I must say I very much enjoyed this book. Once again Tom Wright has given me much to think about, and even when I don't agree (or perhaps not totally agree) with him, I do appreciate his argument. I would argue, that though this is a massive work (over 1500 pages), I do believe you should read the 3 previous volumes in Wright's Christian Origins and the People of God. I've now read them (and this is my first reading) back-to-back, and believe I have benefited greatly from this exercise. Paul in many academic / scholarly works has always seemed very 2 dimensional - often portrayed as having only one purpose or one style - and I've always found these very wanting when compared to the Paul of the New Testament. Wright however presents a very 3 dimensional Paul - a Paul who seems very real whilst at the same time very much being the Paul of the New Testament. Paul comes across as being very Jewish (in the Second Temple / 1st Century understanding of that) and very Messiah-oriented - that is, Paul saw Jesus as the Messiah that Israel had been waiting for, as the fulfilment of everything that the God of Israel had planned and announced in Scripture. Wright places Paul firmly in the world of 1st Century Rome, with good comparisons with Greek thought and understanding. Of course, this book is not written as an Evangelical commentary on Paul - rather, like the previous volumes, Wright writes as a Historian, as a scholar to other scholars. Whilst I would've enjoyed a section looking at the Pastoral Epistles, I do understand why he doesn't given this context. And as a scholarly work, this has extensive footnotes and impressive references and indices. Very worthwhile read!