An Introduction to the Study of Paul: 2nd Edition (T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies)

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9780567040831: An Introduction to the Study of Paul: 2nd Edition (T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies)

This study introduces its readers to the differing positions and methods developed by contemporary scholars in Pauline studies. By setting out these views, and the evidence on which they are based, it equips the reader to approach the study of Paul with an awareness of the range of current debate and a knowledge of the evidence and arguments they will encounter. After considering Paul's importance and influence, and the important sources for the study of Paul, the book examines: the earliest period of Christianity - from Jesus to Paul; Paul's life before and after his 'conversion'; his individual letters; the major elements of his theology; his attitude to Israel and the Jewish law; new approaches to the study of Paul, including social-scientific and feminist approaches; and Paul's legacy in the New Testament and beyond. This volume now includes study questions at the end of each chapter as well as updated reading lists.

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David G. Horrell is Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of several books, including An Introduction to the Study of Paul (T&T Clark, Second Edition 2006) and Solidarity and Difference (T&T Clark, 2005). He was the editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament from 2002-2007. He is an active member of the British New Testament Society, having chaired the Social World of the New Testament Seminar from 2001-2006, and is also a member of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS). He completed his PhD at Cambridge on Paul's Corinthian letters and the letter known as 1 Clement.

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"This is an invaluable service to anyone interested in further studies on Paul." — Bibliotheca Sacra

'A clear, concise and well-structured book.'
(The Methodist Recorder)

'...it would be hard to find a more useful concise introduction to the study of Paul.'

(The Expository Times)

'Horrell introduces readers to the basic questions in Pauline studies, and acquaints them with the major arguments about the possible answers to those questions. The first edition of the book was required reading in my classes on Paul. This expanded second edition will certainly help anyone who wants to learn more about the current debates regarding the significance of Paul's life and work.'
(Steve Friesen, Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies, University of Texas at Austin)

'A thorough and illuminating guide to the variety of approaches and debates in the study of Paul. This thoroughly revised second edition opens up endless opportunities for class discussions with the inclusion of thought-provoking study questions. This perceptive and lucid introduction presents complex debates and methodological issues in a highly usable format for undergraduates. An indispensable addition to any reading list for courses on Paul and an excellent choice as a main course text.' (Margaret MacDonald, Professor, New Testament, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia)

'David Horrell has written the perfect introduction to the study of Paul. Horrell summarises the key areas with enthusiasm and good judgement, offering pointers to the major scholarship with admirable clarity. This book is ideal for undergraduate students setting out on their study of the apostle's life, letters and thought. Put your other books on Paul to one side and begin here.'
(Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor in New Testament, Duke University, USA)

'The new materials that have been added to this edition clearly enhance its value as an introduction to the field... it is hard to think of any major issues that have been neglected.'

'...a well-written and helpful book that offers a solid introduction to the field of Pauline students for undergraduate or graduate students'

'Like the first edition, this books fills a special niche in the universe of introductory texts on the apostle Paul.' - Christopher D. Stanley, RBL (Christopher D. Stanley Rbl)

'an admirable introduction'

'Discussions throughout are clear and crisp. Diverse viewpoints are fairly presented, and Horrell is generally careful to point out how opposing views both find support in the primary sources. It is difficult to imagine how students could better be introduced to the discipline of Pauline scholarship.'

'students for whom this textbook is assigned will undoubtedly be well served.'
- Stephen Westerholm, RBL (Stephen Westerholm Rbl)

"This slim but substantive volume concisely surveys the many questions raised by Paul's letters and the various answers put forward by scholars. Where there is a clear consensus, the author describes it. Where there is ongoing debate—e.g., with respect to chronology, Christology, or Paul's use of scripture—he generally lays out the best arguments available for each side. One comes away with a better understanding of Paul, despite the author's modest claim that he is simply preparing students to read the apostle with a sympathetic yet critical eye. In addition to useful study questions at the end of each chapter and updated bibliographies, Horrell has augmented the text of this second edition to include discussions of the "new perspective" on Paul, the narrative substructure of his theology, the pistis Christou debate, Paul's ethics, and other topics. Highly recommended for introducing students to Pauline studies.
Patrick Gray, Rhodes College, Religious Studies Review

"Neat and succinct ... well set-out and user-friendly, detailing a range of recent discussions of Paul's career and theology." Pastoral Review

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