One of my favorite New Testament biblical scholars is N.T. Wright. Wright is an Anglican priest and the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England (2003-2010). He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. Wright is a prolific author, publishing dozens of books for both academic and general audiences. I like Wright because he combines a rigorous academic and historical analysis with adherence to the core Catholic-Anglican theology (not to mention his having a great sense of humor). As such, Wright is often criticized by liberals for too “conservative” and by conservatives for being too “liberal”.
For those not familiar with N.T. Wright, I would recommend the books “Simply Christian“, “Simply Jesus” and the free materials available here. For those familiar with N.T. Wright and looking for more in-depth academic readings that will strengthen your faith, I highly recommend Wright’s three-book series on Christian Origins and the Question of God.
Below is a video lecture of N.T. Wright from the Veritas Forum at Georgetown, 2006 in which Wright as he walks us through the major sections of his book “Simply Christian.”
We used one of his books my freshman year of college. At that time I thought he was too liberal. Now I must laugh at myself.
Lana, that is too funny. I really enjoy your blog and learning about your journeys and experiences.