I can’t imagine that many readers of this blog haven’t heard of theologian NT. Wright. In some ways we might talk of “NT. Wright overkill” – so many books, so many lectures! But, in other ways many of us will be grateful for Wright and his output.
The first Wright book I ever purchased was in 1992 and was his 1992 collection of essays The Climax of the Covenant: Christ and the Law in Pauline Theology. It was a stunning, horizon-expanding collection; a collection of essays that upended a lot of my thinking, while at the same time also serving as a catalyst to a new phase in my journey. This was followed, in the same year, by his The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit, a less theological tome, but nonetheless an important read, one I still dip into.
From there, I went back in time to 1978 when I managed to track down a copy of his brilliant essay The Paul of History and the Apostle of Faith.
Since then I’ve read, or dipped into, every one of his books except Paul and the Faithfulness of God (pub. Nov. 2013) which, given all Wright’s previous work on the Apostle Paul, I couldn’t bring myself to buy. I saw and see it as a technical read, more aimed at the academy. I haven’t seen or read much about it that hasn’t been said by Wright elsewhere.
I was interested then in a 2015 publication - Through the Eyes of N.T. Wright: A Reader's Guide to Paul and the Faithfulness of God – which should be a helpful book, a readers guide to Tom Wright’s massive Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Its author, Derek Vreeland neatly sums up the primary arguments and conclusions from N. T. Wright by creating a readable roadmap to help readers navigate their way through Wright's “big book” on Paul's theology. See here for a good example of how Vreeland engages with Wright's book.
Also useful, but in a more technical / academic way, will be Wright’s soon to be published The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle. This book is due out next month.
For those of you wanting a succinct on-the-ground engagement with possible local church implications of Tom Wright’s thinking, I highly recommend Tom Wright for Everyone: Putting the Theology of N.T. Wright into Practice in the local Church (pub. 2011) by Steven Kuhrt.
Finally, there’s the Tom Wright webpage, which has many of his published essays on it, and links to talks etc.