Kent Yinger’s The New Perspective on Paul: An Introduction provides a readable, accessible, and historically based introduction to this now mature interpretive movement of Paul’s thought. Yinger explains the origins of the movement in the work of E.P. Sanders, notes the defining contribution of James D.G. Dunn, and explores the myriad trajectories other scholars have taken the New Perspective on Paul. Yinger rounds out his introduction by detailing the key exegetical and theological issues debated among scholars today.
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The New Perspective on Paul has, sadly, been more controversial than illuminative of a neglected dimension of Paul’s teaching on justification by faith. Professor Yinger most helpfully explains both aspects. This is as good an introduction to the New Perspective and the related Pauline teaching as you will find.
—James D.G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham
Kent Yinger has made a complex and often emotive debate about Paul and justification accessible to a wider audience. This book isn't beating any drum, it's not an apology for the ‘New Perspective’ thing, nor is it a declaration of war on any party. Rather, this is a map of the key terrain, a list of who is who in the zoo of debate, and a flashlight on several dark alleys of contested interpretations. At the same time, Yinger gives us some good and sensible commentary along the way. If you're lost in the maelstrom of theological polemics and Pauline interpretation, this book is one of the ways to help you get your bearings.
—Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology and Bible, Crossway College
For those who want to know what all the fuss is about and whether and how it matters, this is just the book. Kent Yinger, while thoroughly conversant with the huge amount of discussion generated by the New Perspective on Paul, has the gift of making the key issues accessible to others. Here is a readable, succinct, clear, accurate, and fair-minded introduction to the ongoing debate. For both the academy and the church Yinger provides a much needed perspective on the New Perspective.
—Andrew T. Lincoln, Portland Professor of New Testament, University of Gloucestershire
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Kent L. Yinger is professor of New Testament at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of Paul, Judaism, and Judgment According to Deeds.