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Overview

1994 ECPA Gold Medallion (Reference Books)

The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters is a one-of-a-kind reference work. Following the format of its hightly successful companion volume, the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, this Dictionary is designed to bring students, teachers, ministers and laypeople abreast the established conclusions and significant recent developments in Pauline scholarship.

No other single reference work presents as much information focused exclusively on Pauline theology, literature, background and scholarship. In a field that recently has undergone significant shirts in perspective, the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters offers a summa of Paul and Pauline studies. In-depth articles focus on individual theological themes (such as law, resurrection and Son of God), broad theological topics (such as Christology, eschatology and the death of Christ), methods of interpretation (such as rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches), background topics (such as apocalypticism, Hellenism and Qumran) and various other subjects specifically related to the scholarly study of Pauline theology and literature (such as early catholicism, the center of Paul's theology, and Paul and his interpreters since F. C. Baur). Separate articles are also devoted to each of the Pauline letters to hermeneutics and to preaching Paul today.

The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters takes its place alongside the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels in presenting the fruit of evangelical New Testament scholarship at the end of the twentieth century--commited to the authority of Scripture, utilizing the best of critical methods, and maintaining dialogue with contemporary scholarship and challenges facing the church.

Designed to bring students, teachers, pastors, and general readers up to dateand up to speed, this summa of Pauline studies presents more information thanany other single work--dealing exclusively with Pauline theology, literature, background, and scholarship.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
On the heels of its successful Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (1992), Inter-Varsity presents this companion volume on Paul and his writings. It is a collection of 200 well-written, thorough, and informed articles on Pauline themes from Abraham to justification to wrath; epistles, as well as relevant critical and background issues such as Hellenism; social-scientific research; and the canonicity of the epistles. Among the members of the international team of 108 contributors are prominent contemporary evangelical scholars. Several of them have written extensively elsewhere on the topics they present here (James Dunn on Romans, F.F. Bruce on Paul in Acts, and Ben Witherington on Christology). The scholarship evident behind the articles is not presented at the expense of readability. Thus, this work is accessible to both scholarly and lay readers. Highly recommended for all seminary libraries and for academic and public libraries where there is sufficient interest.-- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830817788
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Series: The IVP Bible Dictionary Series
  • Pages: 1067
  • Sales rank: 251,423
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald F. Hawthorne (1925-2010) served as a professor of Greek for forty-two years at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, as well as chairperson of the Institute for Biblical Research, which he founded. An active member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, he is the author or coeditor of six books and dozens of articles.

Ralph Martin (1925-2013) was a distinguished New Testament scholar and a significant figure in the post-World War 2 resurgence of British evangelical scholarship. Born in Anfield, Liverpool, England, his early education was interrupted in 1939 by the war, and he was conscripted to work in the coal mines of Lancashire. After the war he pursued ministerial training at Manchester Baptist College and in 1949 earned his B.A. at the University of Manchester. In 1963 he completed his Ph.D. at King's College, University of London.

In 1969 Martin joined the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he would serve as professor of New Testament from 1969 to 1988, and director of the graduate studies program beginning in 1979. He resumed his teaching there in 1995 as Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Throughout his academic career he stayed involved in preaching, teaching laypeople and other pastoral ministry.

He was the author of numerous studies and commentaries on the New Testament, including Worship in the Early Church, the volume on Philippians in The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, and 2 Corinthians and James in the Word Biblical Commentary, for which he also served as New Testament editor.

Reid (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior editor for reference and academic books at InterVarsity Press, where he has worked since 1986. He was the developmental editor for IVP's award-winning New Testament dictionaries, and has also written his own academic studies, including God Is a Warrior, cowritten with Tremper Longman III (Zondervan). Reid also teaches at the Seattle, Washington extension campus of Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Table of Contents

Preface
How to Use This Dictionary
Abbreviations
Transliterations
List of Contributors
Dictionary Articles
Pauline Letters Index
Subject Index
Articles Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    Massive...Excellent...Worth the Price

    Another extremely helpful dictionary from IVP and Dr. Daniel Reid. A tremendous work that provides a vast array of scholarly articles on issues related to the Pauline corpus. The only reservation I have is that most of the articles on the law, justification, first-century Judaism, etc, seem to be slanted toward the 'New Perspective on Paul.' This paradigm is dubious, so I wish the editors would have left the 'New Perspecive' as a minority view (although it is quickly gaining popularity in scholarly circles). At any rate, this is a great work that I highly recommend.

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