Paul, Then and Now

Paul, Then and Now

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Reckoning with the hermeneutical struggle to make sense of Paul as both a historical figure and a canonical muse.

Matthew Novenson has become a leading advocate for the continuing relevance of historical-critical readings of Paul even as some New Testament scholars have turned to purely theological or political approaches. In this collection of a decade's worth of essays, Novenson puts contextual understandings of Paul's letters into conversation with their Christian reception history. After a new, programmatic introductory essay that frames the other eleven essays, Novenson explores topics including:

  • the relation between theology and historical criticism
  • the place of Jews and gentiles in Paul's gospel
  • Paul's relation to Judaism
  • the relevance of messianism to Paul's Christology
  • Paul's eschatology in relation to ancient Jewish eschatologies
  • the aptness of monotheism as a category for understanding antiquity
  • the reception of Paul by diverse early Christian writers
  • the peculiar place of Protestantism in the modern study of Paul
  • the debate over the recent Paul-within-Judaism movement
  • anti-Judaism in modern New Testament scholarship
  • disputes over Romans and Galatians
  • the meta-question of what it would mean to get Paul right or wrong

Engaging with numerous schools of thought in Pauline studies--Augustinian, Lutheran, New Perspective, apocalyptic, Paul-within-Judaism, religious studies, and more--while also rising above partisan disputes between schools, Novenson illuminates the ancient Mediterranean context of Paul's letters, their complicated afterlives in the history of interpretation, and the hermeneutical struggle to make sense of it all.



Author: Matthew V. Novenson
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Published: 06/17/2022
Pages: 264
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 4.00h x 2.00w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780802881717

About the Author

Matthew V. Novenson is senior lecturer in New Testament and Christian origins at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. He is the author of Christ among the Messiahs: Christ Language in Paul and Messiah Language in Ancient Judaism and The Grammar of Messianism: An Ancient Jewish Political Idiom and Its Users and editor of Monotheism and Christology in Greco-Roman Antiquity.