Constructing Paul

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Luke Timothy Johnson
The Canonical Paul, Vol. 1
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Eerdmans
    , March
     2020.
     375 pages.
     $50.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780802807588.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

First of a two-volume work providing a framework for understanding the life and thought of the apostle Paul

In this methodological tour de force, Luke Timothy Johnson offers an articulate, clear, and thought-provoking portrait of the life and thought of the apostle Paul.

Drawing upon recent developments in the study of Paul, Johnson offers readers an invitation to the Apostle Paul. Rather than focusing on a few of Paul’s letters, Johnson lays out the materials necessary to envision the apostle from the thirteen canonical letters of Paul and the Acts of the Apostles. Constructing Paul thus provides a framework within which an engagement with Paul’s letters can take place. Johnson demonstrates the possibility of doing responsible and creative work across the canonical collection without sacrificing literary or historical integrity.

By bringing out the facets of the apostle from the canonical evidence, Johnson shows the possibilities for further and better inquiry into the life and thought of Paul. This first volume imagines a plausible biography for Paul and serves as an introduction to the studies in the second volume. Constructing Paul addresses all the pertinent questions related to the study of Paul. Johnson uses the canonical material as building blocks to make a case for why Paul ought to be heard today as a liberating rather than oppressing voice.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Luke Timothy Johnson is Candler School of Theology's Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus. He won the 2011 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity. Johnson's many other books include The Revelatory Body, Brother of Jesus, Friend of God, and The Writings of the New Testament.

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