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Paul and Palestinian Judaism

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In the past three decades reasons have accumulated for a transformation of our whole picture of Judaism in first-century Palestine. Sanders has listened to those reasons; he has done his homework; and he undertakes here to shift the question about Paul's relation to that Judaism into a fundamentally different perspective...
Paperback, 627 pages
Published August 1st 1977 by Fortress Press (first published January 1st 1977)
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Nov 05, 2011 Rick rated it it was amazing
Fortunately the exhaustive footnote references are at the bottom of each page, rather than at the end of each chapter, or even worse, the end of the book. I wasn't sure if i should even list books like this here. If you're into this sort of thing, then you already know who E.P Sanders is, and how many of his works, especially this one, challenged the prevalent Billerbeck/Kittel thinking of the time. This is NOT a Theological approach. This is a historical and cultural approach taking advantage o ...more
May 19, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it
E. P. Sanders does a good job at bringing attention to second temple sources. His thesis though of covenantal nomism is flawed. He cherry picks from the plethora of second temple sources and deals most with text that seemingly agree with his thesis that election into the people of God is by God's grace and the ability to remain saved in Gods community. overall though it is a good and easy read.
Nicholas Quient
I can see why this was a game-changer in Pauline studies. Incisive. As objective as one can attempt to be. Persuasive. A great and insightful challenge to our modern readings of ancient Jewish texts.

Worth your time.

Dec 23, 2016 Graham rated it really liked it
I've been working on this one on and off for over two years now. It's an important work in the recent history of Pauline Studies, launching what came to be known as the New Perspective on Paul (NPP). There are some nit-picky issues which have been critiqued by detractors, and tidied up by other NPP folks who came after Sanders (Wright, Dunn, McKnight, etc.). Sanders has provided many important corrections the predominent readings of Paul and his relationship to Judaism in protestant (esp. Luther ...more
James Korsmo
Few books have impacted biblical studies in the past decades more than E. P. Sanders' Paul and Palestinian Judaism. This groundbreaking book has been instrumental in a reevaluation of many long-held presuppositions about Judaism at the time of Paul and Jesus, and about how Paul related to that heritage. I've long heard it referred to, cited, and criticized, so I thought it was finally time that I read it for myself. And I'm extremely glad I did.

First, a word about my reading, which was a bit sel
Jun 29, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it
Sanders painstakingly explores key themes in second temple Judaism from tannaitic writings, Dead Sea Scrolls and various apocryphal works. He builds up the case that Jews at the time of Paul's writings generally had a notion of covenantal nomism, that being a part of Israel puts one in the covenant and obeying the law maintains that status. Transgressions are dealt with via repentance and appropriate temple sacrifice. The concept of election is generally a corporate one including all of Israel, ...more
Chris Coffman
Feb 02, 2008 Chris Coffman rated it it was amazing
The second book in this series of outstanding books with a poignant back story associated with them is PAUL AND PALESTINIAN JUDAISM by E. P. Sanders.

A breakthrough book on the subject, it is dedicated “In memory of Susan Phillips, July 2 1947 – September 26 1975.

PAUL AND PALESTINIAN JUDAISM was so important because it was really the first major work to get both Christian and Jewish scholars focused on the deep and complex links between first century Judaism and the first century heresy of Judai
Tsun Lu
Dec 02, 2012 Tsun Lu rated it it was ok
REVIEW Sanders, E. P. Paul and Palestinian Judaism. London: SCM, 1977.

Sanders is credited for his thesis of “covenantal nomism” in the first-century Palestinian Judaism as a religion of God’s gracious election of Israel people and the promise of collective redemption.

Sanders argued that the traditional Christian interpretation that Paul’s polemics being against Rabbinic legalism was misunderstanding, and the interpretation of Paul’s doctrines was misguided by a level of individualism that was n
Josh Washington
Sanders’ book is a watershed in studies on Judaism and will be remembered for a long time. In light of his work he has deepened my understanding of Judaism, consequently the Old and New Testaments.

The book is long and academic. It engages with large amounts of scholarly material. So I wouldn’t encourage mainstream Christians to read it.

That being said, I’d recommend this book to theologically educated Christians interested in getting a first-hand view of Sanders work. Too many people simply dism
Classic formulation of the New Perspective on Paul. Sanders offers the groundbreaking work which sets the stage for Dunn and Wright. He draws his roots from Bultmann, Schweizer, and other form critics but overturns their representation of Palestinian Judaism.

This work is a true representation of meticulous scholarship. Yet one is left wondering, at the conclusion, whether Sanders fully understood the implications of his conclusion and how that might be implemented accurately. His study of Paul l
Brent Hudson
Jul 08, 2012 Brent Hudson rated it liked it
Great book. I would rated it higher if Sanders had given some credit to other scholars who previously had published similar ideas about Paul's relationship with Judaism. A tip of the hat to R.N. Longenecker for his "Paul, apostle of liberty" published in the 60's would have seemed appropriate. Nevertheless, this is a classic work and a must read for Pauline studies.
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Very helpful book on the New Perspective on Paul.
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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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