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In this revised and expanded edition of the previously titled book The Last Word, Wright provides two case studies that delve into what it means to keep Sabbath and how Christians can defend marital monogamy. These studies offer not only bold biblical insights but also showcase Wright's new model for how to interpret scripture and restore its role as the church's main resource for teaching and guidance. Removing the baggage that the last 100 years of controversy and confusion have placed on this doctrine, Wright renews our confidence in the Bible and shows how it can once again serve as the living Word of God for our lives.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2013
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In Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, Widely respected Bible and Jesus scholar, N. T. Wright gives new life to the old, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concise statement on the current “battles for the Bible,” and restoring scripture as the primary place to find God’s voice.
In this revised and expanded version of The Last Word, leading biblical scholar N. T. Wright shows how both evangelicals and liberals are guilty of misreading Scripture and reveals a new model for understanding God’s authority and the Bible.
N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and bestselling author. Featured on ABC News, The Colbert Report, Dateline, and Fresh Air, Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms, as well as the recent translation of the New Testament The Kingdom New Testament and the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.
“N. T. Wright opens for us a path beyond of the paralyzing polarization of “liberal” and “conservative.”
“The whole book gives further cause for gratitude for God’s gift of Wright to his Church.”
“In a fashion that is both old fashioned and new fangled at the same time Bishop Wright takes us through a sane and helpful study of what it means to treat the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. Highly Recommended!”
“Written by one of the leading Christian thinkers in the world today, this book is a refreshing and accessible resource concerning the perennial question of biblical authority that moves the discussion beyond the liberal-conservative impasse of our times. Highly Recommended.”
“[P]robing, provocative, insightful…This is a book of uncommon wisdom for all who read and love the Bible.”
“This wide-ranging whirlwind-tour account of Scripture channeling God’s authority, with its tweaking of distortions back into shape and its first-class approach to Bible study, is masterly throughout.”
“Wright offers sensible insights on the transforming power of God, very necessary in these times of skepticism and confusion.”
“Scripture and the Authority of God is a fabulous book. With characteristic verve and occasionally pungent grace… Scripture and the Authority of God could be the beginning of a more faithful listening, as well as sustaining more fruitful conversation about the nature of biblical interpretation.”
“Wright appeals to the reader to take another look at the Bible, not as an isolated phenomenon—a veritable rule book similarly applicable at all times and in all places—but rather as a book better placed within both the contemporary cultural context and as part of a larger tradition of interpretation.”
“Wright is a provocative theologian... there is so much here that you will wish that it were longer-- but its brevity makes for easy reading and it certainly deserves to be read.”
Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Principles of InterpretationJune 10, 2013Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4NT Wright is rightly hailed as one of the world's best New Testament scholars. His book on interpretation lives up to his reputation.
One of the great things about this book is that one need not read it in its entirety to grasp the argument. Wright begins by tracing interpretation through Christian history and then suggests a way forward. Particularly helpful is his section on misconceptions and his "new" interpretative suggestions. Readers of all skill can approach Wright's argument here and have deep appreciation even amidst some small disagreements.