Taken from Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision by N.T. Wright
The word relationship in contemporary English is in any case far too slippery to be of any use at this point. The “relationality” of “righteousness” does not have to do with “getting to know someone personally”, as “relationship” implies to most people today, but rather with “how they are related to one another” (which might be true, say, of cousins who had never met and were even unaware of one another’s existence), “how they stand in relation to one another” (which might be true of parties in a lawsuit who did not know one another at all), or to what is “the status of their relationship”. And, once that is clear, it moves the language back where most people today place it: in a mixture, yet to be explored, of covenant and lawcourt.