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    Bird, Michael F.

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    When the Dust Finally Settles: Coming to a Post-New Perspective Perspective

    "The New Perspective on Paul (NP) is a buzzword that is circulating around the classrooms of NT lecture halls, colleges and seminaries. One can easily trace a spate of articles, books, and websites on the subject detailing its ins and outs...In terms of orchestrating a response to the NP, there is the danger that one may accept the findings of the NP somewhat uncritically simply for the fact that it resonates with the sensitivities of post-Holocaust scholarship. Conversely, others, particularly those of the reformed wing of evangelicalism, may feel the temptation to brush off the NP all too quickly because it grates against their traditional way of reading Paul...The issues are far too complex for a resolute rejection or unqualified embrace of the NP...In view of that, the objective of this study is not to refute or to defend the NP, but rather to appropriate the many fruitful insights that the NP has to offer whilst also critically engaging the more contentious aspects of its position. When the dust has finally settled, hopefully we will have advanced towards reaching a post-NP perspective on Paul."
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    Bird, Michael F.

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    Incorporated Righteousness: A Response to Recent Evangelical Discussion Concerning the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness in Justification

    "In the last ten years biblical and theological scholarship has witnessed an increasing amount of interest in the doctrine of justification. This resurgence can be directly attributed to issues emerging from recent Protestant- Catholic dialogue on justification and the exegetical controversies prompted by the New Perspective on Paul. Central to discussion on either front is the topic of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, specifically, whether or not it is true to the biblical data...In view of this it will be the aim of this essay, in dialogue with the main protagonists, to seek a solution that corresponds with the biblical evidence and may hopefully go some way in bringing both sides of the debate together."
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    Bird, Michael F.

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    The New Perspective on Paul: A Bibliographical Essay

    "This bibliography is my collection, annotation and contribution to the growing mass of literature on the New Perspective on Paul (NPP). It is by no means an exhaustive collection, although I hope it is far more extensive than the average bibliography you’ll find at the end of lecture notes or even at the back of a textbook. There are works that could appear under three or four different headings (esp. when they deal with Luther, Law, Justification and Judaism rolled into one!). I have tried to stratify the various monographs and articles in a thematic way, but some works could easily overlap under different headings."