N.T Wright received his BA, MA and PHD from Oxford University. He taught New Testament at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities 1978-1993. He was Dean of Lichfield, then Canon of Westminster, then Bishop of Durham (Church of England), 1994-2010. Since 2010 Prof. Wright has been Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has published over 75 books and hundreds of articles. Prof. Wright recently received the Burkitt Medal from the British Academy for services to New Testament scholarship. He enjoys writing, lecturing, mentoring students and an occasional round of golf. He delights in spending time with his family in the midst of a busy schedule of writing and traveling.
This was a great match for me. I always held things inside. Now I see reconciliation works better.
This course was very eye-opening for me. In my view, it's an excellent demonstration of why knowledgeable commentary is essential in grasping the levels (plural) of meaning in Scripture. And it is, again in my view, a rebuff of the Sola Scriptura approach: the Bible can be a very dangerous body of literature if proof-texted and/or if taken too literally by uneducated hearers and readers.
Two themes were of greatest interest to me: the nature of slavehood in the ancient world and Paul's view of the necessity and nature of reconciliation.
Some scholars (e.g., John Dominic Crossan) have identified certain letters in the Pauline Corpus as most probably post-Pauline and pseudo-Pauline (both of which Crossan considers anti-Pauline), one basis for that conclusion being a shift in the attitudes toward slavery as expressed in authentic Pauline letters with attitudes expressed later, perhaps as an accommodation to prevailing social structures. I wonder whether Prof. Wright would agree with this view.
Regarding Paul's strategy for promoting reconciliation, I find Prof. Wright's explanation very helpful, as I currently have two friends who need to be reconciled with each other, and I've been pondering how (or whether) to facilitate that.
I am immensely grateful for this course!
Anne Caroline Radcliff Robinson
Learnt and emphasised to me what a wonderful God we have
Learn more about the background to the book
Darryl K. Fields
Excellent overview of the text. Great insight into the culture and class issues surrounding slavery. More importantly how the Gospel impacts the grotesque ways man's inhumanity manifest in the secular and un-saved world.
Clear, concise, and power-packed with truth and history!
Many new understandings about this book gave me a new worldview
This is amazing teaching! So excited for this opportunity.