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The Theology of Paul the Apostle - James D G Dunn

The Theology of Paul the Apostle

Paperback Published: 1st June 2006
ISBN: 9780802844231
Number Of Pages: 808

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In this major work, James D. G. Dunn brings together more than two decades of vigorous and creative work on interpreting the letters of Paul into an integrated, full-scale study of Paul's thought.

Using Paul's letter to the Romans as the foundation for constructing a fuller exposition of Paul's whole theology, Dunn's thematic treatment clearly describes Paul's teaching on such topics as God, humankind, sin, christology, salvation, the church, and the Christian life. In the process Dunn engages in a concise way what other important scholars have said regarding each area of inquiry.

The Theology of Paul the Apostle represents a major contribution to the ongoing discussion regarding what Paul's theology is and what its continuing relevance is to the study and practice of religion and theology.

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Christianity Today, "Number 10 on the Top 25 Books of the Year list"(1905)"Revue Biblique" "A synthesis of great power and beauty. Every page betrays the excitement of dialoguing with Paul. . . In the creativity of its approach, the elegance of its prose, and the passion of its conviction that Paul has much to say to the modern church, it sets a new standard against which all competitors will be judged.""Theology Today" "Dunn does what few since Bultmann have dared to attempt, that is, to provide a full-scale, in-depth exposition of the apostle's theology. While others have been intimidated, he boldly moves forward, with appropriate modesty and grace. . . It is clear that he has made a significant contribution to Pauline studies.""Journal for the Study of the New Testament" "The work is thorough, readable, and well-informed. Among its virtues are its impressive breadth of coverage, its wealth of citation of primary literature, and its judicious interaction with secondary literature.""Religious Studies Review" "Will no doubt function as the definitive book on Paul's theology for some time to come.""Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society" "No scholar since Ridderbos has tackled the apostle's theology as a whole. James Dunn has now risen to the challenge, producing a theology of Paul that will serve as a benchmark for the next generation of students and scholars.""Catholic Biblical Quarterly" "Dunn is ever provocative. . . It is hard to imagine a scholar in the English-speaking world better equipped to compose a theology of Paul. . . He brings to the task not only comprehensive knowledge of Paul, but also an encyclopedic grasp of the secondary literature and the flow of Pauline studies.""Theological Studies" "This book is the culmination of years of thought and study on Paul, and the results are worthy of those years."Graham N. Stanton King's College, London "Surely this is James Dunn's best book so far. His magisterial, lucid exposition of Paul's thought will be welcomed warmly by scholars, teachers, and students alike. This is a work of outstanding scholarship: there is no comparable book in English."Paul J. Achtemeier Union Theological Seminary in Virginia "This book is a serious attempt by a widely informed and careful scholar to point the way to finding in Paul's theology an integrated whole, using Romans as the road map for the journey. Using the 'new perspective' on Paul to look in a fresh way at the dichotomy between faith and works of the law, and finding in the apocalyptic notion of 'already/not yet' a key concept, Dunn proposes a way of approaching Paul's theological thought that enables him to find not only theological coherence but also ethical integration. Any such attempt is bound to provoke discussion both pro and con, but it is an attempt that all who are interested in Paul's theological thought will have to take seriously. Truly 'must-reading.'' "C. F. D. Moule "An exceptionally fine presentation of Pauline theology detailed yet clear, lavishly documented yet readable: a major contribution to clarification and order in this confused and controversial field of study."D. Eduard Lohse University of Gottingen "This careful exposition of the theology of Paul is a brilliant piece of biblical scholarship. In due respect to the broad international discussion, James D. G. Dunn opens new insights into Paul's way of interpreting the early Christian message. In demonstrating that the center of Paul's theology is to be found in his proclamation of the death and resurrection of Christ, Dunn explains how the Apostle at the same time remained always aware of his Jewish heritage. This book will be welcomed by all theologians for a deeper interpretation of what Paul has to say in his time as well as today.' ""

Prefacep. xv
Bibliographyp. xix
Abbreviationsp. xxix
Prolegomena to a theology of Paulp. 1
Why a theology of Paul?p. 2
What is a "theology of Paul"?p. 6
Can a theology of Paul be written?p. 13
How to write a theology of Paul?p. 19
Toward a theology of Paulp. 23
God and Humankindp. 27
Godp. 27
God as axiomp. 28
God as onep. 31
Other gods?p. 33
God and the cosmosp. 38
The God of Israelp. 43
God in experiencep. 46
Conclusionp. 49
Humankindp. 51
Anthropological presuppositionsp. 51
Somap. 55
Sarxp. 62
Soma and sarxp. 70
Nous and kardiap. 73
Psyche and Pneumap. 76
Summaryp. 78
Humankind under Indictmentp. 79
Adamp. 79
The dark side of humanityp. 79
Adam in Jewish scripturep. 82
Adam in post-biblical Jewish traditionp. 84
Adam in Paul's theology
Romans 1.18-32p. 91
Romans 3.23p. 93
Romans 5.12-21p. 94
Romans 7.7-13p. 98
Romans 8.19-22p. 100
Summaryp. 101
Sin and deathp. 102
The power of evilp. 102
The heavenly powersp. 104
Sinp. 111
The effects of sin - misdirected religionp. 114
The effects of sin - self-indulgencep. 119
The effects of sin - sinsp. 123
Deathp. 124
In sump. 127
The lawp. 128
Sin, death, and the lawp. 129
Torah, nomos, and ho nomosp. 131
The measure of God's requirement and judgmentp. 133
Israel under the lawp. 137
A relationship whose time is pastp. 143
A law for life? - or death?p. 150
Is the law sin?p. 155
Conclusionsp. 159
The Gospel of Jesus Christp. 163
Gospelp. 163
Euangelionp. 164
"In accordance with the scriptures"p. 169
Kerygmatic and confessional formulaep. 174
The apocalypse of Jesus Christp. 177
The eschatological nowp. 179
Jesus the manp. 182
How much did Paul know or care about the life of Jesus?p. 183
Some a priori considerationsp. 185
Echoes of Jesus tradition in Paulp. 189
Jesusp. 196
Messiahp. 197
Adamp. 199
The incarnate Son?p. 204
Conclusionp. 206
Christ crucifiedp. 207
As one diedp. 208
A sacrifice for sinsp. 212
Paul's theology of atoning sacrificep. 218
The beloved Sonp. 224
The curse of the lawp. 225
Redemptionp. 227
Reconciliationp. 228
Conquest of the powersp. 230
Conclusionsp. 231
The risen Lordp. 234
The resurrection of the crucifiedp. 235
The last Adamp. 241
Son of God in powerp. 242
The Lordp. 244
Jesus as God?p. 252
The life-giving Spiritp. 260
Conclusionsp. 265
The pre-existent onep. 266
Divine Wisdomp. 267
Jesus as Wisdomp. 272
Other possible Wisdom passagesp. 277
Philippians 2.6-11p. 281
Other possible pre-existent Adam passagesp. 288
Conclusionsp. 292
Until he comesp. 294
The coming (parousia) of Christp. 294
The parousia hope in the Thessalonian lettersp. 298
Christ's role in the end events in the later lettersp. 305
The delay of the parousiap. 310
Conclusionsp. 313
The Beginning of Salvationp. 317
The crucial transitionp. 317
A new epochp. 317
Grace as eventp. 319
The new beginningp. 323
Metaphors of salvationp. 328
Justification by faithp. 334
A new perspective on Paulp. 335
The righteousness of Godp. 340
The impact of Paul's conversionp. 346
Works of the law in Judaismp. 354
Not of worksp. 359
Self-achieved righteousness?p. 366
By faith alonep. 371
Faith in Christp. 379
The blessings of justificationp. 385
Participation in Christp. 390
Christ mysticismp. 390
"In Christ," "in the Lord"p. 396
"With Christ"p. 401
Complementary formulationsp. 404
The corporate Christp. 408
The consequences of participation in Christp. 410
The gift of the Spiritp. 413
The third aspectp. 414
The eschatological Spiritp. 416
Receiving the Spiritp. 419
The experience of the Spiritp. 426
The blessings of the Spiritp. 434
Conclusionp. 440
Baptismp. 442
The traditional viewp. 442
Exegetical issuesp. 447
An ordo salutis?p. 455
Infant baptismp. 457
The Process of Salvationp. 461
The eschatological tensionp. 461
Between the timesp. 461
Already-not yetp. 466
The divided "I"p. 472
Flesh and Spiritp. 477
Sharing Christ's sufferingsp. 482
The process completedp. 487
Conclusions and corollariesp. 493
Israelp. 499
Has God's word failed (9.1-5)?p. 500
Who is Israel (9.6)?p. 504
The character of Israel's election (9.7-29)p. 509
Israel's misunderstanding of its call (9.30-10.21)p. 514
Israel not abandoned (11.1-24)p. 519
All Israel shall be saved (11.25-36)p. 526
The final goal (15.7-13)p. 529
Conclusionsp. 531
The Churchp. 533
The body of Christp. 533
Redefining corporate identityp. 534
The church of Godp. 537
Community without cultp. 543
The body of Christp. 548
Charismatic communityp. 552
The shared experience of the churchp. 561
An unrealistic vision?p. 562
Ministry and authorityp. 565
Charism and officep. 566
Paul's apostolic authorityp. 571
The other regular ministriesp. 580
The ministry and authority of womenp. 586
The authority of the congregationp. 593
Discerning the spiritsp. 594
Conclusionp. 598
The Lord's Supperp. 599
The problem in assessing Paul's theology of the Lord's Supperp. 600
Influence from other religions?p. 601
The origin of the sacramentp. 606
The situation in Corinthp. 609
Paul's theology of the Lord's Supper: spiritual foodp. 613
Paul's theology of the Lord's Supper: sharing in the one bodyp. 615
Paul's theology of the Lord's Supper: christologyp. 620
How Should Believers Live?p. 625
Motivating principlesp. 625
Indicative and imperativep. 626
Once more, the lawp. 631
Faith and "the law of faith"p. 634
Spirit and "the law of the Spirit"p. 642
Christ and "the law of Christ"p. 649
Liberty and lovep. 658
Traditional wisdomp. 661
Conclusionsp. 668
Ethics in practicep. 670
The social contextp. 672
Living within a hostile world - Rom. 12.9-13.14p. 674
Living with fundamental disagreements - Rom. 14.1-15.6p. 680
Living between two worlds: sexual conduct (1 Corinthians 5-6)p. 689
Living between two worlds: marriage and divorce (1 Corinthians 7)p. 692
Living between two worlds: slavery (1 Cor. 7.20-23)p. 698
Living between two worlds: social relations (1 Corinthians 8-10)p. 701
The collectionp. 706
Conclusionp. 711
Epiloguep. 713
Postlegomena to a theology of Paulp. 713
Paul's theology as dialoguep. 713
The stable foundation of Paul's theologyp. 716
The fulcrum point of Paul's theologyp. 722
Centre and developmentp. 729
Other innovative and lasting featuresp. 733
Index of Subjectsp. 739
Index of Modern Authorsp. 745
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writingsp. 759
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ISBN: 9780802844231
ISBN-10: 0802844235
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 808
Published: 1st June 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.18