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Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans

Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans

by Stephen Westerholm
Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans

Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans

by Stephen Westerholm

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Overview

Two thousand years later, Paul attracts more attention than any other figure from antiquity besides one," writes Stephen Westerholm. Why the fascination with the apostle Paul? Westerholm explains that Paul remains such a compelling figure because he was "a man completely captivated by a particular way of looking at life."

Using the themes of the Epistle to the Romans, Westerholm helps readers understand the major components of Paul's vision of life. He delves into the writings of the Old Testament, explores their influence on Paul, and engages contemporary readers in a thought-provoking reconsideration of their own assumptions about faith, theology, and ethics.

This insightful introduction gives postmodern readers, especially those with little or no biblical background, a necessary big-picture look at Paul's view of reality.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441231789
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 166
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

Stephen Westerholm is the author of Jesus and Scribal Authority and Israel's Law and the Church's Faith. He is professor of early Christian studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Stephen Westerholm (DTheol, Lund University) is professor of early Christian studies emeritus at McMaster University. He is the author of Justification Reconsidered, Understanding Paul, Perspectives Old and New on Paul, and Jesus and Scribal Authority.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Commission and Its Context: Romans 1:1-15
2. Intuitions of Goodness-and Divine Tzedakah: Romans 1:16-17
3. War against Goodness: Romans 1:18-32
4. Israel Joins the Fray: Romans 2:1-3:20
5. The Divine Counter: Romans 3:21-31
6. Faith's Awakening: Romans 4:1-25
7. Just Cause for Joy: Romans 5:1-11
8. Freedom versus Freedom: Romans
5:12-6:23
9. The Goals and Goodness of the Law: Romans 7:1-8:13
10. At Home in the Cosmos: Romans 8:14-39
11. The Triumph of God in History: Romans
9:1-11:36
12. On Living the Good Life: Romans 12:1-16:27

Index

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