The Saving Righteousness of God
Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"In a debate where the worst of Protestant infighting has been revived, and the 'spirit of slavery' has been more influential than 'the Spirit of adoption,' Michael Bird's treatment is more than welcome. His is a calm, judicious and irenic voice amid the welter of paranoid accusation and counteraccusation, which ought to be heard widely, and -- more important -- ought to be heeded. Perhaps, then the world will be able to say again, 'See how these Christians love one another' -- without sneering."
-- James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham
"For fair treatment and thoroughness of coverage, including that of literature which usually flies under most scholars' radar, this book is probably unmatched."
-- Robert H. Gundry, Scholar-in-Residence and Professor Emeritus, Westmont College
"The so-called 'new perspective' continues to exercise a profound effect on studies both of Judaism and of Paul. Students may well be confused by the complexities of the debate, but Michael Bird helpfully shows how fruitful insights can be derived from scholars on both sides of it. This fresh and sane approach to a difficult area will clarify the essential issues for students and preachers alike as they wrestle with expounding the thought of Paul for the contemporary church."
-- I. Howard Marshall, Honorary Research Professor of New Testament, University of Aberdeen
"The study of what Paul means by 'justification' has hopped its rails, and now scholars from opposing perspectives -- traditional Reformation theology and the New Perspective -- have exited the train and are standing on opposite sides of the track tossing stones at one another. Michael Bird has called for a peace plan, and his proposal of an incorporated righteousness not only offers peace but can actually get the train back on its tracks so we can get on with moving the gospel into our world. This study deserves a 'Nobel peace prize in Theology'."
-- Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University