Introduction to the Study of Paul

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"This study introduces its readers to the different aspects of the study of the apostle Paul. It aims primarily not to present its author's own interpretation of Paul, but to introduce students to the differing positions and methods developed by contemporary scholars in Pauline studies. By setting out these views, and the evidence on which they are based, it equips the reader to approach the study of Paul with an awareness of the range of current debate and a knowledge of the evidence and arguments they will encounter."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review Rhodes College

This slim but substantive volume concisely surveys the many questions raised by Paul's letters and the various answers put forward by scholars. Where there is a clear consensus, the author describes it. Where there is ongoing debate-e.g., with respect to chronology, Christology, or Paul's use of scripture-he generally lays out the best arguments available for each side. One comes away with a better understanding of Paul, despite the author's modest claim that he is simply preparing students to read the apostle with a sympathetic yet critical eye. In addition to useful study questions at the end of each chapter and updated bibliographies, Horrell has augmented the text of this second edition to include discussions of the "new perspective" on Paul, the narrative substructure of his theology, the pistis Christou debate, Paul's ethics, and other topics. Highly recommended for introducing students to Pauline studies.
Pastoral Review

Neat and succinct ... well set-out and user-friendly, detailing a range of recent discussions of Paul's career and theology.
Journal for the study of the New Testament

the book is fully referenced and well indexed... He also manages to combine the virtues of the book with the further ones of putting matters across in a readable fashion...and in a manner which encourages you to read Paul
Bibliotheca Sacra

This is an invaluable service to anyone interested in further studies on Paul
The Methodist Recorder

A clear, concise and well-structured book.
The Expository Times would be hard to find a more useful concise introduction to the study of Paul.
From the Publisher

Horrell introduces readers to the basic questions in Pauline studies, and acquaints them with the major arguments about the possible answers to those questions. The first edition of the book was required reading in my classes on Paul. This expanded second edition will certainly help anyone who wants to learn more about the current debates regarding the significance of Paul's life and work.

A thorough and illuminating guide to the variety of approaches and debates in the study of Paul. This thoroughly revised second edition opens up endless opportunities for class discussions with the inclusion of thought-provoking study questions. This perceptive and lucid introduction presents complex debates and methodological issues in a highly usable format for undergraduates. An indispensable addition to any reading list for courses on Paul and an excellent choice as a main course text.

David Horrell has written the perfect introduction to the study of Paul. Horrell summarises the key areas with enthusiasm and good judgement, offering pointers to the major scholarship with admirable clarity. This book is ideal for undergraduate students setting out on their study of the apostle's life, letters and thought. Put your other books on Paul to one side and begin here.


an admirable introduction... Discussions throughout are clear and crisp. Diverse viewpoints are fairly presented, and Horrell is generally careful to point out how opposing views both find support in the primary sources. It is difficult to imagine how students could better be introduced to the discipline of Pauline scholarship... students for whom this textbook is assigned will undoubtedly be well served.
Bruce Longenecker

This Introduction to the Study of Paul, written by one of fairest and most judicious of scholars, is a handy point of access into Pauline studies, offering a trustworthy overview of current issues in the interpretation of Paul and his letters.
Edward Adams

David Horrell's An Introduction to the Study of Paul has established itself as the standard entry point in English into the academic study of Paul. Teachers and students alike appreciate the clarity and accessibility of Horrell's style, his concise yet comprehensive coverage of topics, and his evenhanded treatment of debated issues. The production of a third edition keeps the discussion up to date, ensuring that the book continues to serve as the leading primer on Paul and Pauline scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567081896
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: T & T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Horrell is Professor of New Testament at the University of Exeter, UK.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : Paul the man-mountain 1
2 From Jesus to Paul : pre-Pauline Christianity 2
3 Paul's life : before and after his encounter with Christ 26
4 Paul the letter-writer 44
5 Paul the theologian : the central elements of Paul's gospel 57
6 Paul, Israel and the Jewish law 89
7 New approaches to the study of Paul : social-scientific, political and feminist interpretation 106
8 Paul's legacy in the New Testament and beyond 125
9 Coming full circle : why study Paul today? 144
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