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The State of Pauline Studies

A Survey of Recent Research

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In every generation, the study of Paul evolves with new insights and questions. This enigmatic ancient figure continues to ignite interesting conversations and vigorous debates.

Complementing the successful The State of New Testament Studies, this book surveys the current landscape of Pauline studies, offering readers a concise guide to contemporary discussions in Pauline scholarship. It brings together a diverse team of leading scholars, providing up-to-date, expert analysis on important issues in Pauline studies, such as Christology, salvation, the Spirit, gender, and empire. In addition, each of the Pauline letters is examined in detail.

This book will serve as an ideal supplemental textbook for Paul courses. Contributors include Ben Blackwell, Dennis Edwards, Timothy Gombis, John Goodrich, Nijay K. Gupta, Erin Heim, Chris Hoklotubbe, Joshua Jipp, Scot McKnight, Peter Oakes, B. J. Oropeza, Angela Parker, Kris Song, Jennifer Strawbridge, Sydney Tooth, Cynthia Long Westfall, and Kent Yinger.

1. Introduction Nijay K. Gupta, Erin M. Heim, and Scot McKnight
Part 1: Topics Related to Pauline Studies
2. Paul and the Messiah Joshua W. Jipp
3. Paul and Judaism Kent L. Yinger
4. Paul and Salvation Ben C. Blackwell
5. Paul and the Spirit Kris Song
6. Paul and Gender Cynthia Long Westfall
7. Paul and Empire Peter Oakes
8. Feminist, Postcolonial, and Womanist Approaches to Paul Angela N. Parker
Part 2: The Pauline Corpus
9. Romans Jennifer Strawbridge
10. 1 Corinthians John K. Goodrich
11. 2 Corinthians B. J. Oropeza
12. Galatians Erin M. Heim
13. Ephesians Timothy G. Gombis
14. Philippians Nijay K. Gupta
15. Colossians Scot McKnight
16. 1-2 Thessalonians Sydney Tooth
17. 1-2 Timothy and Titus T. Christopher Hoklotubbe
18. Philemon Dennis R. Edwards


"This volume is absolutely critical for anyone interested in the serious study of Paul, the Pauline correspondence, and Paul's theology. The expert contributors, from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, document earlier and especially recent developments and their advocates, identify ongoing issues (and occasional hostilities!), and offer thoughts about the future of Pauline scholarship. A collection of substantive, wonderful, and at times lively essays--not to be missed."

Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University

"An edited textbook volume is no more or less strong than its team of contributors. The State of Pauline Studies has somehow managed to assemble the outstanding likes of Dennis Edwards, Erin Heim, Christopher Hoklotubbe, Angela Parker, Jennifer Strawbridge, Sydney Tooth, and more. Together these brilliant colleagues give us an expert guide to the current state of play in research on Paul, topic by topic as well as letter by letter."

Matthew V. Novenson, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Written by knowledgeable and exciting researchers, this easy-to-navigate resource provides a wealth of insight. Students will find both an overview of key issues and introductions to the major players, so that they can keep reading. For anyone who feels daunted when approaching the voluminous and intense field of Pauline studies, this is a great place to begin."

Amy Peeler, Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College

"What's been happening in Pauline studies, and where are we now in the study of the apostle Paul? Gupta, Heim, and McKnight have called together a group of leading Pauline scholars who guide us into the heart of contemporary discussions about the apostle. The book is an authoritative road map to current debates about key topics in Pauline studies and about each book in the Pauline corpus. An indispensable and highly recommended guide!"

Paul Trebilco, professor of New Testament studies, Theology Programme, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

"Studying Paul remains a vibrant, dynamic, bewildering, and frenetic enterprise. This erudite compilation is a most welcome moment of stillness for those of us unable to curb our ceaseless fascination with the apostle to the gentiles. These essays allow us to catch our breath, survey novel approaches, give attention to diverse voices, and reexamine the interpretive landscape of Paul, raising new queries and revisiting some old ones with additional clarity. In these pages, Paul the Jew, the Messiah-follower, the community builder, the social reformer, and the letter writer is reigniting significant questions for the academy, the church, and the world."

Andrew K. Boakye, lecturer in New Testament, University of Manchester

The Authors

  1. Nijay K. Gupta
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    Nijay K. Gupta

    Nijay K. Gupta (PhD, Durham University) is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary. He is cohost of the Slow Theology podcast, founder of the Crux Sola blog, and has written numerous books, including Tell Her...

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  2. Erin M. Heim

    Erin M. Heim

    Erin M. Heim (PhD, University of Otago) is tutor in biblical studies at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, in Oxford, England. She received the Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise for Adoption in Galatians and Romans and...

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  3. Scot McKnight
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    Scot McKnight

    Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker, is a visiting professor at Houston Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Centre, United Kingdom. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than...

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