Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christmas Came a Little Late! (or Extremely Early)

By Jeff Bruce

I know I'm lagging behind the blogosphere on this one, but I am compelled to comment on the forthcoming release of N.T. Wright's new book. As you might recall, my Christmas wish this year (mentioned here, here and here) was that Tom Wright finish his volume on Paul in the Christian Origins and the Question of God series. Well, my wish has been belatedly answered...kind of. Wright hasn't completed the fourth volume in COQG, but he has penned a rejoinder to some of his critics, not least John Piper. The book is entitled Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision. Here's a blurb from Michael Bird, who has read through the proofs of the book...

This book is a response to many of Wright's North American critics and to John Piper's The Future of Justification in particular. It is not a point for point reply to Piper but a general articulation of what Wright really thinks about justification with some hand-to-hand combat with Piper (as well as others such as Carson and Seifrid) along the way. Wright gives a very forthright defence of his position, but is certainly not acrimonious or uncharitable towards Piper.

I'll try to post a review of the book once I get my hands on it. The UK edition comes out in February, but we'll have to wait until July for the American release. So, if you live in the UK, let me know!

HT: Euangelion


Dan Morehead said...

Looks good, I'll pick it up as my travel read for the next time I'm stuck on a plane.

Michael F. Bird said...


I'm in the UK and can access it. The question is, what is it worth to you? :-)

Jeffrey Bruce said...

I appreciate the offer Dr. Bird,

Given that you've read the proofs, I'm interested in hearing what you think it should be worth to me?!

Anonymous said...


Of course, you can simply order it from the Amazon UK web site.

Anonymous said...

Very true Chris, I suppose my wish is for an advanced copy. If that doesn't happen, I'll probably go the Amazon UK route.