For decades, scholars such as E.P. Sanders, James D.G. Dunn, and N.T. Wright have presented a new way of viewing Paul in the light of his historical and theological context. This “New Perspective on Paul” (NPP) posits that the Judaism of Paul’s day and the accompanying debates concerning justification had less to do with individual salvation, and more to do with Jewish-Gentile issues.
NPP is not without its detractors—stalwart defenders of the traditional Protestant understanding John Piper and D.A. Carson among them. However, New Testament scholar Donald Garlington offers a mediating position that, he says, upholds the cherished doctrines of the Reformation—such as the imputed righteousness of Christ—while embracing many of the profound insights of NPP.
This selection of Garlington’s work on Paul includes his Exposition of Galatians. In this commentary, see Garlington’s approach in action as he interprets the letter in light of NPP. In Exegetical Essays, Garlington deals directly with specific issues concerning NPP—such as justification—and responds to the criticisms of John Piper. In Studies in the New Perspective on Paul, he takes on even more critics, directly responding to the work of D.A. Carson, Piper, and S.M. Baugh.
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Be sure to pick up the oft-cited critique of the New Perspective on Paul, Justification and Variegated Nomism.
Don Garlington is a celebrated New Testament scholar noted for his support of the “New Perspective” on Paul. He holds an MDiv and ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary and PhD from the University of Durham. He has been a professor at Toronto Baptist Seminary and Tyndale Seminary. He is the author of The Obedience of Faith: A Pauline Phrase in Historical Context and Faith, Obedience, and Perseverance: Aspects of Paul’s Letter to the Romans.