News flash: the Christ “hymns” might not even be hymns. Here’s some recent work arguing for both sides, and the hermeneutical implications.
John Barclay is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. He recently published the blockbuster Paul and the Gift, probably the most publicized book of 2015. This new book, Pauline Churches and Diaspora Jews, collects essays written by Barclay over the last 20 years….
In 1911, Albert Schweitzer wrote Paul and His Interpreters, which not only summarized the history of Pauline interpretation but also located Paul within Judaism. In the last century there has been a stream of different approaches to Paul, from classical liberalism, to a history….
N. T. Wright is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Andrews University and was formerly the bishop of Durham. He has written several books on Paul, including What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?, Paul: In Fresh Perspective, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Paul and His Recent Interpreters, and Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978–-2013 among many other books and essays….
Richard Longenecker is a senior scholar and professor emeritus of New Testament at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. As such, he exhibits a dexterity with a wide breadth of academic sources that springs from a life committed to biblical investigation….
N. T. Wright draws as much criticism as he does commendation. His prolific academic career has given plenty to interact with, and he’s recently added a capstone to his career by publishing his 1,700 page volume on Pauline theology, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Many reviews appeared….
To this date, I think one of the most difficult academic tasks is to learn about Paul’s life and missions. This topic requires memorizing much information, such as the laws of the Roman empire, the geography of the cities Paul visited, the years in which Paul visited cities, the various historical reconstructions of Paul’s journeys, the methodologies for harmonizing Paul’s letters with Acts, and much, much more. If you have never visited the regions of Paul’s journeys, and if you do…
Paul’s Theology of Preaching: The Apostle’s Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient Corinth, by Duane Litfin
Duane Litfin’s Paul’s Theology of Preaching: The Apostle’s Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient Corinth updates and expands St. Paul’s Theology of Proclamation (1994), a revision of his dissertation. This latest version, which Litfin calls the “final” one, the one….