Understanding the NT

"One can only understand the New Testament by seeing its component parts as straddling the two worlds from which Christianity was born. It is a Jewish book, telling Jewish-style stories, yet telling them for the world. It is a book of the world, retelling the story of the world as the story of Israel, and the story of Israel as the story of Jesus, in order to subvert hte world's stories, and to lay before the world the claim of Jesus to be its sovereign. It is a Christan book, pouring new wine into the old bottles of Judaism, and new Jewish wine into the old bottles of the world, intending that this double exercise should have its inevitable and explosive double effect."

-N.T. Wright, NTPG, 469