Perhaps you’ve been exposed to this sort of information before. Perhaps it was even dismissed as nonsense, or even worse–outright dangerous, bordering on the heretical. But if I were to tell you that to properly understand the Gospels and the writings of Paul–that you had to subscribe to the following:
“If you are expecting Paul to read the Bible like it was set in stone you will find yourself getting pretty nervous. For Paul, now that Jesus has come, the Bible was more like clay to be molded.” –Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So, emphasis added
What comes to mind? What’s that initial reaction? I was like you once. I was right where you’re right now. Yes, I too became nervous, uneasy, and outright defensive–how could this be?
But it had to be this way. It is the only way the Bible truly makes sense. No more superficial answers. No more need to control the text, the script, through Western, 21st century eyes. Rather, it’s seeing and letting Paul and the other NT writers reread their Bible, Israel’s Scripture–the Old Testament–in light of the coming of Jesus, Israel’s Messiah.
So instead of dismissing the likes of N.T. Wright as dangerous or even heretical, perhaps it’s time to take them seriously, in order to better understand your Bible.