This study introduces its readers to the differing positions and methods developed by contemporary scholars in Pauline studies. By setting out these views, and the evidence on which they are based, it equips the reader to approach the study of Paul with an awareness of the range of current debate and a knowledge of the evidence and arguments they will encounter. After consThis study introduces its readers to the differing positions and methods developed by contemporary scholars in Pauline studies. By setting out these views, and the evidence on which they are based, it equips the reader to approach the study of Paul with an awareness of the range of current debate and a knowledge of the evidence and arguments they will encounter. After considering Paul's importance and influence, and the important sources for the study of Paul, the book examines: the earliest period of Christianity - from Jesus to Paul; Paul's life before and after his 'conversion'; his individual letters; the major elements of his theology; his attitude to Israel and the Jewish law; new approaches to the study of Paul, including social-scientific and feminist approaches; and Paul's legacy in the New Testament and beyond. This volume now includes study questions at the end of each chapter as well as updated reading lists....
|Title||:||An Introduction to the Study of Paul|
|Number of Pages||:||301 Pages|
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An Introduction to the Study of Paul Reviews
Great overview of St. Paul and his writings. The first half, encompassing Paul's life and theology, was most fascinating, with the latter chapters, exploring new approaches to Paul, less so. But overall, the author has succeeded in his goal to present to the reader the "various areas of discussion in the contemporary study of Paul".
All in all, a good book about the issues surrounding Pauline studies. As is indicated in the title, this book is an introduction to the study of Paul, not an introduction to Paul. If you're looking for a book that's going to take sides in the various debates in Pauline studies, then you're going to be disappointed with this book. But, that's the advantage of this book. It doesn't do your thinking for you. It presents the debates about Paul's theology, historical value, and relevance for contemporary issues, and shows you all the different angles from which those things can be seen. It's up to the reader to go from there. In its presentation of the material the author does his best to be fair to all sides which is helpful in allowing the reader to form their own judgment. Even though I have very strong opinions about what Paul really meant, I still think this book does a very good job representing both sides of the various issues surrounding the interpretation of Paul.
Brief but helpful. His section on the Law helped distill some of the NPP for me. Think I more or less line up there.
This review made a finest introduction on Paul's life and work and ideas... good scholarship!