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Divine and Human Agency in Paul and His Cultural Environment

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Since the work of E.P. Sanders, most modern approaches to this topic have been focused on social or sociological aspects of the issue. The last few years have seen an increasing willingness to open up questions seemingly 'settled' in the...


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Since the work of E.P. Sanders, most modern approaches to this topic have been focused on social or sociological aspects of the issue. The last few years have seen an increasing willingness to open up questions seemingly 'settled' in the New Perspective, and a renewed desire to examine the structures of theology concerning grace and human action both in Paul and in his contemporary Judaism.
^The aim of this volume is to re-examine Paul within contemporary Jewish debate on this topic, attuned to the significant theological issues he raises without imposing upon him the frameworks developed in later Christian thought.
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In Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment John Barclay and Simon Gathercole have commissioned and compiled a set of essays by world-class contributors designed to open up afresh a central topic in Pauline theology. Together these essays constitute a claim that agency issues are neither stale nor uninteresting, and that new light can be shed on them by adopting a well-tuned comparative approach. Several essays are devoted to Second Temple Judaism in its own right, through a survey of intellectual currents regarding divine and human agency (Gabriele Boccaccini) and through a close analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Philip Alexander) and the rabbinic corpus (Friedrich Avemarie). Comparisons between Paul and a range of significant texts from Second Temple Judaism (Francis Watson; Stephen Westerholm; John Barclay) clarify how Paul contributes to a lively Jewish debate on divine grace and human agency, while a study of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus (Troels Engberg-Pedersen) sharpens the focus from another side. The volume is completed by an essay on Romans (Simon Gathercole) and an epilogue by J. Louis Martyn.
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Since the work of E.P. Sanders, most modern approaches to this topic have been focused on social or sociological aspects of the issue (particularly in relation to Paul's mission to the Gentiles), but the last few years have seen an increasing willingness to open up questions seemingly 'settled' in the New Perspective, and a renewed desire to examine the structures of theology concerning grace and human action both in Paul and in his contemporary Judaism. It seems now worthwhile to examine to what extent there was an internal debate within Judaism about divine grace and its relation to human agency, and whether this debate could or did spawn various more or less radical solutions.The aim of this volume is to re-examine Paul within contemporary Jewish debate on this topic, attuned to the significant theological issues he raises without imposing upon him the frameworks developed in later Christian thought.

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John M G Barclay

John M. G. Barclay (Ph.D., University of Glasgow) is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Obeying the Truth: A Study of Paul's Ethics in Galatians(1988); .Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora (T & T Clark: 1996); Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Context 2006 (Continuum) and Flavius Josephus translation and commentary (Leiden: Brill., 2007)
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Simon J Gathercole

Simon J. Gathercole (Ph.D., The University of Durham) is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Cambridge, prior to that he was for seven years Lecturer in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen.
He is the author of The Gospel of Judas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007); The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark and Luke (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2006) Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment. Edited with J.M.G. Barclay (London/New York: Continuum, 2006); The Book of Tobit: Texts, Comparisons, Lexicon and Concordance to the Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Syriac Versions. Edited with L.T. Stuckenbruck & S.D.E. Weeks, eds. (Fontes et Subsidia ad Bibliam Pertinentes; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2004) and Where is Boasting? Early Jewish Soteriology and Paul's Response in Romans 1-5 (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002).
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • 1. Inner-jewish Debate On The Tension Between Divine And Human Agency In Second-temple Judaism- Professor Gabriele Boccaccini, University Of Michigan, Usa; 2. Predestination And Free Will In The Theology Of The Dead Sea Scrolls- Professor Philip Alexander, University Of Manchester, Uk; 3. The Tension Between God's Command And Israel's Obedience As Reflected In The Early Rabbinic Literature- Professor Dr Friedrich Avemarie, University Of Marburg, Germany; 4. Paul's Anthropological 'pessimism' In Its Jewish Context- Professor Stephen Westerholm, Mcmaster University, Usa; 5. Constructing An Antithesis: Pauline And Other Jewish Perspectives On Divine And Human Agency- Professor Francis Watson, University Of Aberdeen, Uk; 6. Self-sufficiency And Power: Divine And Human Agency In Epictetus And Paul- Professor Troels Engberg-pedersen, University Of Copenhagen, Denmark; 7. 'by The Grace Of God I Am What I Am': Grace And Agency In Philo And Paul- Professor John Barclay, University Of Glasgow, Uk; 8. Sin In God's Economy: Agencies In Romans 1 & 7 - Dr Simon J Gathercole. University Of Aberdeen, Uk; 9. Epilogue: An Essay In Pauline Meta-ethics- Professor J Louis Martyn, Union Theological Seminary, Usa.

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