Perspectives Old and New on Paul

Perspectives Old and New on Paul Here finally is a much needed review and analysis of the divergent interpretations of Paul In this superb work Stephen Westerholm compares the traditional Lutheran understanding of Paul to recent

  • Title: Perspectives Old and New on Paul
  • Author: Stephen Westerholm
  • ISBN: 9780802848093
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here, finally, is a much needed review and analysis of the divergent interpretations of Paul In this superb work Stephen Westerholm compares the traditional, Lutheran understanding of Paul to recent, New Perspective readings of Paul, drawing on the writings of key figures in the debate both past and present.Westerholm first offers a detailed portrait of the Lutheran Here, finally, is a much needed review and analysis of the divergent interpretations of Paul In this superb work Stephen Westerholm compares the traditional, Lutheran understanding of Paul to recent, New Perspective readings of Paul, drawing on the writings of key figures in the debate both past and present.Westerholm first offers a detailed portrait of the Lutheran Paul, including the way theologians like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley have traditionally interpreted justification by faith to mean that God declares sinners righteous by his grace apart from works Westerholm then explores how the Lutheran Paul has fared in the twentieth century, where New Perspective readings of Paul see the point of his doctrine to be that Gentiles need not become Jews or observe Jewish law to be God s people The final section of the book looks anew at disputed areas of Paul s theological language and offers compelling discussion on the place of both justification by faith and Mosaic law in divine redemption.This book s comprehensive coverage of Pauline interpreters and its fresh insights into Pauline thought make it ideal for use as a text.

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    1. Perhaps the most exegetically rigorous restatement of an essentially "Lutheran" Paul that also interacts creatively with a wide range of newer proposals. Westerholm deserves to be a significant voice in the discussion on Paul.

    2. A good review that humbly acknowledges the strengths and weaknesses of the various sides of the debate. proposal 9f synthesis is "soft", and maybe a firmer case can be made that incorporates the best of the New Perspective, rather than just pointing out that it is a good construction of the context. Seems to downplay ecclesiology for soteriology, which is the accusation levelled against the NPP, but this neglects the proper place that ecclesiology has in Christian theology. While Wright may have [...]

    3. Strong historical survey of views on Paul (esp. NPP) plus a Lutheran interpretation of Paul's view of the Law, works-righteousness, and salvation by faith.

    4. REVIEW AND CRITIQUE Westerholm, Stephen. Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.In Perspectives Old and New on Paul Westerholm offers a careful re-examination of the “old perspective” on Paul of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley who have been charged of misinterpreted “justification by faith” as God’s declaring sinners “righteous” by His grace apart from “works of the Law.” The “new perspective” scholars W [...]

    5. Pauline studies have been an interesting and contested field for the past thirty years or so. Even the most fundamental tenets of Paul's theology have been brought into question. Central to the debate has been the question of whether the "Lutheran" reading of Paul and his gospel, which has held sway in the West since the 16th century (or the 4th if you go back to Augustine), is faithful to the essence of Paul's preaching or whether it distorts Paul's intent.Westerholm, in this spectacular book, [...]

    6. I really don’t know if I could say enough good things about this book. It was one of the most exegetically persuasive theological pieces I have ever read. For quite some time I have felt that there were really no solid responses to the new perspective(s) which honestly embraced legitimate insights, but simultaneously gave insightful critiques. I can’t say that now. Westerholm is a master (and a freaking good writer too).

    7. This is a must read for anyone interested in Pauline studies. Westerholm does a better job of looking at the perspectives of others than outlining his own.

    8. The best response to the proposed New Perspectives of Paul thus far read. Also includes a very helpful summaryof the history of Pauline interpretation in the last century.

    9. A masterful summary by an academic who is able to combine scholarly depth with an admirably clear style of writing. We can't imagine a better introduction to the current state of Pauline studies.

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