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Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology


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After the landmark work of E. P. Sanders, the task of rightly accounting for Paul’s relationship to Judaism has dominated the last forty years of Pauline scholarship. Pitre, Barber, and Kincaid argue that Paul is best viewed as a new covenant Jew, a designation that allows the apostle to be fully Jewish, yet in a manner centered on the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. This new covenant Judaism provides the key that unlocks the door to many of the difficult aspects of Pauline theology.

Paul, a New Covenant Jew is a rigorous, yet accessible overview of Pauline theology intended for ecumenical audiences. In particular, it aims to be the most useful and up to date text on Paul for Catholic Seminarians. The book engages the best recent scholarship on Paul from both Protestant and Catholic interpreters and serves as a launching point for ongoing Protestant-Catholic dialogue.

  • Provides an overview of Pauline theology intended for ecumenical audiences
  • Engages the best recent scholarship on Paul from both Protestant and Catholic interpreters
  • Serves as a launching point for ongoing Protestant-Catholic dialogue
  • What Kind of Jew Was Paul?
  • Paul and Apocalyptic
  • Pauline Christology
  • The Cross and Atonement
  • New Covenant Justification through Divine Sonship
  • The Lord’s Supper and the New Creation
  • Conclusion: Paul’s Gospel of Divine Sonship
A helpful synthesis of themes in Pauline theology that reveals connections with one another and with Old Testament precedents. Many of these insights will resonate with Protestant as well as Catholic exegetes, and Protestants such as myself will find these authors gracious, worthy, and willing conversation partners.

—Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

The world of biblical studies and Pauline theology has been waiting a generation for this book. Covering a wide range of major issues, while engaging the wide spectrum of current perspectives, this is a major contribution to Pauline scholarship from three outstanding Catholic scholars—well worth the wait.

—Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Pitre, Barber, and Kincaid persuasively argue that Paul was a new covenant Jew, an approach that proves to be a convincing way of describing the continuities between Paul and Judaism as well as the discontinuities that emerge out of Paul’s explicit christological recasting of the Jewish worldview. In a deliciously ecumenical approach, their vision of Paul brings together various threads of Jewish apocalypticism, Paul’s core conviction about Jesus, his account of the cross and justification, as well as new creation and communion. A genuinely fresh and insightful study of Paul that all serious students of the Bible will need to read.

—Michael F. Bird, Ridley College

  • Title: Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology
  • Authors: Brant Pitre, Michael P. Barber, and John A. Kincaid
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 304
  • Resource Type: Collected Essays
  • Topic: Pauline Studies

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Brant Pitre is Distinguished Research Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology

Michael P. Barber is Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture and Theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology

John A. Kincaid is a Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville


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  1. John Frederick Amora
  2. Cliff Stumpf

    Cliff Stumpf


    I’m a Protestant but this book as answered many things that truly didn’t make sense about justification and sanctification in Protestant theology. I wasn’t necessarily against the doctrine of imputation because in some places in the Bible it does seem to fit some descriptions of initial justification. But then, I knew at the heart of the salvation message was also the subject of being transformed into the image of Christ which definitely fit with Jeremiah’s prophecy of God given us a new heart where he would write his laws and statues on the heart of the new believer in Christ. And this is fulfilled in the New Covenant put into place by the blood of Christ. So this new heart along with the Soirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death and free to live for God. It also made sense of Paul’s use of the word “works of the law” as referring to the whole of the law excluding the Ten Commandments which are still in place. I look forward to re-reading this book as it is probably the best book that truly describs Paul’s theology of the New Covenant making both Jew and Gentle partakers in the body of Christ through faith in Jesus Christ.

  3. Fernando Elías
    Sublime!! The best that I've read about Saint Paul!! Thank you very much Brant Pitre!

  4. Zach Korthals

    Zach Korthals


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