I’ve found Cornelis Venema’s The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ to be a great Reformed resource for interacting with recent revisions of justification as found in the New Perspectives on Paul. Venema’s chapter describing N. T. Wright’s perspective on Paul is especially helpful, clear, and fair. As I read this chapter (5), I tried to capture the main points by writing marginal notes. I’m going to put those marginal notes below along with a summary of Venema’s comments, which I hope is beneficial for our readers. I strongly recommend getting this book and reading the chapter; these points obviously need to be explained more than I do here.
What are some of the main points of N. T. Wright’s perspective on Paul?
1) First-century Judaism was not legalistic. Wright’s perspective is that Paul was not concerned about Jewish legalism because Judaism in the first century wasn’t really legalistic. …
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