Paul: A Very Short Introduction

Paul: A Very Short Introduction

by E. P. Sanders


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Paul: A Very Short Introduction by E. P. Sanders

Missionary, theologian, and religious genius, Paul is one of the most powerful human personalities in the history of the Church. E.P. Sanders, an influential Pauline scholar, analyzes the fundamental beliefs and vigorous contradictions in Paul's thought, discovering a philosophy that is less of a monolithic system than the apostle's convictions would seem to suggest. This volume offers an incisive summation of Paul's career, as well as his role in the development of early Christianity. Both lucid and judicious, it is the most compelling short introduction to Paul now available.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192854513
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/07/2001
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 567,902
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 4.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)

About the Author

E.P. Sanders is a Professor of Religion at Duke University.

Table of Contents

1. Paul's mission
2. Paul's life
3. Missionary strategy and message
4. The return of the Lord and the resurrection of the dead
5. Theological presuppositions: monotheism and providence
6. Righteous by faith and being in Christ: Galatians
7. Righteous by faith and being in Christ: Romans
8. Christology
9. The law
10. Behaviour
11. The salvation of Israel and of the world: Romans 9-11
Notes on sources
Further reading

What People are Saying About This

J. Samuel Escobar

This short readable volume is packed with the wisdom and insights of a scholar whose contribution to the field of Pauline studies is respected around the world.
—(J. Samuel Escobar, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary)

Harry Rosenberg

An incisive summation of the essentials of Paul's career and role in development of early Christianity. Sanders highlights key elements in Pauline thought.
—(Harry Rosenberg, Colorado State Univ.)

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

This book is lucid and judicious. It's the most concise introduction to Paul I've seen, and it is excellent as a quick intro at the beginning of a course, preparing the students for further study of Paul's letters themselves.
—(Jeffrey A. Trumbower, St. Michael's College)

Daniel P. Efroymson

Written clearly, and the focus is on the most important issues. The 'participation' business is treated well.
—(David P. Efroymson, La Salle University)

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