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The Apostle Paul: His Life, Thought, and Letters

, 2016
ISBN: 9780802841148


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In this comprehensive introduction to the apostle Paul, Stanley Porter devotes serious consideration both to the background and major contours of Paul’s thought and to the unique contributions of each of his letters.

Porter begins by introducing the Pauline tradition and outlining the basics of Paul’s life, the chronology of his ministry, and his several imprisonments. Porter then discusses the background to Paul’s thought, examines some of the major themes of his writings, and treats issues concerning the Pauline epistles, such as pseudonymity and canon.

Finally, Porter delves into all thirteen of Paul’s letters individually, placing them within their historical contexts and examining critical issues relating to the content and interpretation of each letter. The result is a thorough, balanced treatment of one of the most important figures in Christianity.

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  • Presents an introduction to both Paul as a human and his letters
  • Discusses and deconstructs each of Paul’s letters through various contexts
  • Part 1: The Pauline Tradition
    • Paul the Person
    • The Chronology of Paul’s Ministry and His Imprisonments
    • Background to Paul’s Thought
    • Major Themes of Paul’s Thought and Writings
    • The Pauline Letter Form
    • Pseudonymity and Formation of the Pauline Canon
  • Part 2: The Pauline Letters
    • Galatians
    • 1–2 Thessalonians
    • 1–2 Corinthians
    • Romans
    • Prison Epistles: Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians
    • Pastoral Epistles: 1–2 Timothy, Titus
This volume is a remarkable synthesis of Stanley Porter’s extensive work on the background, setting, and content of Paul’s letters. Making it clear that historical investigation still counts, Porter addresses a whole array of debates on Paul and his letters with careful and measured judgments. Here is an in-depth introduction to Paul from which both a beginning student and an advanced scholar can profit.

—Mark A. Seifrid, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

In this well-organized and accessibly written book, noted Pauline scholar Stanley Porter surveys both Paul’s letters and traditional introductory questions surrounding them. Although Porter is as brilliantly independent as usual and many of his own conclusions are traditional, he presents fairly the arguments for various positions, enabling critical readers to reach their own conclusions.

—Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

Stan Porter’s work on Paul and his letters represents scholarship at its best. Porter assesses the evidence independently and from a fresh perspective. . . . A tremendous resource for scholars, teachers, pastors, and students.

—Thomas R. Schreiner, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This book showcases Porter’s ability to integrate history and interpretation. A very satisfying study of Paul’s ministry and letters, this learned work will become a standard in the field of Pauline studies.

—Craig A. Evans, Houston Baptist University

  • Title: The Apostle Paul: His Life, Thought, and Letters
  • Author: Stanley E. Porter
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2016
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 486
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Romans › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 1 Corinthians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 2 Corinthians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Galatians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Ephesians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Philippians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Colossians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 1 Thessalonians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 2 Thessalonians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 1 Timothy › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. 2 Timothy › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Titus › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Philemon › Commentaries
  • ISBN: 9780802841148
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-08-27T21:03:22Z

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Stanley E. Porter

Stanley E. Porter (1956–) is a respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies. He received a BA from Point Loma College, an MA from Claremont Graduate School, another MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of Sheffield.

Porter is best known for his works on verbal aspects in New Testament Greek. He is a respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies worldwide, and is actively involved in OpenText.org and the Linguistics Institute of Ancient and Biblical Greek. He is also a regular columnist for Christian Week

Porter currently serves as president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College. He is the author or editor of numerous studies in the New Testament and Greek language, including Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Discourse Analysis and the New Testament: Approaches and Results, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.


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