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Paul the Apostle: The Triumph of God in Life and Thought

Paul the Apostle

The Triumph of God in Life and Thought

J. Christiaan Beker (Author)

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With a new preface by the author, this book posists two pillars as the foundations of Paul's thought: the interaction between coherence and contingency in Paul's interpretation of the gospel and the apocalyptic character of his gospel.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800618117
  • eBook ISBN 9781451409987
  • Dimensions 6 X 9
  • Pages 480
  • Publication Date October 1, 1980

Endorsements

"This theological construction is so imposing that it is likely to become the lightning rod for the next phase of scholarly storms. . . . Both in opening up new solutions to knotty interpretive problems, Paul the Apostle is a major achievement. It should be on the 'must-read' list for every serious devotee of the New Testament."
--Robert Jewett
Theology Today


". . . a full-dress study of Paul's thought, characterized by comprehensiveness, exegetical discipline, theological penetration, and a passion for a responsible contemporary hermeneutic. . . . It will grace our Pauline shelves for a very long time, not least because readers will sense that the theological passions that raged in the heart and mind of Paul incite a contagious resonance in the heart and mind of the distinguished author."
--J. Louis Martyn
Word and World


"This book is a serious proposal by a mature scholar. Its specificity will drive others to investigate the breadth of learning it presumes. Its theological concern is candidly accessible on the grounds of historical and exegetical inquiry. It is a welcome contribution to New Testament interpretation."
--David L. Tiede
Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
    Preface to the First Paperback Edition

    PART ONE: INTRODUCTION


  2. Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles
  3. The Character of Paul's Thought

    PART TWO: THE CONTINGENCY OF THE GOSPEL
     
  4. Contingency and Coherence in Paul's Letters
  5. Contextual Interpretation I: Galatians
  6. Contextual Interpretation II: The Structure and Argument of Romans
  7. Contextual Theology in Romans and Galatians
  8. Tradition and Gospel

    PART THREE: THE COHERENCE OF THE GOSPEL
     
  9. Paul's Apocalyptic Theology: Apocalyptic and the Resurrection of Christ
  10. The Scandal of the Cross
  11. The Dilemma of Sin and Death: Equivalent or Disparate Powers?
  12. The Enigma of the Law: Instrument of God or Servant of Sin?
  13. The Gift and the Demand of Salvation
  14. The Responsibility of Life in Christ
  15. The Church as the Dawning of the New Age
  16. The Destiny of Israel

    PART FOUR: CONCLUSION
     
  17. The Triumph of God

    Abbreviation
    Notes
    Bibliography of Works Cited
    Indexes
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