This dynamic new consideration of Paul addresses the three basic subjects that make up Pauline Studies -- Paul's life, letters, and theology -- and argues that these elements must be treated together since to do otherwise risks distorting one or more of the areas of studies.
Imagine a letter coming straight from heaven. What would God say? Would we be able to fully understand His message, or would some of it puzzle us? The Apostle Paul writes this compilation of letters to the 1st Century churches he established. He wanted them to know the heart of God and hear His message of truth and love. Some of the most beautiful truths of the Bible are found in the letters from Paul. Ephesians lays an exciting foundation for our lives; Philippians fills our hearts with joy; Colossians brings the colossal revelation of Christ in us and the hope of Glory. Pauls letters to his spiritual son Timothy stirs our hearts with greater passion to serve God and love Him supremely. Reading through these letters is like having Paul sit in the living room sharing his experiences and messages of life. Be ready to sense the stirring of the Holy Spirit as you read Letters from Heaven by the Apostle Paul!
The apostle Paul was a vital force in the development of Christianity. Paul’s historical and religious context affects the theological interpretation of Paul’s writings, no small issue in the whole of Christian theology. Recent years have seen much controversy about the apostle Paul, his religious and social context, and its effects on his theology. In the helpful Counterpoints format, four leading scholars present their views on the best framework for describing Paul’s theological perspective, including his view of salvation, the significance of Christ, and his vision for the churches. Contributors and views include: Reformed View: Thomas R. Schreiner Catholic View: Luke Timothy Johnson Post-New Perspective View: Douglas Campbell Jewish View: Mark D. Nanos Like other titles in the Counterpoints: Bible and Theology collection, Four Views on the Apostle Paul gives theology students the tools they need to draw informed conclusions on debated issues. General editor and New Testament scholar Michael F. Bird covers foundational issues and provides helpful summaries in his introduction and conclusion. New Testament scholars, pastors, and students of Christian history and theology will find Four Views on the Apostle Paul an indispensable introduction to ongoing debates on the apostle Paul’s life and teaching.
'The Apostle Paul and His Letters' presents a detailed examination of the apostle's seminal writings in the Book of Acts. Paul was writing primarily to converts who had joined church communities only recently, mostly forsaking either Judaism or paganism. Paul's emphases on faithfulness toward God, the faithfulness of Jesus, and his moral teachings are always primary themes. The book discusses a range of topics: the circumstances that led Paul to write each letter; Paul's emphasis on the morality of the believers to whom he was writing; the influence of Old Testament, Qumran, and pagan writings on Paul's own; the intellectual and cultural context of the time; and how careful attention to Paul's language can shed light on his meaning. This book is written for a wide range of interested readers, including students, pastors, church workers and others interested in learning about Paul as a person and his work.
Much of the popular understanding of the apostle Paul has been shaped, not by Paul's letters themselves, but by the Acts of the Apostles. This understanding, many believe, leads to misunderstanding Paul's theology. In The Apostle Paul and the Pauline Tradition Stephen Finlan takes a new approach, focusing on the letters themselves. He views the Pauline tradition as including the teachings and writings of Paul himself, the assimilation and often simplification of Paul's ideas by those who followed him and then wrote letters in his name, and the final form of the letters the church has labeled as Paul's. Through this broad, shifting, and expanding notion of tradition, readers will explore with Finlan such questions as: ' What did Paul really think 'and write 'about Jesus, redemption, and the Christian life? ' Who were the original audiences that first received these texts? ' How and how much did Paul's followers change his ideas in the letters they wrote for" him? Finlan is convinced that this educated questioning and investigating becomes a valid part of the life of faith 'not replacing faith, but joined to it. Through his accessibly written text, readers in the end will understand and agree. Stephen Finlan, PhD, is an adjunct professor at Drew University and has taught at Fordham. He is also author of Problems with Atonement and Options on Atonement in Christian Thought (both published by Liturgical Press) as well as The Background and Content of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors (SBL and Brill, 2004). "
Paul's writings are centrally important not only for the establishment of the Christian faith but also for the whole history of Western culture. Senior New Testament scholar Udo Schnelle offers a comprehensive introduction to the life and thought of Paul that combines historical and theological analysis. The work was translated into clear, fluent English from the original German--with additional English-language bibliographical reference materials--by leading American scholar M. Eugene Boring. First released in hardcover to strong acclaim, the book is now available in paperback. It is essential reading for professors, students, clergy, and others with a scholarly interest in Paul.
In this comprehensive introduction to the apostle Paul, Stanley Porter devotes serious consideration both to the background and major contours of Paul’s thought and to the unique contributions of each of his letters. Porter begins by introducing the Pauline tradition and outlining the basics of Paul’s life, the chronology of his ministry, and his several imprisonments. Porter then discusses the background to Paul’s thought, examines some of the major themes of his writings, and treats issues concerning the Pauline epistles, such as pseudonymity and canon. Finally, Porter delves into all thirteen of Paul’s letters individually, placing them within their historical contexts and examining critical issues relating to the content and interpretation of each letter. The result is a thorough, balanced treatment of one of the most important figures in Christianity.
Could it be that the turbulent times we live in today stem from false teachings by Paul the Apostle in the first century? Inside, author F.P. Josh takes a fascinating look at the time of Jesus and the conflicts between the teachings of Paul and Apostle Peter. Using scripture, Josh makes the case that Paul changed some of the laws handed down by God in the Old Testament, and twisted some of the teachings of Jesus to suit his purposes. The author goes on to show how Paul changed his personal story many times to keep himself from running afoul of the local Jewish priests and the Roman Empire. Why is it that this controversial figure is responsible in part for fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament? His epistles are considered important writings in the foundation of the Christian faith. Josh believes that Paul often served his own interests and angered God in the process. The world is now paying the price for that as we are punished us for following Paul?s teachings rather than the original laws prescribed in the Old Testament. Is it too late for us? Can we turn from those teachings to save our world and ourselves? Apostle Paul?s Case: The Root of the Lie We Have Been Told for 2000 Years is an eye opener and is a must-read for anyone wishing to truly understand the Bible and follow Jesus Christ in truth.
PowerPoint Life of the Apostle Paul is the essential guide to everything you need to know about the Apostle Paul. Also essential for teaching the Book of Acts. Includes: Time line of all the key events in Paul's life--persecution of Christians, conversion to Christianity, call to be a missionary, all missionary journeys, and more Maps of each of Paul's journeys Beautiful photographs of dozens of places visited by Paul Paul's writings--books of the Bible written by Paul, date, location, theme, and key verses Paul's key teachings--salvation by grace, Christ and the Church, Armor of God, Fruit of the Spirit, and much more Perfect for Bible studies, Sunday school classes.
The "new perspective" on Paul, an approach that seeks to reinterpret the apostle Paul and his letters against the backdrop of first-century Judaism, has been criticized by some as not having value for ordinary Christians living ordinary lives. In this volume, world-renowned scholars explore the implications of the new perspective on Paul for the Christian life and church. James D. G. Dunn, N. T. Wright, Bruce Longenecker, Scot McKnight, and other leading New Testament scholars offer a response to this question: How does the apostle Paul understand the Christian life? The book makes a fresh contribution to the new perspective on Paul conversation and offers important new insights into the orientation of the Christian life.
In Four Views on the Apostle Paul, A Video Study, four leading scholars present their views on the best framework for describing Paul's theological perspective, including a Reformed view, a Catholic view, a Post-New Perspective view, and a Jewish view.
Paul is arguably the most person most responsible for spreading the message of Jesus Christ to early believers. Much has been written about what he wrote; little has been written about who he actually was. This short biography investigates the life of Paul using all the historical material that is available. LifeCaps is an imprint of BookCaps™ Study Guides. With each book, a lesser known or sometimes forgotten life is recapped. We publish a wide array of topics (from baseball and music to literature and philosophy), so check our growing catalogue regularly to see our newest books.
In this historical and theological study, John G. Gager undermines the myth of the Apostle Paul's rejection of Judaism, conversion to Christianity, and founding of Christian anti-Judaism. He finds that the rise of Christianity occurred well after Paul's death and attributes the distortion of the Apostle's views to early and later Christians. Though Christian clerical elites ascribed a rejection-replacement theology to Paul's legend, Gager shows that the Apostle was considered a loyal Jew by many of his Jesus-believing contemporaries and that later Jewish and Muslim thinkers held the same view. He holds that one of the earliest misinterpretations of Paul was to name him the founder of Christianity, and in recent times numerous Jewish and Christian readers of Paul have moved beyond this understanding. Gager also finds that Judaism did not fade away after Paul's death but continued to appeal to both Christians and pagans for centuries. Jewish synagogues remained important religious and social institutions throughout the Mediterranean world. Making use of all possible literary and archaeological sources, including Muslim texts, Gager helps recover the long pre-history of a Jewish Paul, obscured by recent, negative portrayals of the Apostle, and recognizes the enduring bond between Jews and Christians that has influenced all aspects of Christianity.
The Acclaimed, Authentic Biography of the Early Church's Greatest Evangelist--the Apostle Paul.Master storyteller John Pollock makes Paul and his amazing story freshly alive, so that you can know the greatest apostle much as Luke and Timothy did as they traveled with him. As you turn the pages, you'll sense Paul's motives, his aims and priorities; what mattered to him; and what he was willing to die for.
The apostle Paul is one of the most important figures in the early church. He is a main character in the narrative woven through the book of Acts, and his thirteen letters make up a significant portion of the New Testament canon. Because Acts and his letters appear in the Bible as separate books, it can be difficult to piece together a clear narrative for Paul's life and ministry. In Journeys of the Apostle Paul, twenty contributors present a coherent picture of Paul's life, connecting the events in Acts to his letters and theological teachings. With beautifully rendered maps, this book takes readers step by step through the biblical narratives of Paul's journeys - his interrupted journey to Damascus while persecuting Christians; his three missionary journeys; and his long journey from Jerusalem to Rome. Along the way, you'll discover new insights into Paul's life, his teaching, and his role in the early church.
Meeks analyzes the letters of Paul to see what kind of people joined the Christian groups in the urban centers and what it was like to be a Christian then.