Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans (2nd Edition)
In his study of Paul, Stephen Westerholm suggests that despite the unparalleled influence the apostle has exercised over the last two thousand years, he is little understood by contemporary readers because they often read the Pauline Epistles from the largely...
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In his study of Paul, Stephen Westerholm suggests that despite the unparalleled influence the apostle has exercised over the last two thousand years, he is little understood by contemporary readers because they often read the Pauline Epistles from the largely unconsidered presuppositions of modern culture. To counter that perspective, Westerholm proposes investigating the mindset of Paul himself.
Westerholm's well-crafted book presents an insightful survey of the apostle's thought world. It focuses on the Epistle to the Romans as the most thorough and detailed account of Paul's convictions regarding Christian life and doctrine. Westerholm uses the letter as a guide to the themes that were most important for the apostle, revealing the fundamental elements of Paul's thought and the Jewish tradition from which it emerged. Following the thematic approach of the epistle, he considers each subject in the order it was taken up by Paul. Along the way, he delves into the writings of the Old Testament and their influence on Paul, presenting the issues in a manner that will challenge contemporary readers to rethink their ideas about faith, belief, and the life well lived. 168 pages, from Baker.
Two thousand years later. Paul attracts more attention than any other figure from antiquity besides one," writes Stephen Westerholm. Why the fascination with the apostle Paul? Westerholm explains that Paul remains such a compelling figure because he was "a man completely captivated by a particular way of looking at life." Using the themes of the Epistle to the Romans, Westerholm helps readers understand the major components of Paul's vision of life. He delves into the writings of the Old Testament, explores their influence on Paul, and engages contemporary readers in a thought-provoking reconsideration of their own assumptions about faith, theology, and ethics. This insightful introduction gives postmodern readers, especially those with little or no biblical background, a necessary big-picture look at Paul's view of reality.
These themes of the Epistle to the Romans help readers understand the major components of Paul's vision of life, providing postmoderns with the big picture of his biblical worldview.
Written for undergraduates, this book provides postmoderns with the big picture of the biblical worldview as found in the writings of Paul (esp. Romans).
Stephen Westerholm (D.Theol., Lund University) is professor of early Christian studies at McMaster University. He is the author of Understanding Paul, Perspectives Old and New on Paul, and Jesus and Scribal Authority.
- Introduction<br><br>1. The Commission And Its Context: Romans 1:1-15<br>2. Intuitions Of Goodness-and Divine Tzedakah: Romans 1:16-17<br>3. War Against Goodness: Romans 1:18-32<br>4. Israel Joins The Fray: Romans 2:1-3:20<br>5. The Divine Counter: Romans 3:21-31<br>6. Faith's Awakening: Romans 4:1-25<br>7. Just Cause For Joy: Romans 5:1-11<br>8. Freedom Versus Freedom: Romans <br>5:12-6:23<br>9. The Goals And Goodness Of The Law: Romans 7:1-8:13<br>10. At Home In The Cosmos: Romans 8:14-39<br>11. The Triumph Of God In History: Romans <br>9:1-11:36<br>12. On Living The Good Life: Romans 12:1-16:27<br><br> Index