Tucked away at the end of a recent edited volume on ‘The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life’ is an essay by NT Wright entitled, ‘Paul and Missional Hermeneutics’ (pp. 179-192).
It is a relatively short treatment but an interesting and useful reflection that will complement the missional hermeneutics discussion well. In particular it resonates with the work of James Brownson and his focus on the way the NT writers interpreted previous texts and traditions through the lens of the gospel. (see the Missional Hermeneutics Bibliography to follow up on this).
Reflecting on the role of Paul’s missional thinking within Wright’s immense ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ series, he notes his hope that he ‘would like the final volume to be about mission, with theology as its reinforcing scaffolding, rather than about theology, with mission as its possible outflowing.’ (p. 182) A tantalising prospect!
Here is the opening…
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