Paul: A Very Short Introduction

Paul A Very Short Introduction Missionary theologian and religious genius Paul is one of the most powerful human personalities in the history of the Church E P Sanders an influential Pauline scholar analyzes the fundamental be

Missionary, theologian, and religious genius, Paul is one of the most powerful human personalities in the history of the Church E.P Sanders, an influential Pauline scholar, analyzes the fundamental beliefs and vigorous contradictions in Paul s thought, discovering a philosophy that is less of a monolithic system than the apostle s convictions would seem to suggest ThisMissionary, theologian, and religious genius, Paul is one of the most powerful human personalities in the history of the Church E.P Sanders, an influential Pauline scholar, analyzes the fundamental beliefs and vigorous contradictions in Paul s thought, discovering a philosophy that is less of a monolithic system than the apostle s convictions would seem to suggest This volume offers an incisive summation of Paul s career, as well as his role in the development of early Christianity Both lucid and judicious, it is the most compelling short introduction to Paul now available About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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  1. Ed Parish Sanders is a New Testament scholar, and is one of the principal proponents of the New Perspective on Paul He has been Arts and Sciences Professor of Religion at Duke University, North Carolina, since 1990 He retired in 2005

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  1. I got far from this than I was expecting, which is both good inasmuch as I actually think I know something about Paul and interpretations of him and bad inasmuch as I wanted a quick weekend read and instead got a crash course in how to argue with ancient Christians who say all Christians must be circumsized I knew just enough about Paul and the way people understand him to feel that I knew what was going on, but be warned, this is much academic rigorous than most VSIs Sanders is engaged in arg [...]


  2. Paul A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 42 , E.P SandersMissionary, theologian, and religious genius, Paul is one of the most powerful human personalities in the history of the Church E.P Sanders, an influential Pauline scholar, analyzes the fundamental beliefs and vigorous contradictions in Paul s thought, discovering a philosophy that is less of a monolithic system than the apostle s convictions would seem to suggest This volume offers an incisive summation of Paul s career, as [...]


  3. While doing research for a paper on Romans 9 11 and sniffing around in the bibliography to What Saint Paul Really Said, which I read this past year for a Pauline literature class, I came across this slim little introduction E.P Sanders represents a milestone in the history of the interpretation of Paul, and I believe this book sums up nicely what he does in his larger, magisterial works N.T Wright takes up much of Sanders thinking for his own presentation What s addressed here is the long histo [...]


  4. A Great Synopsis on St Paul This books covers a lot of ground for understanding the Apostle Paul and the milieu that he wrote in The first three chapters covers St Paul s life and background, and then the rest of the book covers the fundamentals of Paul s theology.However, this is not just a super basic book on Paul as all VSI s go somewhat in depth into the material E.P Sanders takes the liberty of employing Greek terminology at times to make his point clear, especially on the chapters covering [...]


  5. I came to this book from a humanist and rationalist viewpoint, wanting to understand about the development of early Christian church and how it went from being an obscure Jewish sect, to a global religious power I understood that Paul was one of the key players in this process With this in mind, I found the book disappointing Apparently there was a heated debate in the years after Jesus death about whether Gentiles converting to Christianity had to become Jews too There appear to me, to be fund [...]


  6. An excellent overview of Paul and the main themes in his epistles The book covers the law, the new relationship in Christ, misalaneous topics and explains those such as the experience of the Gentiles with pornea in its particular cultural setting, and the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in a theological and redemptive perspective I would recommend this book as a good starting point for understanding Paul s theology It might make reading his epistles easier He poses questions about Paul s [...]


  7. This was an excellent read This book is a synopsis of Sander s groundbreaking theology on Paul I have already lined up two books to read on Paul as a result of this text.In addition, this is my second book in the Very Short Introduction series I have been impressed by the quality of the materials I look forward to other titles in this series.


  8. So grateful to the friend who loaned me this book It is a very short introduction , but it is also a helpful and well researched one As the book admits, Paul is challenging and confounding Some of his statements are contradictory Sanders scholarship is thorough He unpacks the main premises of Paul s theology in a clear yet detailed manner.


  9. It is a good overview one Saint Paul his life, preach and theology.His distinction between the Jews and Gentiles was interesting.I think it is a good VSI coming from knowing nothing about him to forming a broad idea.



  10. As someone relatively new to and very much interested in the New Perspective on Paul, it was great to finally start to dig into E.P Sanders work I wasn t disappointed Paul A Very Short Introduction is deep, accessible and very challenging One of the major arguments he makes throughout the book is that Paul was not a systematic theologian He wasn t approaching theology from a philosophic and organized perspective where everything he said needed to line up perfectly Rather, he was an ad hoc theolo [...]


  11. A short overview of Sanders understanding of Paul and his theology.The author does well at contextualizing Paul within first century Judaism, attempting to analyze his theology as an attempt to maintain things which he knows to be true regarding God and Israel while making sense of what has changed on account of Jesus Primarily discussing only those works of Paul accepted by liberal scholarship he discusses Paul s life and developing theology especially through Romans and Galatians He seeks to a [...]


  12. I decided to read this book before reading Paul s epistles, hoping the introduction would make Paul easier to read In retrospect, having now read both this book and Paul s letters shortly thereafter, I think this book might function better as an epilogue read after one is acquainted with Paul s writings Having read it without much familiarity with Paul s thought and letters, I found E P Sander s relatively dry discussions hard to follow at times.However, as I review over my notes and highlights [...]


  13. Considering Sanders pedigree, and incredible success with his well known and longer writings, I found this book very frustrating Rather than a true introduction to Paul, this book plays like an introduction to Sanders specific, nuanced views, and because of the short length these views are not demonstrated clearly and very little is shown of how these views interact with far dominant views on Paul over the past century or so I know Sanders views fairly well, and have read some of his other wor [...]


  14. Did you know that when you re reading the English words righteous and justified in Paul s letters, it s actually the same word in Greek It just doesn t make any sense in English to say that we re righteoused by faith This tiny, dense book explains why grammar is important, why Paul seems to contradict himself in Galatians vs his writing in Romans, and why Martin Luther may have been wrong about what Paul thought about Law Gospel I ve never been a fan of Paul, and even my master s level seminary [...]


  15. E P Sanders is a notable scholar, at the liberal protestant end of the controversial New Perspective on Paul To this extent, I can t help but criticize OUP for their choice of him to write a general introduction, since he was never going to give a particularly balanced overview and indeed, he doesn t Having said that, I m personally open to the New Perspective, even if I don t take it blindly Sanders introduction is fairly helpful of its presentation of the character and thought of Paul in the c [...]


  16. This is a great, short book for anyone who wants a fresh, scholarly look at Paul and his writing Rather than reading Paul through the lens of Luther and Augustine, Sanders lets Paul tell his own story in the context of second Temple Judaism Paul was a theologian, but not a systematic one Sanders crediby argues that attempts to read Paul as the latter lead only to confusion Instead, Sanders sees Paul as an intensely passionate, intensely Jewish, charismatic, apocalyptic evangelist committed to th [...]


  17. While I fussed about some of the scholarly debates, ultimately this is an extremely worthwhile read We don t have to agree on all the things we cat know for sure but what we can agree upon are some of the distinctions which are clear The Apostle Paul is not to be confused with what Luther or others THOUGHT of the Apostle Paul We need to try to read Paul for Paul as much as we can.


  18. Sanders work on Paul in his academic books revolutionized Pauline studies over the last half century The VSI series is always excellent, and this is no exception A wonderful introduction to recent work on Paul and the so called New Perspective on Paul.


  19. This little book was indeed informative, and offered many good insights into the life and culture of Paul the Apostle, but it was academic than I had hoped, and the language and organization was pretty dry It did make me want to read about Paul.


  20. Like other works in this series from Oxford, this is a concise introduction to its subject, in this case the apostle Paul whose life and work to such a great extend directed the spread of what became Christianity beyond the its origins as a small Jewish sect in Palestine.


  21. Very interesting book Shows Paul s attempt to reconcile logically between God s promises to Jews, based on the requirement to follow the law and God s promises to Christians, based on demand for unconditional faith.




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