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Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo



A must-have for any serious Pauline scholar or student, this Festschrift to Douglas J. Moo is unique in several ways. Since Doug has been a key proponent to the Old Perspective on Paul, the reader will be interested in reading the essay by N. T. Wright in which he reflects on the phrase “the righteousness of God” in Romans 3. And where else can you read an essay by James D. G. Dunn on “What’s Good about the Old Perspective on Paul” and by Stephen Westerholm on “What’s Right about the New Perspective on Paul”?

Since one of Doug Moo’s roles is as chairman of the Committee on Bible Translation (which oversees the NIV translation), several authors offer arguments for modifications to the NIV for the committee to consider. Interestingly, Jonathan A. Moo, Doug’s son, who is following in his father’s footsteps as a biblical scholar, does a careful analysis of Paul’s reflections on himself as the father of those whom he has led to Christ.

These are only some of the rich, solid essays from colleagues and former students that fill this book.

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Key Features

  • Focues on exegesis, Paul’s use of Scripture, and contemporary Pauline scholarship
  • Honors the works and legacy of Doug Moo
  • Explores specific passages in the Pauline Epistles


  • “Douglas J. Moo: Life and Career,” by Dane C. Ortlund

Exegeting Paul

  • “Already Reigning in Life through One Man: Recovery of Adam’s Abandoned Dominion (Romans 5:12–21),” by Ardel B. Caneday
  • “The Catalytic Operation of the Law and Moral Transformation in Romans 6–7,” by Chris A. Vlachos
  • “Of Parents and Children: 1 Corinthians 4:15– 16 and Life in the Family of God,” by Jonathan A. Moo
  • “A Slogan in 1 Corinthians 6:18b: Pressing the Case,” by Jay E. Smith
  • “Mirror-Reading with Paul and against Paul: Galatians 2:11–14 as a Test Case,” by D.A. Carson
  • “Greek Grammar and the Translation of Philippians 2:12,” by Verlyn D. Verbrugge

Paul’s Use of Scripture and the Jesus Tradition

  • “Quotations, Allusions, and Echoes of Jesus in Paul,” by Craig L. Blomberg
  • “Allegory, Typology, or Something Else? Revisiting Galatians 4:21 –5:1,” by Matthew S. Harmon
  • “Hermeneutics and Paul: Psalm 68:18 in Ephesians 4:7–10 as a Test Case,” by Grant R. Osborne

Pauline Scholarship and His Contemporary Significance

  • “Salvation History (Heilsgeschichte) and Paul: Comments on a Disputed but Essential Category,” by Robert W. Yarbrough
  • “The Eschatology of Paul,” by G.K. Beale
  • “What’s Right about the Old Perspective on Paul,” by James D.G. Dunn
  • “What’s Right about the New Perspective on Paul,” by Stephen Westerholm
  • “A New Perspective on Käsemann? Apocalyptic, Covenant, and the Righteousness of God,” by N.T. Wright
  • “Understanding Truth according to Paul,” by Thomas R. Schreiner
  • “Paul’s Message Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: For Doug Moo, in Gratitude,” by Mark A. Seifrid

Praise for the Print Edition

It goes without saying that Doug Moo and I have not always agreed. But his patient attention to the text, especially when it does not seem to agree with our church traditions, is a shining example of what exegesis means. That, I believe, is the ideal in which he and I are bound in ties of fellowship transcending verbal disputes.

—N. T. Wright

Doug is a top-notch NT scholar, as apparent from his several excellent published commentaries. I believe that he is one of the best commentary writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His excellent and incisive exegetical thinking is always evident.

—G. K. Beale

Doug is the essence of a Christian gentleman and scholar. His kindness is demonstrated in how he treats those who disagree with him, for he honors and respects those who differ with him.

—Thomas R. Schreiner

Product Details

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About the Editors

Matthew S. Harmon (PhD, Wheaton College) is professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He was previously on staff with Cru for eight years and is the author of several books. Matthew and his wife, Kate, live in Warsaw, Indiana, and have two sons.

Jay E. Smith is Department Chair and Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

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  1. Michael H. Olsson
    What little I have read is great.