How Good are NT Wright's for Everyone's Series?

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DAL | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Apr 5 2012 5:48 PM

Hello! 

For those of you who own them, how good are NT Wright's for Everyone's commentaries in terms of application, depth, theology, etc. I think $60 bucks for most of them is not a bad deal, but wouldn't want to add more New Testament resources if they basically give you similar information that the other commentaries give you.  Anyway, any input will be appreciated!

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 5 2012 5:54 PM

I just bought them myself. My initial impression is that they are more devotional, as you would expect in a "for everyone" commentary set. I have been impressed with what I have read. One interesting thing… at least in Mark, he has given his own free flowing translation.

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Randall Hartman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 5 2012 6:30 PM

Don't expect but academic commentary but it is top notch overview material.

 

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 5 2012 6:38 PM

DAL:
For those of you who own them, how good are NT Wright's for Everyone's commentaries in terms of application, depth, theology, etc.

Don't hesitate.

For each passage, Wright gives his own dynamic equivalent translation. (These are collected and sold separately as well, so you get an entire translation.)

Then he tells a story that has some modern parallel to that pericope.

Then he explains what the passage means and how it applies to us.

They are popular rather than academic commentaries, but under the surface (unexpressed mostly) lies Wright's very significant scholarship. So I do refer to them even when preparing more academic material.

My wife and I bought the entire series of For Everyone commentaries on paper before they were available in Logos, and at any point in time several of them are missing from our shelves as people want to read them. We then bought them in Logos as well (on pre-pub). And the ones that are not in Logos yet, we buy on paper. For example, I just taught as 12-session survey of Revelation, using Wright's Revelation for Everyone as the text.

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Randy Lane | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 5 2012 6:54 PM

alabama24:

I just bought them myself. My initial impression is that they are more devotional, as you would expect in a "for everyone" commentary set. I have been impressed with what I have read. One interesting thing… at least in Mark, he has given his own free flowing translation.

Those translations have been gathered together into a stand-alone New Testament bible callled The Kingdom New Testament:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062064916

 

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Wild Eagle | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 5 2012 8:11 PM

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 5 2012 8:24 PM

Thank you all for your input.  I'll be getting those to check them out, if they don't suit my needs, then I guess I can always return them within the 30 day trial period.  Thanks again!

DAL

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 5 2012 11:33 PM

From what understand, Wright is famous for new Pauline studies, so I bought (besides his three books from the collection of Christian Origins) his volumes on Romans and on Paul.

For other books I still have other authors :-)

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Johann | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 3:08 AM

At $3.75, buy one and see for yourself. As far as I can tell they are structurally and stylistically the same. And the best advice in the world can't beat a trying it out, IMHO. I've bought too much stuff based only on recommendation and good reviews only to be disappointed. I wouldn't buy the all of them ($60), without trying one ($3.75). You have another week to take advantage of the Madness sale. 

As far as application, depth, theology ... After reading something of his which on the surface isn't "deep theological" study I find much of it to be clear, simple explanations and insights from a deep thinking scholar. It can be at times, "well, duh. Why didn't I see that before." Of course, his theology (in some points very controversial) does come through. But even if you don't wholly agree with his theology, you can gain some great (yet simple) insight. On the other hand, I wouldn't do in depth study with just this.

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Johann | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 3:11 AM

Timothy Ha:
From what understand, Wright is famous for new Pauline studies

He's also famous for being a historical Jesus person, so you might need the titles on the 'evangelists', too. Smile

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Brother Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 11:34 AM

Johann:
It can be at times, "well, duh. Why didn't I see that before."

... and I *LOVE* those moments.  It is, in fact, the reason that I refer to commentaries so frequently.

 

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Mathew Voth | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 11:43 AM

Buy them all. They are awesome, and they are dirt cheap. You will thank me!

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 11:58 AM

Thank you. (I already did). Smile

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Paul-C | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 12:50 PM

alabama24:

Thank you. (I already did). Smile

Me too. I can't resist a bargain. Especially when it's books, and especially when they're on Logos. 

 

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Steve Aeschbacher | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 2:18 PM

They are terrific--an accessible and friendly combination of devotional reading along with his theological and historical conclusions layered in.  If you want to read the New Testament as the climax of God's covenant with Israel, as the story of God becoming King, as well as God's incarnation on earth, this is the easiest way to do it!

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Stephen Thorp | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 2:43 PM

As I've said on a previous thread, these works are excellent! I once heard it said that 'if you want to be able to explain Gospel truths simply, you need to  be able to understand them profoundly, but of course once having understood them profoundly you need to be able to explain them simply - and N T Wright is the master of this!!! His more popular works are often underestimated, but if you read them carefully you will suddenly come to appreciate that your understanding of things has just got a lot bigger - and long may it continue.

I wouldn't hesitate to get these, they contain a lot more theology than would first appear on the service.  Big Smile

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PL | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 3:17 PM

Can someone comment on the other NT Wright titles that are also currently on sale but are not part of the Everyone's Series?  Are they all theological / academic in nature or are some also pastoral / devotional in approach?

Thanks in advance.

Peter

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 6:35 PM

PL:
Can someone comment on the other NT Wright titles that are also currently on sale but are not part of the Everyone's Series?  Are they all theological / academic in nature or are some also pastoral / devotional in approach?

In general, Tom writes his academic stuff as N T Wright (Nicholas Thomas) such as NTPG, JPG, and RSoG, whereas he writes his popular stuff as Tom Wright, e.g. Surprised by Hope.

That distinction falls down when 2 different publishers handle his work, and Logos does not maintain the distinction, so you'll have to check Amazon or Book Depository to see what the author is as published. (I'm kinda glad that Logos doesn't make the distinction, so I can search my library for N T Wright and get them all.)

The opening 2 chapters of NTPG are heavy going as he establishes an epistomology of story. After that, he switches to story (consistent with the epistomology he just established) and the style becomes easier. They're not inaccessible.

Having said that, you can't really read Tom while you're half-asleep. He is usually leading you to consider things that are outside of what you already know and ways you already think, so while the Tom Wright works are more accessible they do make you think. That's part of their value.

I have 40 of his works in Logos. Other than a couple of liturgically based ones, I find them all valuable.

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 7:01 PM

There are some things that I don't agree with N. T. Wright on.  I am not yet sold on the "New Perspective" on Paul.  However, I have enormous respect for the guy's scholarship and ability.  I do want to hear what he has to say and give it lots of consideration.  So I was glad to pick up more of his work, including the "Everyone's commentaries."

While the "Everyone's commentaries" are not critical commentaries like NICOT/NT, Word, or Pillar, they are very good for what they are intended to do.  Helpful and well worth picking up, especially at 75% off.  This is a great buy.

I have some of Wright's more scholarly work, and it is very good, whether one fully agrees with him or not. After all, I don't want to close my mind so tight that I can't get any ventilation in there.   You can't go wrong buying Wright at 75% off.

Just my opinion, and I am the expert on my opinion.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 6 2012 7:11 PM

Michael Childs:
Just my opinion, and I am the expert on my opinion.

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