The Apostle

THE APOSTLE PAUL was the first and greatest Christian theologian. His profound theological reflection, his'sensitive grappling with all too real human problems, and hisjgutspoken argument and pastoral insight have long fascinated readers of the New Testament. Furthermore, the life and writings of Paul have been the focus of considerable scholarly study and debate, especially in recent years. In this major new work, respected New Testament^holar James D. G. Dunn brings together more than two decades of vigorous and

^Creative labor on Paul into an integrated, full-scale study of Paul's thought.

Using Paul's letter to the Romans as the foundation for constructing a fuller exposition of Paul's whole theology, Dunn's thematic treatment clearly describes Paul's teaching on such topics as God, humankind, sin, Christology, salvation, the church, and the nature of the Christian life. In the process Dunn engages, in a concise way, with what other important scholars have said regarding each area of inquiry. His work represents a major contribution to the ongoing discussion regarding what Paul's theology is and what its continuing relevance is to the study and practice of religion and theology.

Especially outstanding for its transcendence of denominational boundaries and traditional labels, The Theology of Paul the Apostle is also laudable for the warmth of its concern for pastoral and spiritual issues, for its taking up present-day concerns in relation to Paul's thinking, and for its balanced and practical descriptions of the options within innumerable issues in the modern study of Paul. Courses on Paul's thinking could ask for no better main text, and independent readers could ask for no book on Paul boasting greater depth, breadth, and readability.

JAMES D. G. DUNN is the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham, England. His other books include Christology in the Making: A New Testament Inquiry into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation, Jesus and the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus and the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament, and the volume on Colossians and Philemon in The New International Greek Testament Commentary.

Jacket art: Saint Paul in Prison by Rembrandt van Rijn, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany, courtesy of Scala/Art Resource, NY

Jacket design: Willem M'neur

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