: "For me, Paul has always been the most difficult and therefore also most delightful advocate and interpreter of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the human experience of God's transforming power through Christ. In Paul's letters above all I...
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"For me, Paul has always been the most difficult and therefore also most delightful advocate and interpreter of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the human experience of God's transforming power through Christ. In Paul's letters above all I have found the quality of mind and the depth of conviction that could arouse in me both excitement and passion. And it is Paul's letters, above all, that show how important and difficult is life together in the church."
- from the preface
With the contextual framework in place from volume one of The Canonical Paul, Luke Timothy Johnson now probes each of the thirteen biblical letters traditionally attributed to the apostle Paul in a way that balances respect for historical integrity with attention to present-day realities. In doing so, Johnson reforges the connection between biblical studies and the life of the church, seeking to establish once again the foundational and generative role that the thirteen letters of Paul have had among Christians for centuries.
Far from being a "definitive theology" of Paul, or an oversimplified synthesis, Interpreting Paul provides glimpses into various moments of Paul's thinking and teaching that we find in Scripture, modeling how one might read his letters closely for fresh, creative interpretations now and into the future. Approached in this way, both in minute detail and as a whole canon, Paul's letters yield rich insights, and his voice becomes accessible to all readers of the Bible.
Luke Timothy Johnson (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A Roman Catholic, Johnson was a Benedictine monk and priest before becoming a biblical scholar. He is the author of several scholarly books and has written for Commonwealth and Christian Century.
Some of his many books include Hebrews: A Commentary (New Testament Library); Brother of Jesus: Friend of God (Wm. B. Eerdmans); The First and Second Letters to Timothy (Anchor Bible: Yale Universtiy Press 2001); Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel (HarperOne 1999); Reading Romans: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Crossroads Press 1997); Letters to Paul's Delegates: A Commentary on 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus (1996); The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels (HarperOne 1996); The Letter of James (Anchor Bible: The Doubleday Religious Press 1995);The Acts of the Apostles (Liturgical Press 1992) and Luke (Liturgical Press 1991).
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- :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p>preface<br /> Introduction<br /> 1. Romans 3:21&ndash;26 And The Faith Of Jesus<br /> 2. The Social Dimensions Of&#160;<i>s&#333;t&#275;ria&#160;</i>in Luke-acts And Paul<br /> 3. The Transformation Of Mind And Moral Discernment In Romans<br /> 4. Life-giving Spirit: The Ontological Implications Of Resurrection In 1 Corinthians<br /> 5. The Body In Question: The Social Complexities Of Resurrection In 1 Corinthians<br /> 6. Glossolalia And The Embarrassments Of Experience<br /> 7. God Was In Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:19 And Mythic Language<br /> 8. Truth And Reconciliation In 2 Corinthians<br /> 9. Ritual Imprinting And The Politics Of Perfection<br /> 10. The Truth Of Christian Experience: The Fourfold Narrative Of Galatians 1&ndash;4<br /> 11. The Expression Of Christian Experience: The Imperatives Of Galatians 5&ndash;6<br /> 12. Paul&rsquo;s Vision Of The Church<br /> 13. The Rise Of Church Order<br /> 14. Fellowship In Suffering: The Paradox At The Heart Of Paul<br /> 15. Mystery And Metaphor In Colossians<br /> 16. Doing The Truth In Love: From Eros To Agap&#275;<br /> 17. The Church As The Sacrament Of The World In Ephesians<br /> 18. Discernment, Edification, And Holiness: 1 Thessalonians<br /> 19. The Apostle As Crisis Manager: 2 Thessalonians<br /> 20.&#160;<i>oikonomia Theou</i>: God&rsquo;s Way Of Ordering Creation In 1 Timothy<br /> 21. 1 Timothy 1:1&ndash;20: The Shape Of The Struggle<br /> 22. 2 Timothy And The Polemic Against False Teachers: A Re-examination<br /> 23. The Pedagogy Of Grace: The Experiential Basis For Character Ethics In Titus<br /> Conclusion</p>