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Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul's Anthropology

, 2017
ISBN: 9780802868961
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In this book Susan Grove Eastman presents a fresh and innovative exploration of Paul's participatory theology in conversation with both ancient and contemporary conceptions of the self. Juxtaposing Paul, ancient philosophers, and modern theorists of the person, Eastman opens up a conversation that illuminates Paul's thought in new ways and brings his voice into current debates about personhood.

Eastman devotes close attention to the Pauline letters within their first-century context, particularly the Greco-Roman fascination with questions of performance and identity. At the same time, she draws out connections to recent trends in psychology and neurobiology in order to situate Paul's insights in deep dialogue with contemporary understandings of human identity.

Key Features

  • Explores different approaches to anthrophology and Paul's thought
  • Takes seriously contemporary understandings of neurobiology and cognitive science
  • Places contemporary science in dialogue with ancient views of identity and humanity


  • Introduction: The Puzzle of Pauline Anthropology
  • Part One: A Three-Way Conversation
    • The Way to Freedom: Epictetus on the Person
    • “Who Are You?”: Contemporary Perspectives on the Person
    • Embodied and Embedded: The Corporeal Reality of Pauline Participation
  • Part Two: Participation and the Self
    • Relationality Gone Bad: The Evacuation of the Self in Romans 7
    • Divine Participation: The New Christological Agent in Philippians 2
    • The Saving Relation: Union with Christ in Galatians 2
  • Conclusion: Pushing the Reset Button on Paul’s Anthropology

Praise for the Print Edition

This book does give us rich new insight into Paul and well-conceived language with which to communicate his theology effectively today. That is a precious gift indeed.

—John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity Durham University

  • Title: Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul’s Anthropology
  • Author: Susan Eastman
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2017
  • Logos Release Date: 2019
  • Pages: 223
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Theological anthropology › Christianity; Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Theology; Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBN: 9780802868961
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-08-16T01:02:09Z

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Professor Eastman teaches in the biblical and ministerial divisions, teaching both New Testament and Christian Education courses. Her scholarly focus is on Paul’s letters in relationship to the formation of Christian identity through the life of the local church. She has written on Paul’s use of relational imagery to proclaim the gospel’s power to transform and sustain Christian communities over time. Her current project is “Teaching at the End of the World: Apocalyptic Education in the New Testament,” which explores the correlation between message and method in New Testament texts. Her most recent publication is “The Foolish Father and the Economics of Grace,” in The Expository Times.

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