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Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans
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In his study of Paul, Stephen Westerholm suggests that despite the unparalleled influence the apostle has exercised over the last two thousand years, he is little understood by contemporary readers because they often read the Pauline Epistles from the largely unconsidered presuppositions of modern culture. To counter that perspective, Westerholm proposes investigating the mindset of Paul himself.
Westerholm's well-crafted book presents an insightful survey of the apostle's thought world. It focuses on the Epistle to the Romans as the most thorough and detailed account of Paul's convictions regarding Christian life and doctrine. Westerholm uses the letter as a guide to the themes that were most important for the apostle, revealing the fundamental elements of Paul's thought and the Jewish tradition from which it emerged. Following the thematic approach of the epistle, he considers each subject in the order it was taken up by Paul. Along the way, he delves into the writings of the Old Testament and their influence on Paul, presenting the issues in a manner that will challenge contemporary readers to rethink their ideas about faith, belief, and the life well lived.
"If C. S. Lewis had been a biblical scholar, he would have written a book like this one. Westerholm combines scholarly precision, delightful prose, and a sympathetic reading of Paul to produce a book that is difficult for anyone--whether scholar, student, or curious inquirer--to put down."
Frank Thielman, Beeson Divinity School
"This is a sparkling introduction to Paul's thought, written with uncommon verve. Westerholm uncovers the gap between Paul's presuppositions and those of the modern West but provokes us into taking Paul seriously and widening our limited horizons. Students will find this an engaging guide to Paul in general and Romans in particular; scholars will be challenged to match Westerholm's brilliance as a communicator."
John M. G. Barclay, University of Durham
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About the Author
Stephen Westerholm (D. Theol., Lund University) is the author of Jesus and Scribal Authority and Perspectives Old and New on Paul. He is associate professor of religious studies at McMaster University.
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