Seattle Pacific Seminary and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education hosted the Rev. Dr. N.T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, for two lectures on November 13. In the afternoon, Bishop Wright talked to School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary students, faculty, staff, and alumni about his latest book, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, and at 7 p.m. he gave a public lecture on the Psalms, which drew more than 1,600 people.
The former Bishop of Durham, UK, Wright currently serves as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity in the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For 20 years, he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air.
Wright, who has been called “the C.S. Lewis for our time,” is the award-winning author of nearly 60 books, including After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, The Challenge of Jesus, and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as the much-heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God. In his book released just before Paul and the Faithfulness of God — The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential —he makes an argument for why Christians must read, pray, sing, and live the Psalms.
Writes Publishers Weekly about The Case for the Psalms, “Wright … knows the Bible about as well as he knows his name …. The author’s reflections are pastoral, urging the reader to understand and then pray and sing the Psalms."