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Paul Among Jews and Gentiles and Other Essays

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A sharp challenge to traditional ways of understanding Paul is sounded in this book by a distinguished interpreter of the New Testament. Krister Stendahl proposes-in the key title essay-new ways of exploring Paul's speech: Paul must be heard as one who speaks of his call rather than conversion, of justification rather than forgiveness, or weakness rather than sin, of love ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published August 1st 1976 by Fortress Press
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Nikki
Feb 09, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it
Awesome little book about Paul, the apostle. This book is yet another proof that you cannot judge an author (and his writings) outside the context of their life. Stendahl discusses the specific perspective of Paul in some of his writings, which is critical to understand their meaning. There is debate among religions over the concept of justification (faith vs. works) largely due to the writings of Paul. This book adds clarity to that concept as well as the role of Jews in the early Christian chu ...more
Pete Aldin
Jan 23, 2013 Pete Aldin rated it liked it
I love it when anybody strips away the long centuries of Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism and Evangelicalism in an attempt to get at the real (Saint) Paul and his thought.

Ultimately this book was inconclusive and a tad dry, but I've benefited from his idea that Paul did not major on us constantly battling with sin and guilt which is a preoccupation if what the author calls the "introspective conscience of the west".
Радостин Марчев
Nov 19, 2013 Радостин Марчев rated it really liked it
Ако трябва да опиша книгата накратко - "Новата преспектива върху Павел преди новата перспектива." Първата глава е въведение представящо основната идея на автора - Павел пише не толкова от гледната точка на човек, който желае да представи пътят на спасение само чрез вяра (класическа протестантска опция) колкото с желание да покаже единството на евреите и езичниците в Христос. Втора глава съдържа няколко от основните опорни точки - срещата на Павел с Христос по пътя към Дамаск не трябва да се вижд ...more
Danny Daley
Dec 02, 2014 Danny Daley rated it liked it
Stendahl's work will always be known more for launching the "New Perspective" movement than for the many nuances of his exegesis, and because of this his "opponents" may never give some of his thinking a fair shake, but the work is brief, readable, and well argued. I do not agree with much of the finer points of the argument, as I believe Stendahl was pleading his case more than doing exegesis, but he should be commended for attempting to place Paul in his Jewish context and engaging his subject ...more
Scott
Jul 09, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
Stendahl's book helped to pave the way for new perspectives on Paul, as it questioned many of the traditional readings of Paul deeply influenced by Augustine and Luther, particularly rejecting that Paul was concerned with the problem of introspective conscience. Instead, he was among the first to frame that Paul's major concern, with the doctrine of justification, was explaining the relationship between Jews and Gentiles.

As such, Stendahl's book underpins those works on Paul which have been deep
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Scott Hahn recommends the article in this book named, "The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West."
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Good little book. The most significant part of it (for me) was that he outlined clearly and concisely Glossolalia (speaking in tongues) from a Biblical perspective.
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Excellent in so many more ways than one!!! Highly Recommended!!!
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A great read. This slim volume was worth every minute and then some.
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Krister Stendahl was a Swedish theologian and New Testament scholar, Emeritus Bishop of Stockholm (Lutheran); Professor Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School. Stendahl is perhaps most famous for his publication of the article "The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West."

Stendahl received his doctorate in New Testament studies from Uppsala University with his dissertation The school
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