Interpreting the Pauline Epistles, 2nd Edition

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"The new, updated edition of Tom Schreiner's excellent little book will be a boon to those who want to be responsible interpreters of Scripture. Those who read and heed this practical handbook will be in a strong position to feed the flock of Christ."--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
 
Leading Pauline-studies expert Thomas Schreiner provides an updated guide to the exegesis of the New Testament epistles traditionally assigned to Paul. The first edition helped thousands of students dig deeper into studying the New Testament epistles. This new edition is revised throughout to account for changes in the field and to incorporate the author's maturing judgments. The book helps readers understand the nature of first-century letters, do textual criticism, investigate historical and introductory issues, probe theological context, and much more.
 
Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
1. Understanding the Nature of Letters
2. Doing Textual Criticism
3. Translating and Analyzing the Letter
4. Investigating Historical and Introductory Issues
5. Diagramming and Conducting a Grammatical Analysis
6. Tracing the Argument
7. Doing Lexical Studies
8. Probing the Theological Context
9. Delineating the Significance of Paul's Letters
Conclusion
Select Commentaries on the Pauline Epistles

Endorsements

"This is a wonderfully clear and thorough guide. Schreiner draws on his decades of scholarship to paint a 'big picture' of how to read Paul's Letters. At the same time, he breaks the reading process down into smaller steps, and he illustrates those steps with numerous examples. For students who want to move from guesswork and random dabbling to informed, life-changing engagement with the divinely inspired writings of the apostle Paul, there is no better starting place."--Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

"In a welcome update to a tried and trusted textbook, Tom Schreiner shows us how to find our way around Paul's world, letters, language, culture, and theology. Whether one is deciphering Paul's Greek grammar, learning how to follow his arguments, or studying Paul's unique vocabulary, Schreiner is a reliable guide to the novice and veteran alike. Seminary students will be forever grateful to Schreiner for giving them this book!"--Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Crossway College

"The new, updated edition of Tom Schreiner's excellent little book will be a boon to those who want to be responsible interpreters of Scripture. Although it specifically addresses the interpretation of Paul's letters, its principles are appropriate to all biblical interpretation. Schreiner, himself a masterful exegete, writes with his typical clarity and with the conviction that these writings are the inspired word of God. Those who read and heed this practical handbook will be in a strong position to feed the flock of Christ."--Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary


The Author

  1. Thomas R. Schreiner

    Thomas R. Schreiner

    Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including New...

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Reviews

"Schreiner's approach is typical of traditional exegesis, which pays attention to the historical, introductory, grammatical, and theological elements of a passage. His clear and concise way of presenting the procedure and the necessary factors to be considered at each step of the exegetical process is commendable. As such, this book is accurately labeled a 'handbook on Pauline exegesis,' which may be useful for pastors, but is especially useful for first-year seminary students."

Hughson T. Ong,

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism