*this is my 3rd post in this specific series on the NEW PERSPECTIVE ON PAUL
DUNN AND WRIGHT
DUNN AND WRIGHT
James D.G. Dunn pushed the NPP further along. Dunn’s work included the notion that Paul was attacking the ceremonial and nationalistic aspects of Jewish custom and not the overall theology of Second Temple Judaism itself. Dunn believes these “works of the law” functioned as “boundary markers” between Jews and Gentiles. This means Paul was fighting Jewish prejudice and anti-Gentile bigotry; not a supposed merit theology or moralistic legalism embedded in Second Temple Judaism. This means Paul’s doctrine of justification was not focused on the repentance of the sinner for his sin; rather Paul’s doctrine of justification was about including Gentiles into the covenant community. In Dunn’s words, “The leading edge of Paul’s theological thinking was the conviction that God’s purpose embraced Gentile as well as Jew, not the question of how a guilty man might find a gracious God” (italics mine). Dunn’s development of the NPP built on the foundation Sanders laid and (if I may) his ideas organically sprang out of Sanders’ scholastic soil. The same can be said for N.T. Wright.
N.T. Wright is probably the most influential NPP scholar. He is more conservative than either Sanders or Dunn and therefore has more sway in evangelical circles. Further, he writes books aimed at a broader (more popular) demographic, has an engaging communication style, is incredibly prolific in his output and is clearly a brilliant man. These factors combine to make him both extremely formidable and extremely interesting. Wright is even willing (and able!?) to almost single-handedly take on both the Reformers and their would-be heirs.
 James D.G. Dunn, “The New Perspective on Paul,” in Jesus, Paul, and the Law: Studies in Mark and Galatians (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1990), 183-214.
 See Dunn’s 1982 lectures on the NPP and his article “Works of the Law and the Curse of the Law (Galatians 3:10-14),” New Testament Studies 31 (1985): 523-542.
 Dunn, Jesus, Paul, and the Law, 232.