Conversion is intrinsic to the Christian religion. The most remarkable conversion recorded in the New Testament is that of Paul, and most Christians consider Christ's encounter with Paul to be a prototype of Christian conversion generally. This collection of eleven essays gives Paul's conversion a firmer rootage in the biblical materials while also emphasizing personal application. The contributors examine the nature of Paul's Damascus Road experience and the impact of that experience on his thought and ministry, and explore how Paul's experience functions as a paradigm for Christian thought and action today.
Contributions to this volume include:
- "Interpreting Paul's Conversion—Then and Now," Bruce Corley
- "A Realized Hope, a New Commitment, and a Developed Proclamation: Paul and Jesus," Richard N. Longenecker
- "A New Understanding of the Present and the Future: Paul and Eschatology," I. Howard Marshall
- "Israelite, Convert, Apostle to the Gentiles: The Origin of Paul's Gentile Mission," Terence L. Donaldson
- "Paul and Justification by Faith," James D. G. Dunn
- "God Reconciled His Enemy to Himself: The Origin of Paul's Concept of Reconciliation," Seyoon Kim
- "Contours of Covenant Theology in the Post-Conversion Paul," Bruce W. Longenecker
- "Sinai as Viewed from Damascus: Paul's Reevaluation of the Mosaic Law," Stephen Westerholm
- "Paul's Conversion as Key to His Understanding of the Spirit," Gordon D. Fee
- "Paul on Women and Gender: A Comparison with Early Jewish Views," Judith M. Gundry-Volf
- "Paul's Conversion and His Ethic of Freedom in Galatians," G. Walter Hansen
Praise for the Print Edition
In short, while this work does not treat every major topic in Pauline thought, it forms a helpful primer on numerous key topics and their origins, admirably meeting the objectives of the series.
—Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary Journal
- Title: The Road from Damascus: The Impact of Paul's Conversion on His Life, Thought, and Ministry
- Editor: Richard N. Longenecker
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 1997
- Pages: 269
About Richard N. Longenecker
A prominent New Testament scholar, Richard N. Longenecker served as Distinguished Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College and taught for many years at Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto. He is now retired. His education includes B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. from New College in the University of Edinburgh. He was also honored with a D.D. from Wycliffe College. Author of numerous books, his volume of Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 41: Galatians is currently available for download. He is presently working on a major commentary on Paul's Epistle to the Romans, to be published in the New International Greek Testament Commentary series.