An Evening with Tom Wright on his biography of Paul
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Leading theologian and public intellectual Tom Wright discusses his new book Paul: A Biography followed by a Q&A hosted by the BBC’s Martin Bashir.
A compelling reconstruction of the life and thought of St Paul and his lasting impact on both the Church and the world,
Regarded by many as the founder of Christianity, Paul of Tarsus is one of the most controversial and powerful figures in history. His writings have had an incalculable influence on Western culture and beyond, and his words continue to guide the lives of over two billion Christians across the world today.
In this superbly detailed biography, Tom Wright traces Paul’s career from a zealous persecutor of the fledgeling Church, through his journeys as the world’s greatest missionary theologian, to his likely death as a Christian martyr at the hands of Nero in the mid-60s CE.
Drawing judiciously on the latest research into the Jewish, Greek and Roman worlds, and enriched by a wealth of critical insight into Paul’s own writings, this is the most rounded portrait of the apostle ever painted – his development, motivations, spiritual struggles and intellectual achievements, and his lasting impact over two millennia.
Guests have the opportunity to meet Prof Wright, ask their own questions and get a signed copy of Paul.
TOM WRIGHT is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews and a world expert on the life and thought of St Paul. His recent books include Spiritual and Religious, The Day the Revolution Began, God in Public, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Paul and His Recent Interpreters and The Paul Debate.
‘A biography of St Paul by his greatest living interpreter: it is a dream come true. This is the book that I had always hoped Tom Wright might write while doubting that he ever would. And now here it is – and, my goodness, it does not disappoint!’
Tom Holland, author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
‘In eloquent and inviting prose, one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars retells the story behind the story, the story of the Apostle Paul whose letters have shaped so much of subsequent history. Drawing on his decades of acquaintance with Paul, both informed on other Pauline scholarship and ready to reread Paul independently where needed, Wright brings forth treasures both old and new. A master teacher here communicates Paul in language every reader can understand.’
Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky
‘Wright’s excellent book not only brings Paul to life but places that life in the complex and overlapping array of Jewish and non-Jewish communities, all set within the Roman empire. The result provides much to think about both for students of Paul and the early Christian communities of which he was so significant a founder and shaper, but also for anyone interested in the history of the first century of the Christian era.’
John Richardson, Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Edinburgh
‘An enthralling journey into the mind of Paul by one of the great theologians of our time, a work full of insight, depth and generosity of understanding.’
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
‘Tom Wright is, as always, brilliant at distilling immense scholarship into vivid, clear and accessible form.’
Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge