Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment (The Library of New Testament Studies)

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Since the work of E.P. Sanders, most modern approaches to this topic have been focused on social or sociological aspects of the issue (particularly in relation to Paul's mission to the Gentiles), but the last few years have seen an increasing willingness to open up questions seemingly 'settled' in the New Perspective, and a renewed desire to examine the structures of theology concerning grace and human action both in Paul and in his contemporary Judaism. It seems now worthwhile to examine to what extent there was an internal debate within Judaism about divine grace and its relation to human agency, and whether this debate could or did spawn various more or less radical solutions. The aim of this volume is to re-examine Paul within contemporary Jewish debate on this topic, attuned to the significant theological issues he raises without imposing upon him the frameworks developed in later Christian thought.

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John M.G. Barclay is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham, UK.

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"This book's strength rests in the mature reflection of seasoned scholars, who provide even-handed conclusions and avoid unnecessary speculation. The broad coverage of texts makes this work a valuable addition to researchers working within Pauline studies, as well as theological studies within the fields of soteriology and theological anthropology...researchers from both sides of that debate will find material within this book both to embrace and critique. Pauline studies are enriched by this compilation of essays on divine and human agency." —J. Brian Tucker, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2008 (J. Brian Tucker)

"These are all fascinating and thought-provoking contributions, and serve to highlight the fact that the issue of the interaction of divine and human agency was of considerable importance to both Paul and other contemporaneous writers. The comparative approach here is of considerable assistance in approaching the complexity and sometimes paradoxical Pauline discourse on agency." Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist 2009 (Gary W. Burnett Journal for the Study of the New Testament)

"This book's strength rests in the mature reflection of seasoned scholars, who provide even-handed conclusions and avoid unnecessary speculation. The broad coverage of texts makes this work a valuable addition to researchers working within Pauline studies, as well as theological studies within the fields of soteriology and theological anthropology...researchers from both sides of that debate will find material within this book both to embrace and critique. Pauline studies are enriched by this compilation of essays on divine and human agency." —J. Brian Tucker, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2008 (Sanford Lakoff)

"These are all fascinating and thought-provoking contributions, and serve to highlight the fact that the issue of the interaction of divine and human agency was of considerable importance to both Paul and other contemporaneous writers. The comparative approach here is of considerable assistance in approaching the complexity and sometimes paradoxical Pauline discourse on agency." Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist 2009 (Sanford Lakoff Journal for the Study of the New Testament)

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