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New & Noteworthy Books (Pauline Studies)

I’ve recently begun digging into two very exciting new Paul books that were released towards the end of last year. One is “In Christ” In Paul: Explorations in Paul’s Theology of Union and Participation (WUNT II 384) edited by Michael Thate, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Constantine Campbell. This monograph assembles an all-star cast including several who have published significant books on the subject of union with Christ (e.g. Grant Macaskill, Constantine Campbell), and heavyweights in Pauline scholarship such as Michael Gorman, Susan Eastman, and Douglas Campbell. Other notable contributors abound. The publisher’s description is below.

Nearing thirty-five years ago, E. P. Sanders famously stated that the center of thought within Paul’s theology is participatory in nature – which, of course, caused no small debate within broad strands of Pauline scholarship. Sanders also suggested that we have no modern conception of what this thought might mean for us today. These two axioms of Sanders loosely organize the essays in this volume which seek to explore the complex notions of union and participation within Pauline theology through exegesis, highlights in reception history, and theological reflection. This collection of essays aims at teasing out the complex web of meaning conveyed through Paul’s theological vision of union and participation – both in their relationship and in their distinction with one another. Taken as a whole, this edited volume constitutes a multi-disciplinary reflection and exploration of Paul’s theological vision of participation and union. But it is precisely as a multi-disciplinary exploration that this volume hopes to chart new ground and make new connections within Pauline thought with the hope that further research might contest and/or clarify its findings.

The second is Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo. My Facebook and Twitter feeds were abuzz about this the night the festschrift was presented to Moo at ETS. I’m always excited when a festschrift is presented to a scholar that I have long appreciated, but I don’t usually gravitate towards reading them. However, I knew I had to read Moo’s. Where do I even begin giving reasons? His NICNT on Romans was the first commentary I ever bought, which solidified him in my list of favorite biblical scholars very early on in my Christian life. I suppose the facts that I love Pauline studies and that I’m solidly OPP make it more than obvious why I so appreciate Moo. But regardless of one’s perspective (hah!) on Paul, it’s undeniable that Moo is one of the most capable Pauline scholars of our time; this can be seen in the somewhat surprising presence of essays by Wright and Dunn. This book is really a must-read for Pauline nerds, especially those of the OP persuasion. Amazon does not yet have the “look inside” feature for the book, so you can check out this post by one of the editors for the TOC and some other tidbits.

Here is a video of the festschrift being presented to Dr. Moo.


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  1. Good stuff!



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