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Perspectives old and new on Paul : the "Lutheran" Paul and his critics

Here, finally, is a much-needed review and analysis of the divergent interpretations of Paul. With a clear head and winsome sense of humor, Stephen Westerholm compares the traditional understanding of Paul to more recent readings, 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 such theologians as 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 Paul has fared in the twentieth century, in which "New Perspective" readings of Paul see him teaching 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
Print Book, English, ©2004
Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich., ©2004
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xix, 488 pages ; 24 cm
9780802848093, 0802848095
Portraits of the "Lutheran" Paul
Martin Luther
John Calvin
John Wesley
A portrait of the "Lutheran" Paul
Twentieth-century responses to the "Lutheran" Paul
Paul's "Polemical Doctrine": Wrede and Schweitzer
The faith of Paul's fathers: Montefiore, Schoeps, and Sanders
Paul's robust conscience: Kümmel and Stendahl
The "righteousness of the law": Bultmann, Wilckens, and Sanders
The "Hobgoblin" of consistency: Drane, Hübner, and Räisänen
Saint Paul against the Lutherans: Wright, Dunn, and Donaldson
"Lutheran: responses
Other perspectives
The quotable anti-"Lutheran" Paul
The Historical and the "Lutheran" Paul
Matters of definition, 1. "Righteousness" in Paul
Matters of definition, 2: The "Law" in Paul
Matters of definition, 3: Grace in Sanders's Judaism
"Justification by faith" in Paul's thought: the evidence in review
The law in God's scheme
Grace abounding to sinners or erasing ethnic boundaries?