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Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (IVP Bible Dictionary)

, 1993
ISBN: 9780830874910

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No other single reference work presents as much information focused exclusively on Pauline theology, literature, background, and scholarship. In a field that recently has undergone significant shifts in perspective, the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters offers a summa of Paul and Pauline studies. In-depth articles focus on individual theological themes, such as law, resurrection, and Son of God; broad theological topics, such as Christology, eschatology, and the death of Christ; methods of interpretation, such as rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches; background topics, such as apocalypticism, Hellenism, and Qumran; and various other subjects specifically related to the scholarly study of Pauline theology and literature, such as early catholicism, the center of Paul’s theology, and Paul and his interpreters since F. C. Baur. Separate articles are also devoted to each of the Pauline letters to hermeneutics and to preaching Paul today.

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  • Provides articles on subjects related to Pauline literature and theology
  • Offers hundreds of cross-references
  • Gives extensive bibliographies, a subject index, and a Pauline Scripture index

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“What can be said with confidence is that the root of the problem was the Corinthian addiction to the power, prestige and pride represented in the Hellenistic rhetorical tradition, with its emphasis on the glory of human wisdom and attainment and its corresponding flagrant and flamboyant lifestyle.” (Page 165)

“The concept of righteousness in the Hebrew Bible emphasizes the relational aspect of God and humanity in the context of a covenant.” (Page 828)

“The arguments against Pauline authorship have been threefold:” (Page 240)

“In sum, the covenant understanding of righteousness in the classical prophets relates persons to the living God and his covenantal purposes in restoring order to his creation, not to an abstract norm of conduct (see Scullion).” (Page 830)

“More plausible is the thesis that Paul wrote to Rome with a view to the churches there providing a support base for his projected mission to Spain.” (Page 839)

The DPL will be a great help for students of theology and men and women in ministry, as well as for academic theologians.

Peter Stuhlmacher, professor emeritus, University of Tubingen

In this splendid new reference work the serious student of the Bible will find a comprehensive summary of the best of modern scholarship concerning the life, times and thought of St. Paul.

—W.Ward Gasque, president, Pacific Association for Theological Studies

  • Title: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • Authors: Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, Daniel G. Reid
  • Series: IVP Dictionary of the New Testament
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 1993
  • Logos Release Date: 2001
  • Pages: 1067
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Dictionaries; Paul, the Apostle, Saint › Dictionaries
  • ISBNs: 9780830874910, 0830817786, 0830874917, 9780830817788
  • Resource ID: LLS:14.0.7
  • Resource Type: Encyclopedia
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-12-01T22:02:34Z

Gerald F. Hawthorne (1925–2010) served as a professor of Greek for 42 years at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, as well as chairperson of the Institute for Biblical Research, which he founded.

Daniel G. Reid (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a senior editor for reference and academic books at InterVarsity Press, where he has worked since 1986.


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  1. pastor Stanislav
    I bought this year on the recommendation of a colleague who owns the entire series. I'm looking forward to reading it, I was already excited about the book the first time I went through it. I'd like to buy the other volumes in the series gradually, I'll keep an eye out for discounts. Plus, some of the volumes are due for an update.
  2. David Anfinrud
    A resource worth looking into and provides some interesting insights. Always read with Prayer and let the Holy Sprit guide you. NEver take anything out of context. Can see where you can take discussions points minimizing Paul's letters like the Pastoral Epistles out of context by ignoring the whole article but taking bits and pieces for your use.
  3. David Anfinrud
    A resource worth looking into and provides some interesting insights. Always read with Prayer and let the Holy Sprit guide you.
  4. Calvin Chu

    Calvin Chu


    Often have to read sections of this in seminary when studying NT and Paul
  5. Ian Carmichael
    The IVP dictionary series is superb. And in a Logos format it is superlatively superb.
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  8. Christopher Gibbs
    Scholarly material for research and good for a variety of viewpoints
  9. John McBroom

    John McBroom


  10. rolance



    great resource, my professor insist on us to buy this wonderful work


Digital list price: $69.99
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