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Apostle of the Last Days: The Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul
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Apostle of the Last Days: The Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul


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Paul’s life, letters, and theology are unified by the theme of the overlapping of two ages—this age and the age to come. With the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the age to come (i.e., kingdom of God) broke into this present age but didn’t end it. Where other important doctrines such as justification by faith, reconciliation, and the cross of Christ were key players in Paul’s theology, Marvin Pate compellingly demonstrates that the overarching theme driving the Pauline corpus was indeed Paul’s inaugurated eschatology. In fact, Paul’s apocalyptic framework was only one of a number of other rival eschatologically focused religious perspectives of the day, such as the Imperial Cult, Hellenistic/syncretistic religion, and the merkabah Judaizers. Paul’s vigorous debates with the churches he served centered on the exclusivity of the gospel of Christ that he preached: the nonnegotiable apocalypse of Jesus the Messiah. Apostle of the Last Days will be welcomed in the classroom as a one-volume treatment of Paul’s life and letters as well as his theology.

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Key Features

  • Offers treatment based on the eschatological center of Paul’s message
  • Discusses Paul’s letters from both the traditional and non-traditional perspectives
  • Analyzes the importance of the book of Acts for understanding Paul’s life
  • Surveys the competing schools of thought that have claimed to be the center of Paul’s theology


  • Part One: The Life and Letters of Paul
    • Paul: An Apocalyptic Seer
    • Galatians: Justification by Faith—God’s End-time Verdict Now
    • 1 and 2 Thessalonians: The Signs of the Times, Paul, and the Thessalonians
    • 1 and 2 Corinthians: Paul’s Eschatological Reservation and the Corinthians
    • A Summary of 1 and 2 Corinthians
    • Romans: The Righteousness of God and Paul’s Apocalyptic Gospel to the Churches at Rome
    • Philippians: Rejoicing in Suffering and the Already/Not Yet
    • Colossians: Hellenistic Religion, Merkabah Mysticism, Imperial Cult, and the Colossian Heresy
    • Philemon and the Overlapping of the Two Ages
    • Ephesians: Judaism, the Imperial Cult, Artemis, and the Battle of the Two Ages
    • The Pastorals: Hellenistic Religion, the Imperial Cult, Philonic Mystical Exegesis, and Paul’s Inaugurated Eschatology
  • Part Two: The Theology of Paul
    • The Theology of Paul

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About C. Marvin Pate

C. Marvin Pate (MA, Wheaton; PhD, Marquette University) taught for 13 years at Moody Bible Institute. Now he is chair of the Department of Christian Theology and professor of theology at Ouachita Baptist University. Pate has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, including Four Views on the Book of Revelation, The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse, and Teach the Text Commentary: Romans from Teach the Text Commentary Series.