The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle's Life and Thought

The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle's Life and Thought

by Anthony C. Thiselton


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ISBN-13: 9780830838813
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 02/18/2010
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anthony C. Thiselton is professor of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham. He is known internationally for his work on hermeneutics. More recently he has published 1 Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary and Hermeneutics of Doctrine.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements vii

Timeline of Paul's apostolic ministry viii

Abbreviations x

1 A first obstacle to appreciating Paul: Paul and Jesus 1

2 A second obstacle to appreciating Paul: an ‘immense cut’-new creation 11

3 Apostle to the Gentiles (1): traveller and missionary-pastor 20

4 Apostle to the Gentiles (2): traveller, pastor, letter-writer 29

5 Jesus Christ in Paul 38

6 Paul's view of God and its Trinitarian implications 49

7 Paul's view of the Holy Spirit 58

8 Paul's view of humanity 67

9 Human alienation and Paul on sin 75

10 The work of Christ and being ‘in Christ’ 82

11 Justification and the law 92

12 Why the Church? 101

13 The ministry of the word 110

14 Baptism and the Lord's Supper or Eucharist 117

15 Paul's ethics and views on Christian lifestyle 126

16 Cosmic and human destiny and the present: resurrection, judgement, and the Parousia 135

17 Paul and postmodernity 148

Bibliography 163

Index of biblical and related references 175

Index of authors 182

Index of subjects 184

What People are Saying About This

David Lyle Jeffrey

"Thiselton's richly synthetic yet immensely readable book provides a superb general introduction to St. Paul's life and writings. His masterful treatment of historical contexts and scholarly evaluations includes an unusual sensitivity to the interplay of Pauline criticism with the broader intellectual history of Mediterranean and western tradition, period by period. This culminates in a bracing excursus on the pertinence of postmodernist literary theories to the interpretative tradition of the Pauline corpus which is, by itself, worth the price of the book for a serious student."
David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, Baylor University

Graham Stanton

"In the hands of a master scholar and teacher, Paul's letters come alive for a wide readership. This is an outstanding, reliable guide to the great apostle's life and thought, the fruit of over 40 years of engagement with the thought of the intellectual giant among the first followers of Jesus."
Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Cambridge

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