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Paul Among Jews and Gentiles and Other Essays

Paul Among Jews and Gentiles and Other EssaysPaul Among Jews and Gentiles and Other Essays by Krister Stendahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stendahl's book helped to pave the way for new perspectives on Paul, as it questioned many of the traditional readings of Paul deeply influenced by Augustine and Luther, particularly rejecting that Paul was concerned with the problem of introspective conscience. Instead, he was among the first to frame that Paul's major concern, with the doctrine of justification, was explaining the relationship between Jews and Gentiles.

As such, Stendahl's book underpins those works on Paul which have been deeply influential on my in the last seven years. So, reading this book at this time was more confirmation of already held ideas, but it was still a joy to read.

Primarily a joy because Stendahl is such a good writer and a joyful, playful, generous personality comes through in his writing.

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