Chris Tilling on 2 Corinthians 5:21

Chris Tilling defends NTW’s reading of 2 Corinthians 5:21. I, like Chris, have arrived at the conviction that Wright’s reading is the most natural one for a variety of reasons. Wright’s reading of the passage can be found here. I am not sure exactly when Wright arrived at this position, he still held a more traditional reading of the text in this article on justification from the beginning of the 1980s (see the context of footnote 6). The argument against limiting the reference to Paul and his ministry is made by such as Richard Hays, who is otherwise sympathetic to Wright’s reading (see footnote 5 of this article).

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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1 Response to Chris Tilling on 2 Corinthians 5:21

  1. I haven’t yet read the early Wright article, so thanks for these links, Alastair. I think it is instructive in this case how people can see a passage of scripture so differently. On the back cover of John Piper’s defence of imputed righteousness, John Stott claims Piper’s case is solid just on the basis of 2 Cor 5:21! To be fair, most commentaries would agree with him, but this is a case in which we should speak of a very ‘vocal’ minority opinion!

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