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Paul: An Outline of His Theology

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Now back in print in a beautiful new paperback edition, this study by one of Europes foremost New Testament scholars provides a comprehensive exposition of the teaching of the apostle Paul. / Firmly grounded in a careful exegesis of the biblical text and crafted with constant reference to the wealth of scholarly study of Pauls writings, this volume is a standard for interp ...more
Paperback, 587 pages
Published September 11th 1997 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published October 1975)
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Steven Wedgeworth
This book claims to have been translated into English. I remain unconvinced. Still, this is a heavyweight book of mid-2ith century Reformed Biblical theology. Much of the best of the NPP was anticipated in Ridderbos without the bad. I'm not fully satisfied with all of Ridderbos, but he's still a measuring stick.
This is one of those theology books that you ought to read if you want to be a theologian. Ridderbos systematizes Paul, and that has real value for theology. It has some drawbacks, too, which I'll get to in a few paragraphs.

While I read this book from cover to cover over nearly four months (about 6 pages a day, resting on Sundays), the real value of the book is as a reference volume, and not one to read through. It isn't a commentary per se, but it helps you grasp what Paul was getting at topica
Jacob Aitken
This book was the godfather of soul in making the discipline of biblical theology both exciting and orthodox. Ridderbos correctly noted unifying themes in Paul and resisted the urge to comparmentlize Paul and treat him like a professor of Systematic Theology. Rather than offering a full review of each part of the book, I'll set forth some conclusions from the book:

1. When Christ came he inaugurated the new eschatological time of salvation, marking a new re-creation of the world via Christ's deat
Tsun Lu
The beginning chapter of Ridderbos' Paul: An Outline of His Theology is a very significant introduction in light he uncovers the various non-Christian philosophical influences and agenda behind multiple approaches to the Pauline studies where a "widespread group of interpreters, highly differentiated among themselves, who endeavor to understand the Pauline gospel in its original meaning and purport without subjecting its content to a previously determined hermeneutical principle" (p. 42).

Let's be honest. This was a THICK book. Nearly 600 pages of dense, dutch reformed thinking on the doctrine of Paul in the new testament. And I didn't make it through.

I started this book because of a class I am taking on ItunesU, which calls the student to read chapter 3, but I grew ambitious enough to try and tackle the whole thing. I made it about 300 pages. Which, I believe, is a colossal feat!

My expectations of this book were fairly high due to the other book I read by Ridderbos, Redemptive H
About once a year I read the section on Fundamental Structures. It is enough to satisfy devotional needs, provide solid teaching material, and save me from the discouragement I get from the all too common one-dimensional approach that can only hear Paul teaching one thing - a personal-ethical justification by faith. This book is so much deeper and exegetical than typical Protestant reading of Paul. Ridderbos digs into Paul's theology without abandoning his creedal convictions. NT Wright said som ...more
I have not read this book in its entirety, but have read a large section of it.

Ridderbos' work is a translation from Dutch and is sometimes hard to follow. This is partly due to the translation from Dutch to English (the translator did a fine job), but also because he deals with some weighty, complex issues.

This is probably a book that only a person interested in the study of Pauline literature will find any pleasure in reading. If you are interested in Pauline literature, it is an outstanding
Read while deployed. Extremely dense and a book I need to re-read. A very good overview of Paul, and it in no way limits the man, or his theological views. Christ created a new world through his death and resurrection, and Paul correctly identifies him as the second Adam who makes a propitiation for the Original Sin of the first Adam, and this is the bedrock of the Pauline writings. Additionally, we are called to be completely in Christ and live a dedicated life in Christ, ultimately being resur ...more
Adam Ross
Ridderbos is a fresh voice in theological studies, though his book is many years old. While dense reading like Vos, Ridderbos is pure Dutch Calvinism, with a solid understanding of Paul. Though his book is a systematic theology, he emphasizes many things most systematics do not - that Paul was a theologian of the Resurrection, that a, if not the, central theme of salvation is union with Christ in baptism, that salvation consists of accepting Christ as both savior and Lord, and his emphasis on gr ...more
The description offered here in Goodreads says it all. Ridderbos does an exceptional job outlining a comprehensive study on Paul's theology while defending the orthodox teachings that have recently been questioned. This is a dense and difficult book to read but the serious student will be blessed by its deep theological truths. I found myself stopping to worship at several points and highly recommend it to anyone willing to understand the simplicity of Christ's historical death and resurrection ...more
This is book is not for the faint of heart or serial first-chapter-only-reader. I nicknamed this the Encyclopedia Paultanicca (with the additional allusion to the Titanic intended). Ridderbos was a brilliant man, and his 'outline' of Pauline theology is incredibly helpful. For the non-academic, it does take a while to adjust to his writing style (get used to seven line sentences, for example), but this work is comprehensive in unpacking Paul's theology. I found the topical sections on marriage, ...more
This is excellent, all-encompassing book comprehensively details the essence of Paul's theology. Translated from the German, it takes some work to unwind paragraph-long sentences, but it is well worth the effort. I only got through the first two chapters on the general structure of Paul's thought. It may take a summer off, or a seminary course to have time to finish it.
One of the high achievements of the Reformed biblical theology movement. Though sometimes imperfectly translated (or perhaps unskillfully written) and sometimes counter-intuitively organized, this work deserves a significant place among the major twentieth-century studies of Paul.
Michael Jones
I continue to go back to this book when I'm considering various passages in Paul. It's a very good book for starting my thinking in good directions as I'm preparing sermons.
Bryan McWhite
This is a classic. A powerful, compelling, thorough going Pauline theology that gets Paul right. A difficult read, but most highly recommended!
Paul Jeon
This "dated" work is still far more insightful and informative than more modern and seemingly exciting works. An annual read.
Jason Brubaker
Incredible in certain areas but overly nuanced in others. A "must have" book to complete your New Testament library.
Aug 02, 2007 jeremy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nerds, dutch people
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Apart from Bishop Wright, the best study of Pauline literature.
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