I was searching on NT Wright’s home page for something on Adam. There was a brief video of his view of the Adam and Eve story. http://biologos.org/blog/on-genesis-2-and-3.
He admonishes us to dig below the level of the words on the page to the deeper level of Israel’s exile and restoration and, in turn, to the Christian’s exile and restoration. I was immediately reminded that there are four Jewish levels of interpretation. In this short video, Wright does not seem to believe in a literal Adam. “Let me see if there is anything about Original Sin on his site,” I asked myself. No nothing. On “sin” perhaps. No, no titles containing “sin”; “sin,” that is, as I understand it. There were, eight other “sins,” among which were three I enjoyed:
Vimeo, Spring 2012:
N. T. Wright SINgs about Genesis
N. T. Wright SINgs Sydney Carter
N. T. Wright SINgs Bob Dylan
There was also his, “Christian hope in a confuSINg world.”
Am I now justified in thinking that Wright does not believe in “All died in Adam.” No. But I wonder. Perhaps Wright does believe that Adam’s sin was imputed to his descendants. One thing I can tell you, this is not the general Jewish position. Owing to the fact that Wright wants us, when we read the New Testament, to think like Jews of Jesus’ time, I’ll impute nothing to Wright until I’ve followed more faithfully his – as Jacques Derrida would have said – excavations into the historical and linguistic sedimentations of the Sign – the (surface) text.
Or have I, like the Reformers, got the wrong perspective and thus am asking the wrong questions, instead of asking the questions a Jew – Paul, perhaps- would have asked? The overarching question, though, must surely be this: “Can I know, now, as I write, that I have been justified in God’s eyes, not only, as a Roman Catholic would say – and NT Wright?, at the end of my life or the world?”