Guest / Limited Access /



Dean of Lichfield Cathedral (Staffordshire, England) until May 1999, after which he plans to return to academic life in an unnanounced position

The New Testament and the People of God (Fortress, 1992); Jesus and the Victory of God (Fortress, 1993); The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (with Marcus Borg) (Harper-SanFrancisco, 1999)

More popular works include The Crown and the Fire (Eerdmans, 1995); Who Was Jesus? (Eerdmans, 1992); The Lord and His Prayer (Eerdmans, 1997); for All God's Worth (Eerdmans, 1997); What St. Paul Really Said (Eerdmans, 1997); and The Climax of the Covenant (Fortress, 1993)

For a very long time, scholars have placed the "Christ of faith" and the "Christ of history" in opposing corners. Historical studies tend to discount claims of God at work on earth, supposing natural, human processes to be more likely explanations. Many have doubted whether the study of history can ever connect with a life of faith.

No evangelical has shown more courage in this contested field than N. T. Wright. He has waded into "ordinary" history to write a thorough, detailed study of Jesus as "The Victory of God," to quote from the title of Wright's principal, 700-page work. Beeson's Timothy George considers Wright "one of the most engaging and articulate New Testament scholars in the world." Greg Jones, dean of Duke Divinity School, notes that Wright has "a preacher's passion" in diving into the study of Jesus, perhaps the most contentious area of biblical study today. "He has shown remarkable courage and vision."

Wright is a big-hearted, friendly bear of a man, who loves to talk, loves to debate on ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedWhy Being a Pastor-Scholar Is Nearly Impossible
Why Being a Pastor-Scholar Is Nearly Impossible
Three tensions of combining pastoral and academic work.
TrendingWhy Gospel for Asia Got Kicked Out of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
Why Gospel for Asia Got Kicked Out of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
One of the world’s largest missions agencies denies wrongdoing and vows to improve.
Editor's PickLeaving Patriarchy in the Past
Leaving Patriarchy in the Past
Scripture affirms sweeping male authority, says John Stackhouse—just not for all time.
Christianity Today
N.T. Wright: Making Scholarship a Tool for the Church
hide thisFebruary 8 February 8

In the Magazine

February 8, 1999

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.