In Prism's Book Bag: N.T. Wright's EVERYONE SERIES Makes the New Testament Accessible to All

Image credit: Amazon.com

"The first time someone stood up in public to tell people about Jesus, he made it clear: this message is for everyone," says Tom (N.T.) Wright, noted New Testament scholar and the Anglican Bishop of Durham, England. Wright seeks to ensure the message is indeed accessible in a new series of New Testament commentaries, published in the U.S. by Westminster John Knox Press.

The short works of the early Christians – mostly letters and stories about Jesus – were never intended solely for an elite readership of religious leaders or theologians. Meant for everyone, they were widely circulated and eagerly read. Yet today the Bible is a closed book for many who find it boring or difficult. In the EVERYONE series, Wright sets out to correct that impression: "Whatever else we know about Jesus, we can be sure that he wasn't dull," he says.

Translating the New Testament into simple, lively, everyday language, Wright captures the immediacy of the gospel message. "The power of the Bible means hearing God's word in our own language – day-to-day, street-level English," he says. "On earth as in heaven? – if it isn't earthly, and perhaps even sometimes earthy, how can it be good news for everyone?"

Each book is broken down into short passages – Mark, for example, into 63 segments – that are illustrated with stories, background information, and clear explanations of complex material. Wright avoids religious jargon, and the few technical terms used are explained in a glossary at the back of each book.

In conversational style, Wright offers thought-provoking commentary on the meaning of the gospel message, and thoughts on how the Christian faith can be lived today. His holistic approach illuminates the New Testament's relevance for contemporary readers, from spirituality to social issues and from prayer to politics.

The first twelve volumes in the series are now available: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Galatians & Thessalonians, Paul's Prison Letters, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, Paul's Pastoral Letters. The remaining volumes – including Acts, Revelation, Early Christian Letters, and Romans – will be published over the following twelve months.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

You May Also Want to Read

  • Edited by Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker (Cascade Books, 2013) Reviewed by Sarah Withrow King When I was pregnant with…

  • Holy Week brings us from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Resurrection Day, from triumph to tragedy back to triumph.…

Comment policy: ESA represents a wide variety of understandings and practices surrounding our shared Christian faith. The purpose of the ESA blog is to facilitate loving conversation; please know that individual authors do not speak for ESA as a whole. Even if you don\'t see yourself or your experience reflected in something you read here, we invite you to experience it anyway, and see if God can meet you there. What can take away from considering this point of view? What might you add? The comments section below is where you can share the answers to those questions, if you feel so moved. Please express your thoughts in ways that are constructive, purposeful, and respectful. Give those you disagree with the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are neither idiots nor evil. Name-calling, sweeping condemnations, and any other comments that suggest you have forgotten that we are all children of God will be deleted. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.