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Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Counterpoints)

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The apostle Paul was a vital force in the development of Christianity. Paul’s historical and religious context affects the theological interpretation of Paul’s writings—no small issue in the whole of Christian theology. Recent years have seen much controversy about the apostle Paul, his religious and social context, and its effects on his theology. In the helpful Counterpoints format, four scholars present their views on the best framework for describing Paul’s theological perspective, including his view of salvation, the significance of Christ, and his vision for the churches.

General editor and New Testament scholar Michael F. Bird covers foundational issues and provides helpful summaries in his introduction and conclusion. New Testament scholars, pastors, and students of Christian history and theology will find Four Views on the Apostle Paul an indispensable introduction to ongoing debates on the Apostle Paul’s life and teaching.

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  • Provides numerous perspectives on the Apostle Paul
  • Compares and critique multiple distinct views
  • Includes contributions from a diverse assortment of distinguished scholars and theologians

Top Highlights

“His key theological motif, that the Gentiles are saved by faith without adopting the Jewish way of life, won the day.” (Page 9)

“If we read Paul inductively, it is clear that his theology was formed by the Old Testament.” (Page 19)

“One of Paul’s fundamental frameworks, then, is the already but not yet character of his eschatology.” (Page 22)

“Dunn suggested Paul’s phrase ‘works of law’ should not be understood to refer to ‘legalism’ but to some problem in relation to Jewish ethnicity in terms of pride and/or exclusiveness.” (Page 114)

“According to Schreiner, the framework for understanding Paul is eschatology. Paul believed that the Old Testament promises about a new exodus, a new covenant, and a new creation have been partially realized in the work of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Page 12)

Michael F. Bird is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry. He is the author of several books, including Evangelical Theology, The Saving Righteousness of God, and with James Crossley, How Did Christianity Begin?


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