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The New Perspective on Paul: Collected Essays
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The New Perspective on Paul: Collected Essays


Mohr Siebeck 2005

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This collection of essays highlights a dimension of Paul’s theology of justification which has been rather neglected: that his teaching emerged as an integral part of his understanding of his commission to preach the gospel to non-Jews; and that his dismissal of justification ‘by works of the law’ was directed not so much against Jewish legalism but rather against his fellow Jews’ assumption that the law remained a dividing wall separating Christian Jews from Christian Gentiles. The long opening essay interacts with critiques of this ‘New Perspective on Paul’ and seeks to carry forward the debate on Jewish soteriology, on the relation of justification by faith to judgment ‘according to works,’ on Christian fulfillment of the law, and on the crucial role of Christ, his death and resurrection.

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Key Features

  • Presents new methodologies for interpreting the New Testament
  • Explores different forms of Greek for a fuller understanding of New Testament interpretation
  • Presents contemporary views on Paul’s thought and theology
  • Studies extrabiblical literature to bring context to biblical literature


  • The New Perspective on Paul: whence, what, whither?
  • The New Perspective on Paul (1983)
  • Works of the Law and the Curse of the Law (Gal. 3.10–14) (1985)
  • The New Perspective on Paul: Paul and the Law (1988)
  • What was the Issue between Paul and “Those of the Circumcision”? (1991)
  • The Theology of Galatians: The Issue of Covenantal Nomism (1991)
  • The Justice of God: A Renewed Perspective on Justification by Faith (1991)
  • Yet Once More – “The Works of the Law”: A Response (1992)
  • Echoes of Intra-Jewish Polemic in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (1993)
  • How New was Paul’s Gospel? The Problem of Continuity and Discontinuity (1994)
  • Was Paul against the Law? The Law in Galatians and Romans: A Test-Case of Text in Context (1995)
  • In Search of Common Ground (2001)
  • “Neither Circumcision Nor Uncircumcision, but ...” (Gal. 5.2–12; 6.12–16; cf. 1 Cor. 7.17–20) (1996)
  • 4QMMT and Galatians (1997)
  • Paul’s Conversion – A Light to Twentieth Century Disputes (1997)
  • Paul and Justification by Faith (1997)
  • Whatever Happened to “Works of the Law”? (1998)
  • Jesus the Judge: Further Thoughts on Paul’s Christology and Soteriology (2001)
  • Noch einmal “Works of the Law”: The Dialogue Continues (2002)
  • Did Paul have a Covenant Theology? Reflections on Romans 9.4 and 11.27 (2004)
  • Paul and the Torah (2004)
  • Philippians 3.2–14 and the New Perspective on Paul

Product Details

  • Title: The New Perspective on Paul: Collected Essays
  • Author: James D.G. Dunn
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 540
  • Resource Type: Collected Essays
  • Topic: New Perspective on Paul

About James D.G. Dunn

James D.G. Dunn is emeritus lightfoot professor of divinity at the University of Durham and is a leading British New Testament scholar.

Dunn studied at the University of Glasgow where he received his MA and BD He also received a PhD and DD from the University of Cambridge. In 2002, Dunn became only the third British scholar to be made the president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

He is the author of, among other books, the two-volumes Romans 1–8 and Romans 9–16 of the Word Biblical Commentary, The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon in The New International Greek Testament Commentary (12 Vols.), Unity and Diversity in New Testament Theology, and Christology in the Making.

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