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The Divine Christology of the Apostle Paul: Retrospect and Prospect

IVP Academic. May 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781514001141. pap. $30. REL
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This important text profoundly ponders the question of how Paul, possibly the earliest and certainly one of the most important New Testament writers, understood the divine nature of Jesus. Respected theologians and scholars Bruno (founding president, Oahu Theological Seminary; The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses), John J.R. Lee (New Testament, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Christological Rereading of the Shema in Mark’s Gospel), and Thomas Schreiner (associate dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; The Law and Its Fulfillment) are powerful advocates and guides through the complexities of these ancient texts and timeless questions. Their writing is quite scholarly, so this book is best for theologians and seminarians, who will gain insightful analyses and interpretations. The well-organized volume examines contemporary theories of Paul’s interpretations and gives special attention to specific passages from his writings. There’s also a helpful historical overview of trends and changes in Pauline theological thinking, plus charts, appendixes, and study aids.
VERDICT Informative, challenging and ultimately quite engrossing, this highly recommended title carefully unpacks selected New Testament passages. It reveals new facets and offers insights into profound and depthless truths about Paul and his understanding of who and what Jesus was.
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