General Paul

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    Dockery, David S.

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    An Outline of Paul’s View of the Spiritual Life: Foundation for an Evangelical Spirituality

    "The Pauline view of the spiritual life can best be summarized by the statement in 2 Cor 3:17b, 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.' The key concepts in the thought of Paul regarding the Christian life are here expressed: the Spirit, lordship and liberty. The Spirit's activities so widely permeated the apostle's thought that there is hardly any aspect of Christian experience outside of the sphere of the Spirit. We shall examine the main facets of the Spirit's activities by concentrating on both the individual and the community's corporate perspectives of the Christian life."
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    Dunn, James D. G.

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    Paul for Today

    "...[T]hough great 20th century theologians like Barth and Bultmann have laboured long to enable the words of Paul to be heard again in the present age, the dominant impression still persists of a Paul far out of touch with modern concerns, the authoritarian spokesman of a male-dominated paternalism which grates with the values and aspirations of the late 20th century.To Jews, an apostate. To many Christians, a perverter of the simple majesty of Jesus’ message. To churchmen, an uncomfortable troublemaker. To the outsider, an obscure theologian. So, what price ‘Paul for Today’? Does he still have something to say to the contemporary church and world? Does Paul still translate across the centuries? Or is his message so inextricably tied to outmoded world views and social ideals that such attempts at translation are bound to fail? As the title suggests, I want to give a positive answer to such questions."
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    Gaffin, Richard B.

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    "Life-Giving Spirit": Probing the Center of Paul's Penumatology

    "A survey treatment, in short compass, of so rich and multifaceted a topic as the Holy Spirit in Paul is bound to be superficial. A surely more promising alternative is to identify and reflect on those viewpoints in his teaching on the Spirit that are dominant and most decisive. My subtitle reflects certain convictions: (1) Paul had a theology, (2) this theology has a center, and (3) his teaching on the Spirit is tethered to that center/core. These sweeping—and for some, I recognize, debatable—assertions, along with related questions of method in doing Pauline theology, will largely have to be left in the background here. I limit myself to some brief comments."
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    Madvig, Donald H.

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    The Missionary Preaching of Paul: A Problem in New Testament Theology

    "A significant portion of our NT is dominated by Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. His epistles fill more than one-fourth of its pages...The extent of the influence of Paul on theological and Biblical studies is not fully disclosed by a statistical analysis of the NT documents. The Reformation has been termed the rediscovery of Paul, so that Paul can be called the apostle of Protestantism. Pauline theology has become normative. This I want to call into question."
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    Mounce, Robert H.

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    The Contribution of F. F. Bruce to Pauline Studies: A Review Article

    "What then has been F. F. Bruce's major contribution to Pauline studies? It is evident...that Bruce lays before us no new and innovative perspectives. Concern for historical accuracy coupled with a high view of the Biblical text inevitably restricts the role of the imagination, that prime mover in theological and higher critical 'breakthroughs.' Bruce's lasting contribution to Pauline studies is his careful and informed treatment of the life and letters of Paul in their historical, social, religious and cultural setting. The fact that his interpretations are traditional has no bearing on the question of their value for Biblical study."
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    Oss, Douglas A.

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    A Note on Paul’s Use of Isaiah

    "An analysis of Paul’s citations from Isaiah reveals specific tendencies on the part of Paul with regard to both his theological appropriation of Isaiah and the distribution of his citations across a variety of Isaian contexts. The tendencies of Paul with respect to the distribution of his citations from Isaiah is particularly relevant to the discussion concerning the viability of the 'testimony book' hypothesis. In this brief note we will examine both of these matters."
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    Porter, Stanley E.

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    Understanding Pauline Studies. An Assessment of Recent Research: Part One

    "Publications in Pauline studies continue at what appears to be an ever-increasing pace. Although the work is not uniformly of the same standard, it all bears testimony to the continued interest in ‘the second founder of ‘Christianity’, as Wilhelm Wrede called Paul (not without some merit). This two-part study attempts to survey and assess a number of works on Paul and his writings from 1991 to the present. In this study, I wish to draw attention to several of the major areas of work, including work in commentaries. I do not pretend to have read everything in Pauline studies (nor would I even want to try), but I will try to offer an informed critique of some of the major works and what they might have to offer a serious student of the NT."
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    Porter, Stanley E.

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    Understanding Pauline Studies. An Assessment of Recent Research: Part Two

    "In the first part of this article, I gave a general survey of Pauline studies. In this second part, I wish to go briefly through the Pauline corpus book by book and comment on a number of volumes that I have come across that might be of interest to Themelios readers. For each Pauline book, I first cite the commentaries that I think may be of use, noting especially their level of difficulty, perhaps their theological orientation, and something about the required knowledge of Greek. Then I briefly discuss monographs and other studies on these Pauline books."
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    Wood, Darin M.

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    The Righteousness of God in the Pauline Corpus

    "The sacrificial nature of Christ’s death is an essential component in appropriating the righteousness of God (Rom 3:24-35). Christ is the manifestation of the righteousness of God and the covenant renewal. Once that has been established, believers are challenged to reconcile their lives to God in order to be 'instruments of righteousness' (Rom 6:13). Believers are said to be 'slaves to righteousness' (Rom 6:18). Righteousness, then, is the foundation for God’s relationship to man (Rom 10:10)."
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    Wood, Darin M.

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    The Chronology of the Apostle Paul: In his Footsteps

    "[D]eveloping an underlying chronology to any historical data is essential. Thus it is with the life of the Apostle Paul...Some have sought to use the Book of Acts as a foundation and build Paul’s chronology upon Luke’s account. Others have abandoned the Book of Acts, depending entirely on external evidence and theological development in his letters. A third position, some have sought to build a synopsis based on both the Book of Acts and other evidences. While none of these may be a completely satisfactory method, a proposed synopsis will be offered in an effort to harmonize the record of the external evidences with the chronology offered by Luke."
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    deSilva, David A.

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    Paul and the Stoa: A Comparison

    "In analyzing the use of common words in Paul and Stoic authors it will be important to distinguish any differences in the meaning conveyed by the term in its context, to inquire whether the meaning of the term is affected by the larger philosophical or religious framework in which it appears, and then to examine the nature of the relationship between Paul’s use and Stoic use."