I forgot to note—although I don’t know how this is possible—that I received a copy of Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978-2013 by N. T. Wright courtesy of Fortress Press last week. Today I received Wright’s magnum opus Paul and the Faithfulness of God and in flipping through the back matter I saw Chris Tilling listed in the bibliography! I then checked the author index and turned to one of the places where Tilling is mentioned as found the following:
Wright said, “A different dimension within a similar argument has recently been offered by Chris Tilling. He has pointed out in considerable detail that Paul’s descriptions of the relationship between early Christians and Jesus matches the scriptural descriptions of the relationship between Israel and the One God. ‘The way Second Temple Judaism understood God as unique, namely through the God-relation pattern, was used by Paul to express the Christ-relation.’ This ought I believe to be factored in, alongside Hurtado’s arguments, to any future statement of how Paul saw Jesus.” (Paul and the Faithfulness of God, 2.651, emphasis mine)
It is extremely satisfying to see Chris get this kind of recognition and respect. As Jim West has rightly noted on more than one occasion: Tilling’s book is the best thing to be written on Paul in the last 20 years!