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Perspectives Old and New on Paul : The

Perspectives Old and New on Paul : The "Lutheran" Paul and His Critics

The "Lutheran" Paul and His Critics

Paperback Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780802848093
Number Of Pages: 488

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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.

"The Bible Today"
"A thorough and very illuminating study of Pauline interpretation, with particular emphasis on the longstanding debate over whether the Pauline teaching on justification through faith alone should stand at the heart of Pauline theology."
"Choice"
"Wit and humor make this weighty volume an excellent source for the novice and for the seasoned scholar. Recommended."
Thomas R. Schreiner
"Stephen Westerholm's book is the ideal entr?e into the discussion on Paul, the law, and justification. Only here will readers find both contemporary and historic contributions to the debate explained. Westerholm reminds us that Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley must be reckoned with seriously as profound interpreters of Paul. He also provides his own incisive and insightful contribution to the biblical text, repristinating the perspective of Luther for our day. Throughout, Westerholm writes with the sparkling clarity and wit that is characteristic of all his work."
John Barclay
"This eagerly awaited volume is a gem. After years of debate about the 'new perspective, ' a debate bogged down with multiple confusions, Stephen Westerholm describes and analyzes all the main viewpoints on Paul's theology of law, grace, and justification from Augustine onward. With enviable clarity, incisive observation, and shafts of humor, Westerholm reaffirms and refines the 'old perspective' while also incorporating the strong points of the new. This is the book we all have needed, both scholars and students. It will surely help us escape the impasse in our current debates."
Bruce W. Longenecker
"Since its publication in 1988, Stephen Westerholm's book Israel's Law and the Church's Faith has served as one of the best explorations of Paul's view of justification by faith. That book is now superseded by Perspectives Old and New on Paul. Westerholm here elongates the temporal parameters of his earlier work, reconstructing the views of Paul's most significant interpreters from the distant past to the turn of the twenty-first century. Against the backdrop of his fair and principled survey of scholarship, Westerholm's own examination of Paul's texts is characterized by a depth of analytical and theological perception rarely found in scholarly studies. For those with time to read only one book about Paul's view of justification by faith, this should be the book. And for those with time to read more, this is the book to start with."
Simon J. Gathercole
"Written with sparkling humor, this book is a landmark work both in its treatment of the vast scholarly literature and in its crisp exegesis of Paul himself. Perspectives Old and New on Paul is proof again, if proof were needed, that Stephen Westerholm is still head and shoulders above almost everyone else as an interpreter of Paul."
Frank Thielman
"Stephen Westerholm's most recent missive from the battlefield of Pauline studies will enliven the most dazed student and cheer the crustiest scholar. With his clear head and winsome sense of humor, Westerholm has once again produced one of the most insightful and readable studies available on the role of the Mosaic law, divine grace, and Christian faith in Pauline theology."
The Bible Today
-A thorough and very illuminating study of Pauline interpretation, with particular emphasis on the longstanding debate over whether the Pauline teaching on justification through faith alone should stand at the heart of Pauline theology.-
Choice
-Wit and humor make this weighty volume an excellent source for the novice and for the seasoned scholar. Recommended.-
Thomas R. Schreiner
-Stephen Westerholm's book is the ideal entr?e into the discussion on Paul, the law, and justification. Only here will readers find both contemporary and historic contributions to the debate explained. Westerholm reminds us that Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley must be reckoned with seriously as profound interpreters of Paul. He also provides his own incisive and insightful contribution to the biblical text, repristinating the perspective of Luther for our day. Throughout, Westerholm writes with the sparkling clarity and wit that is characteristic of all his work.-
John Barclay
-This eagerly awaited volume is a gem. After years of debate about the 'new perspective, ' a debate bogged down with multiple confusions, Stephen Westerholm describes and analyzes all the main viewpoints on Paul's theology of law, grace, and justification from Augustine onward. With enviable clarity, incisive observation, and shafts of humor, Westerholm reaffirms and refines the 'old perspective' while also incorporating the strong points of the new. This is the book we all have needed, both scholars and students. It will surely help us escape the impasse in our current debates.-
Bruce W. Longenecker
-Since its publication in 1988, Stephen Westerholm's book Israel's Law and the Church's Faith has served as one of the best explorations of Paul's view of justification by faith. That book is now superseded by Perspectives Old and New on Paul. Westerholm here elongates the temporal parameters of his earlier work, reconstructing the views of Paul's most significant interpreters from the distant past to the turn of the twenty-first century. Against the backdrop of his fair and principled survey of scholarship, Westerholm's own examination of Paul's texts is characterized by a depth of analytical and theological perception rarely found in scholarly studies. For those with time to read only one book about Paul's view of justification by faith, this should be the book. And for those with time to read more, this is the book to start with.-
Simon J. Gathercole
-Written with sparkling humor, this book is a landmark work both in its treatment of the vast scholarly literature and in its crisp exegesis of Paul himself. Perspectives Old and New on Paul is proof again, if proof were needed, that Stephen Westerholm is still head and shoulders above almost everyone else as an interpreter of Paul.-
Frank Thielman
-Stephen Westerholm's most recent missive from the battlefield of Pauline studies will enliven the most dazed student and cheer the crustiest scholar. With his clear head and winsome sense of humor, Westerholm has once again produced one of the most insightful and readable studies available on the role of the Mosaic law, divine grace, and Christian faith in Pauline theology.-

Prefacep. xi
Whimsical Introductionp. xiii
Portraits of the "Lutheran" Paul
Augustinep. 3
Creationp. 6
The Fallp. 7
Redemptionp. 9
The Place of the Lawp. 13
Human Dependence on Gracep. 16
Summaryp. 20
Martin Lutherp. 22
John Calvinp. 42
Divine Providence and Human Responsibilityp. 42
Adamp. 46
Christp. 48
Abraham and Mosesp. 49
The Life of the Redeemedp. 56
Summaryp. 62
John Wesleyp. 64
Of Human Nature and the Covenant of Worksp. 65
The Covenant of Grace and the Path to Faithp. 67
The New Birth and the Path to Sanctificationp. 73
The Law and the Spiritp. 76
Providence and the "Divine Decrees"p. 81
Summaryp. 86
A Portrait of the "Lutheran" Paulp. 88
Twentieth-Century Responses to the "Lutheran" Paul
Paul's "Polemical Doctrine": Wrede and Schweitzerp. 101
William Wredep. 102
Albert Schweitzerp. 108
The Faith of Paul's Fathers: Montefiore, Schoeps, and Sandersp. 117
Claude G. Montefiorep. 118
Hans Joachim Schoepsp. 123
E. P. Sandersp. 129
Paul's Robust Conscience: Kummel and Stendahlp. 134
W. G. Kummelp. 135
Krister Stendahlp. 146
The "Righteousness of the Law": Bultmann, Wilckens, and Sandersp. 150
Rudolf Bultmannp. 150
Ulrich Wilckensp. 154
E. P. Sandersp. 159
The "Hobgoblin" of Consistency: Drane, Hubner, and Raisanenp. 164
John W. Dranep. 165
Hans Hubnerp. 167
Heikki Raisanenp. 170
Saint Paul against the Lutherans: Wright, Dunn, and Donaldsonp. 178
N. T. Wrightp. 179
James D. G. Dunnp. 183
Terence Donaldsonp. 194
"Lutheran" Responsesp. 201
C. E. B. Cranfieldp. 201
Thomas Schreiner and Andrew Dasp. 208
Frank Thielmanp. 214
Mark Seifridp. 219
Other Perspectivesp. 226
Paul's Anthropology: Timo Laatop. 226
Paul's Rhetoric: Lauri Thuren and Jean-Noel Alettip. 228
Paul's Apocalyptic Worldview: J. Louis Martynp. 235
Paul's Theology of the Cross: Jurgen Beckerp. 240
The Quotable Anti-"Lutheran" Paulp. 249
Judaism Preaches Gracep. 250
What Paul Finds Wrong with Judaismp. 250
What "Justification by Faith" is For, and What "Not by Works" is Againstp. 252
The Historical and the "Lutheran" Paul
Matters of Definition, 1: "Righteousness" in Paulp. 261
Terminologyp. 262
Ordinary Dikaiosnessp. 263
Extraordinary Dikaiosnessp. 273
Divine Dikaiosnessp. 284
Dikaiosness and "the Covenant"p. 286
Matters of Definition, 2: The "Law" in Paulp. 297
The Meaning of "Law"p. 298
The Law and "Works"p. 300
The Law and Faithp. 321
The Law and Legalismp. 330
The Law and Torahp. 335
Matters of Definition, 3: Grace in Sanders's Judaismp. 341
"Justification by Faith" in Paul's Thought: The Evidence in Reviewp. 352
1 Thessaloniansp. 353
1 and 2 Corinthiansp. 361
Galatiansp. 366
Romansp. 384
Philippiansp. 401
Ephesians, the Pastorals--and James?p. 404
The Law in God's Schemep. 408
Grace Abounding to Sinners or Erasing Ethnic Boundaries?p. 440
Bibliographyp. 446
Index of Authorsp. 472
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Literaturep. 476
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ISBN: 9780802848093
ISBN-10: 0802848095
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: December 2003
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.71