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Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021
Well, I am sorry, really, truly sorry, but I could not finish reading this book, simply because I was very disturbed by my perception of what Wright had to say in chapter two about Paul's journey to Damascus. I read and re-read Wright's thoughts several times to try to be sure I understood him correctly. And if I am correct, he was saying that what Paul (then known as Saul) experienced on the road to Damascus was a self-induced trance brought on by a deep meditation on the vision the prophet Ezekiel experienced when he saw the wheels, the four-faced creatures, the throne, and the One who sat on the throne. And I thought, "What? Really?" In the three-fold telling of that event in the book of Acts (chapters 9, 22, and 26) there is no mention of any such thinking on Paul's part. What happened was a sudden, unexpected encounter with the risen Jesus, who interrupted Paul's journey and began setting him on a whole new mission in life. To me Wright's interpretation of Paul's divine encounter undermines the rest of Paul's ministry, as well as the authority of the letters he wrote. I regret to say that Wright lost his credibility with me at that point.