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Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul
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Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul


Pickwick Publications 2013

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Was Paul shaped by the movement that began with the teaching and activities of Jesus, or did he start something new? Attempts to answer this question one way or the other have a long history dating back to the nineteenth century. Gerry Schoberg raises the question again in light of more recent scholarship—especially in light of historical Jesus research and the so-called “New Perspective” on Paul.

Schoberg seeks family resemblances between Jesus and Paul on matters that are both fundamentally important and distinctive, and that can best be explained in terms of Paul’s dependence on Jesus. Three aspects of Jesus’ ministry—his welcome of the marginalized, his challenge to his followers that they would share his fate, and his belief that God was doing something profoundly new—are presented as the source of three corresponding aspects in Paul’s thought—his welcome of Gentiles, his language of participation, and his belief in the present reality of new creation.

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Key Features

  • Examines the family resemblances between Jesus and Paul
  • Unpacks recent scholarship on the historical Jesus and the “New Perspective” on Paul
  • Discusses Paul’s dependence on Jesus


  • Jesus’ Table Fellowship with Tax Collectors and Sinners
  • Paul’s Welcome of the Gentiles
  • Jesus’ Challenge to Share His Fate
  • Paul’s Participationist Language
  • Jesus’ Ministry in the Context of New Creation
  • Paul’s New Creation Eschatology

Praise for the Print Edition

This advances the discussion about the relationship of Jesus to Paul, or Paul to Jesus, by a decade. I have tired of facile knockdowns of Paul because he doesn’t talk often enough about kingdom, or because he doesn’t rehearse some of the Sermon on the Mount, and yet those facts won’t go away. But deeper than specifics is a pattern of thinking, and Schoberg’s proposals show Jesus and Paul were on the same page, even if Paul carried on the conversation Jesus began.

Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

Schoberg sheds new light on the thorny question of how Paul relates to Jesus. Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul takes a new and creative approach that, in my view, is both stimulating and compelling. Schoberg shows how the lines of continuity between Jesus and Paul are meaningful and very significant. In essence, we see in Paul’s outreach to Gentiles a replication of the distinctive elements of the ministry of Jesus. Those who claim Paul invented a new faith need to read Schoberg’s well-written book carefully.

Craig A. Evans, professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

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About Gerry Schoberg

Gerry Schoberg is the senior academic administrator at Regent College. He specializes in biblical languages, the New Testament, and Pauline studies.