage in the Holy Land and Beyond. 1999, London: SPCK; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 119-130.  Reproduced by permission of the author.) By Tom Wright ALL THAT I have said in this book would be just as relevant if the Holy Land, and Jerusalem in particular, were uninhabited […]

Creation and Covenant

N.T. Wright Originally published in Paul: In Fresh Perspective.  London: SPCK; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005, pages 21-39. Reproduced by permission of the author. 1. Creation and Covenant in the Old Testament What I mean by ‘creation and covenant’ will become clear if we consider a couple of Psalms where the two are joined together. What I […]

Believing and Belonging

(Originally published in Simply Christian, 2006 London: SPCK; San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco. Reproduced by permission.) N.T. Wright The river and the tree appear to be opposites. The river begins, quite literally, all over the place. A tiny spring way up in the hills; a distant lake, itself fed by streams; a melting glacier—all of them and […]

Apocalypse Now?

Originally published in The Millennium Myth, 1999, Louisville: Westminster; London: SPCK UK edition entitled The Myth of the Millennium. Original pagination is retained in bold italicized numbers. Reproduced by permission of the author. [20] Like a swarm of tired old bees, the elderly Christian buzz-words have not been buzzing too much recently. “Redemption” is what […]