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

By: Westerholm, Stephen

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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.

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

Author Name: Westerholm, Stephen

Categories: crisp clean w/light shelfwear, 4100 Christianity,

Publisher: Eerdmans: 2003

ISBN or ASIN: 0802848095

ISBN or ASIN 13: 9780802848093


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