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Paul: A Very Short Introduction

E. P. Sanders

Publication Date - June 2001

ISBN: 9780192854513

176 pages
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A lucid guide to the life and thought of one of Christianity's central figures

Description

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.

Features

  • 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
  • Offers an incisive summation of Paul's career, as well as his role in the development of early Christianity
  • Provides a compelling short introduction to Paul, highlighting him as a missionary, theologian, religious genius, and one of the most powerful human personalities in the history of the Church

About the Author(s)

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

Reviews

"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.

"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

"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

"Written clearly, and the focus is on the most important issues. The 'participation' business is treated well."--David P. Efroymson, La Salle 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
    Index