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Theology of Paul the Apostle
     

Theology of Paul the Apostle

by James D. G. Dunn
 

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In this major new work, James D. G. Dunn brings together more than two decades of vigorous and creative work on interpreting the letters of Paul into an integrated, full-scale study of Paul’s thought.

Using Paul’s letter to the Romans as the foundation for constructing a fuller exposition of Paul’s whole theology, Dunn’s thematic treatment clearly describes

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In this major new work, James D. G. Dunn brings together more than two decades of vigorous and creative work on interpreting the letters of Paul into an integrated, full-scale study of Paul’s thought.

Using Paul’s letter to the Romans as the foundation for constructing a fuller exposition of Paul’s whole theology, Dunn’s thematic treatment clearly describes Paul’s teaching on such topics as God, humankind, sin, christology, salvation, the church, and the Christian life. In the process Dunn engages in a concise way what other important scholars have said regarding each area of inquiry.

This book, James Dunn’s magnum opus, represents a major contribution to the ongoing discussion regarding what Paul’s theology is and what its continuing relevance is to the study and practice of religion and theology.

Editorial Reviews

America
"The execution of the project is "vintage Dunn"—clear, detailed, well informed, logically presented and persuasively argued."
Choice
"A comprehensive, systematic, and historically sensitive presentation of the theology of the apostle Paul, using his epistle to the Romans as the organizing basis. The result is easily the best treatment in English of Paul's wide-ranging and highly influential Christian theology.... Interacting with a remarkably wide range of scholarly literature on Paul, Dunn treats Paul's theology not as a mere historical artifact, but rather as an original perspective on some of the fundamental questions about reality and human existence.... Highly recommended for all collections supporting theology, religion, or history."
Theological Studies
"Dunn is one of the most influential and prolific commentators on Paul....This book is the culmination of years of thought and study on Paul, and the results are worthy of those years.... The book as a whole is a remarkable achievement. It is, first of all, very accessible. Although there are lengthy bibliographies at the beginning of each section and copious footnotes, the text itself is not a dialogue with secondary literature but a dialogue with Paul and his letters. Dunn admirably keeps his focus throughout the book. This means that theologians and educated lay people, in addition to biblical scholars, can read this book with great profit but without being exhausted by it....He engages in a real dialogue with Paul over issues which are of importance not only for the first century but also for our own. That interest in Paul gives the book immediacy and a liveliness which consistently engages the reader.... Dunn's has given us probably the best theology of Paul since Bultmann's treatment in his Theology of the New Testament."
Theology Today
"James D. G. Dunn is no stranger to those who follow biblical studies. His two-volume commentary on Romans, his two books on Galatians, plus countless seminal articles over the past three decades have marked him as one of the foremost interpreters of Paul's letters in this generation. Now comes this massive volume, in which Dunn does what few since Bultmann have dared to attempt, that is, to provide a full-scale, in-depth exposition of the apostle's theology. Where others have been intimidated, he boldly moved forward, with appropriate modesty and grace.... Dunn's work...is impressive. He is a careful reader of texts, and though he may have been tempted to refer the reader to interpretations previously presented in his commentaries, he regularly resists the urge and provides strong exegetical warrants to support the case he is making..... It is clear that Dunn has made a significant contribution to Pauline studies."
Religious Studies Review
Dunn has pulled together the results of over twenty years' worth of research and writing on Paul's letters into an integrated, in-depth, and insightful study of the apostle's theology.... Since the publication over two decades ago of E. P. Sanders' Paul and Palestinian Judaism.... There has been a great need for a fresh, comprehensive treatment of the apostle's theology. This book, Dunn's magnum opus, has more than adequately met this need and will no doubt function as the definitive book on Paul's theology for some time to come.
The Bible Today
This massive study by a superb scholar is likely to remain a classic resource on Paul's theology for many years to come.... Dunn provides the reader with what could best be described as a one-volume encyclopedia or theological dictionary of Paul's thought.... The text itself is clearly and succinctly written, further enhancing the value of this work for students and specialists.
Themelios
A comprehensive theology of Paul that should instantly take its place as the best available in the literature.
Trinity Journal
"A detailed and fascinating work on Paul's theology.... No one who is interested in Pauline theology can afford to bypass this major and provocative work.... As always, Dunn writes in an inviting and interesting way. His freshness and clarity make the work a joy to read.... An excellent Pauline theology.... It will have a long history, precisely because Dunn takes Paul seriously as an apostle, a theologian, a missionary, and a pastor."
Currents in Theology & Mission
"What a marvelous book this is!... A magnum opus on the theology of the apostle Paul.... For the scholar there are innumerable bibliographical references. For the pastor the volume is a rich resource for teaching and preaching based on the writings of the Apostle Paul."
Calvin Theological Journal
This work is clearly a magnum opus, not merely in its size (over 800 pages), but for its importance for Pauline scholarship and the current debates raging in that field. Dunn has been at work in Pauline scholarship for nearly forty years. He has produced a significant number of books and articles..... Now comes this work, pulling together and integrating the years of scholarly work and reflection on Paul. Pauline studies henceforth will have to take account of this work—it could even become a definitive work in the field.... This is an insightful and provocative work. It is worthy of careful and thorough study—and then of constant consultation in further work on Paul and his theology.
From the Publisher
Christianity TodayNumber 10 on the Top 25 Books of the Year list (1905)

Revue Biblique
"A synthesis of great power and beauty. Every page betrays the excitement of dialoguing with Paul. . . In the creativity of its approach, the elegance of its prose, and the passion of its conviction that Paul has much to say to the modern church, it sets a new standard against which all competitors will be judged."

Theology Today
"Dunn does what few since Bultmann have dared to attempt, that is, to provide a full-scale, in-depth exposition of the apostle's theology. While others have been intimidated, he boldly moves forward, with appropriate modesty and grace. . . It is clear that he has made a significant contribution to Pauline studies."

Journal for the Study of the New Testament
"The work is thorough, readable, and well-informed. Among its virtues are its impressive breadth of coverage, its wealth of citation of primary literature, and its judicious interaction with secondary literature."

Religious Studies Review
"Will no doubt function as the definitive book on Paul's theology for some time to come."

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"No scholar since Ridderbos has tackled the apostle's theology as a whole. James Dunn has now risen to the challenge, producing a theology of Paul that will serve as a benchmark for the next generation of students and scholars."

Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"Dunn is ever provocative. . . It is hard to imagine a scholar in the English-speaking world better equipped to compose a theology of Paul. . . He brings to the task not only comprehensive knowledge of Paul, but also an encyclopedic grasp of the secondary literature and the flow of Pauline studies."

Theological Studies
"This book is the culmination of years of thought and study on Paul, and the results are worthy of those years."

Graham N. Stanton
— King's College, London
"Surely this is James Dunn's best book so far. His magisterial, lucid exposition of Paul's thought will be welcomed warmly by scholars, teachers, and students alike. This is a work of outstanding scholarship: there is no comparable book in English."

Paul J. Achtemeier
— Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
"This book is a serious attempt by a widely informed and careful scholar to point the way to finding in Paul's theology an integrated whole, using Romans as the road map for the journey. Using the 'new perspective' on Paul to look in a fresh way at the dichotomy between faith and works of the law, and finding in the apocalyptic notion of 'already/not yet' a key concept, Dunn proposes a way of approaching Paul's theological thought that enables him to find not only theological coherence but also ethical integration. Any such attempt is bound to provoke discussion both pro and con, but it is an attempt that all who are interested in Paul's theological thought will have to take seriously. Truly 'must-reading.'' "

C. F. D. Moule
"An exceptionally fine presentation of Pauline theology — detailed yet clear, lavishly documented yet readable: a major contribution to clarification and order in this confused and controversial field of study."

D. Eduard Lohse
— University of Göttingen
"This careful exposition of the theology of Paul is a brilliant piece of biblical scholarship. In due respect to the broad international discussion, James D. G. Dunn opens new insights into Paul's way of interpreting the early Christian message. In demonstrating that the center of Paul's theology is to be found in his proclamation of the death and resurrection of Christ, Dunn explains how the Apostle at the same time remained always aware of his Jewish heritage. This book will be welcomed by all theologians for a deeper interpretation of what Paul has to say in his time as well as today.' "

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780567089588
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Geographers Series
Pages:
846
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars in the world today on the thought and writings of St. Paul, JamesD. G. Dunn is Lightfoot Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Durham in England.

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