Theology of Paul the Apostle


Using Paul's letter to the Romans as the foundation for his monumental study of Paul's theology, James D. G. Dunn describes Paul's teaching on God, sin, humankind, Christology, salvation, the church, and the nature of the Christian life.
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Using Paul's letter to the Romans as the foundation for his monumental study of Paul's theology, James D. G. Dunn describes Paul's teaching on God, sin, humankind, Christology, salvation, the church, and the nature of the Christian life.
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Editorial Reviews

"The execution of the project is "vintage Dunn"—clear, detailed, well informed, logically presented and persuasively argued."
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.
"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."
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."
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.
A comprehensive theology of Paul that should instantly take its place as the best available in the literature.
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 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."
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."
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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

James Dunn is Professor Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Theology at the University of Durham

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Table of Contents

Preface Bibliography Abbreviations Chapter 1. Prologue Chapter 2. God and Humankind Chapter 3. Humankind under Indictment Chapter 4. The Gospel of Jesus Christ Chapter 5. The Beginning of Salvation Chapter 6. The Process of Salvation Chapter 7. The Church Chapter 8. How Should Believers Live?
Chapter 9. Epilogue Index of Subjects Index of Modern Authors Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings.

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