Preface to the Study of Paul
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The writings of Paul as are as critically important today as they have been for almost two thousand years. Yet readers today can find Paul perplexing because the assumptions underlying Paul's vision of reality are neither shared nor understood by many moderns. The gaps between his horizons and our own must be addressed before we can begin to appreciate his broad impact and lasting appeal. In Stephen Westerholm's Preface To The Study Of Paul clarifies for modern readers the vision of reality within which Paul thought operated. Derived from Jewish faith and shared with other early Christians, Paul's fundamental convictions included the belief in the goodness of God and of what God has created, the belief that evil has its roots in the inappropriate responses of moral beings to what is good, and the assurance that (God being good) goodness must triumph in the end. Preface To The Study Of Paul shows how the argument of Romans takes shape within the framework of this vision. Not a commentary on the details of Paul's letter, Preface To The Study Of Paul represents an attempt to make comprehensible the major components of Paul's vision of life as they are raised in his most important letter. Preface To The Study Of Paul will be highly informative to anyone seeking an introductory context and insight into Paul's New Testament writings.
Stephen Westerholm tackles the question "Why Paul?" Why is there so much academic interest in him? In this preface, the author seeks to bridge the gap in horizons between today's student and Paul, making the apostle intelligible and engaging to the modern student.