Annotated Bibliography: N.T. Wright and the New Perspectives on Paul




Venema, Cornelis.  Getting the Gospel Right: Assessing the Reformation and New
            Perspective on Paul
.  Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 2006.
            This short introductory book surveys the traditional Protestant interpretation of Paul’s
            doctrine of salvation, contrasting it with the so-called “New Perspectives on Paul.“


Piper, John.  The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright.  Wheaton: Crossway,
            In this work, John Piper offers a thorough point-by-point critique of N.T. Wright’s
            doctrine of justification.

Venema, Cornelis.  The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: An Assessment of the
            Reformation and ‘New Perspectives’ on Paul
.  Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 2006.
            This book is a more in-depth version of Venema’s Getting the Gospel Right,
            comparing and contrasting the traditional Protestant understanding of Paul with the
            New Perspectives on Paul.

Waters, Guy Prentiss.  Justification And The New Perspectives On Paul: A Review And
            Response.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2004.
            In this book, Waters provides an exposition of what the leading proponents of the
            New Perspective are teaching, showing how the doctrine has developed over time as
            well as how it deviates from traditional Reformed doctrine.


Carson, D.A., Peter T. O’Brien and Mark A. Seifrid, eds.  Justification and Variegated
            Nomism.  Vol. 1, The Complexities of Second Temple Judaism.  Grand Rapids:
            Baker, 2001.
            In this volume, a number of evangelical scholars look carefully at the literature of
            second temple Judaism in order to evaluate the accuracy of the “covenantal nomism”
            thesis of E.P. Sanders.  The conclusion is that first-century Judaism was far more
            diverse than Sanders and company allow.

Carson, D.A., Peter T. O’Brien and Mark A. Seifrid, eds.  Justification and Variegated
.  Vol. 2, The Paradoxes of Paul.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
            In this second volume, various scholars re-examine the teaching of Paul in light of
            the conclusions reached in the first volume’s study of first-century Judaism.

Gathercole, Simon J.  Where Is Boasting?  Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul’s Response in
            Romans 1–5.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
            In this critique of Sanders, Gathercole looks at the language of “boasting” in Paul
            and in the literature of second temple Judaism, concluding that Paul and the
            majority of his compatriots differed over whether one is able to obey the law.

Kim, Seyoon.  Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul’s
            Gospel.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
            Kim’s critique of the New Perspective focuses on the work of J.D.G. Dunn, arguing
            that Dunn has misconstrued the origin of Paul’s doctrine of justification and the
            meaning of Paul’s use of the phrase “works of the law.”

Schreiner, Thomas R.  The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law.  Grand
            Rapids: Baker, 1993.
            In this book, Schreiner provides a comprehensive examination of Paul’s doctrine of
            the law, while offering critical interaction with the proponents of the
            New Perspective.

Schreiner, Thomas R.  Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology.  Downers
            Grove: InterVarsity, 2001.
            In this overview of Pauline theology, Schreiner interacts with and critiques the
            arguments of the New Perspective.

Vickers, Brian.  Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation.  Wheaton:
            Crossway, 2006.
            Vicker’s work is an exegetical and theological study of the biblical doctrine of
            imputation, particularly as it is found in the writings of Paul.

Westerholm, Stephen.  Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His
            Critics.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
            Westerholm’s work is an invaluable survey of classical and recent scholarship with
            additional chapters discussing Paul’s view of law, righteousness, and justification.

Related Ligonier Resources

Faith Alone (Book)
Foundations, Vol. 6: Soteriology (Audio, Video)
Getting the Gospel Right (Book)
Justification by Faith Alone (Audio)
Justification by Faith Alone (Book), Kistler, Don, ed.
“Justified by Faith Alone” – Preface to Faith Alone (Book)

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