Tom Wright and the Search for Truth: A Theological Evaluation

Tom Wright and the Search for Truth: A Theological EvaluationDr Tom Holland has asked me to announce the imminent publication of his evaluation of the theology of N.T. Wright:

Tom Wright and the Search for Truth: A Theological Evaluation

I have long felt that someone ought to write a comprehensive, probing critique of N. T. Wright’s theological thought. I’m very grateful to Tom Holland for tackling this challenging, yet much-needed task. Holland rightly, I believe, raises serious concerns regarding Wright’s methodology, which tends to elevate Second Temple literature above the Hebrew Scriptures.

While Wright is correct in his efforts to peel back layers of Reformation tradition in reading Paul, Holland shows that Wright’s own methodology does not always live up to the noble aims of the critical realism he espouses. No doubt there is much to learn from Wright’s scholarly contribution. The way forward, however, I believe, is subjecting Wright’s work to the kind of constructive critique Holland has provided. It is my hope that this volume marks the beginning of an even more thoroughgoing scrutiny of Wright’s reconstructed synthesis-with the result that Paul’s thought can be discerned more cogently from the New Testament documents against the most important ancient background, which surely must be the inspired canonical contributions of the Old Testament writers. Even the most ardent followers of Wright, not to mention Wright himself, will want to take note of this measured, yet pointed and sustained interaction.

Andreas J. Kostenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament & Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Founder of Biblical Foundations (www.biblicalfoundations.org)

Dr. Tom HollandAnyone wanting further details should go to Apiary Publishing. A 50% pre-publication discount is being offered on the Kindle edition until the end of October. A paperback edition will be available at a later date.

About the Author

Dr. Tom Holland is a Research Supervisor at Union School of Theology. He is a Baptist minister who has planted two independent evangelical churches in North Hertfordshire. He has been a visiting lecturer in Poland, USA, New Zealand, Singapore, Nepal and Korea.


Update 24th October 2017

Click here to download the “Books at a Glance” review of this book in PDF. The paperback version should be available soon from the Apiary Publishing site linked above,

Call for Papers: The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies

Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity

The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies

Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity

4-6 June 2018 St Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews

Plenary Addresses:

  • Christian Eberhart
  • Martha Himmelfarb
  • David Moffitt
  • Carol Newsom
  • Andrei Orlov
  • Deborah Rooke
  • Catrin Williams
  • David Wright
  • N.T. Wright

Short papers are invited that explore the diverse aspects of atonement within the following corpora: Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, Rabbinic Judaism, and early Christianity. Abstracts if 250 words on the following topics will be accepted until 1 February 2018 and should be sent to Justin Duff (jd221@st-andrews.ac.uk):

  • Priesthood and temple cult
  • Blood, redemption, and non-cultic reparation
  • Temple and cosmology
  • Angelology, anthropology and sacred space
  • Political Ideologies in the Second Temple period
  • Messianism
  • Impurity and demonology
  • Corporate priesthood and the people of God
  • Early Christian sacrificial imagery
  • Apocalyptic and early mystical traditions
  • Ancient and scriptural exegesis
  • Other related topics

Registration for the symposium opens 1 December and closes 1 May 2018. It will be available here. Early bird registration fee (£50) will be available until 1 March 2018 (£75 thereafter). Short papers will be considered for publication in a conference volume. Submission of short papers must be made by September 2018.

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