I recently read N. T. Wright’s What Saint Paul Really Said, and wanted to recommend it here for a couple of reasons.
First, Wright is obviously one of the most dynamic and influential NT scholars around. His theories on Paul have influenced many, and in this little book he packages his views well for quick consumption.
Second, this is a great entré to discover and wrestle with his ideas directly. There’s little to no scholarly documentation, and that’s by choice, as this book is meant to be popular. At the same time, Wright does not shy away from discussing centerpieces of his programmatic theories, like empire criticism and his view of justification as covenantal, eschatological vindication of those who have faith in Jesus.
This is a helpful, quick read for those who either want to understand Wright better or who need to wrestle more carefully with Paul. Highly recommended.