The ‘Dictionary of Paul and his letters’ is a one–of–a–kind reference work. Following the format of its highly successful companion volume, the ‘Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels’, this Dictionary is designed to bring students, teachers, ministers and laypeople abreast of the established conclusions and significant recent developments in Pauline scholarship.
No other single reference work presents as much information focused exclusively on Pauline theology, literature, background and scholarship. In a field that recently has undergone significant shifts in perspective, the ‘Dictionary of Paul and His Letters’ offers a summa of Paul and Pauline studies. In–depth articles focus on individual theological themes (such as law, resurrection and Son of God), broad theological topics (such as Christology, eschatology and the death of Christ), methods of interpretation (such as rhetorical criticism and social–scientific approaches), background topics (such as apocalypticism, Hellenism and Qumran) and various other subjects specifically related to the scholarly study of Pauline theology and literature (such as early catholicism, the centre of Paul’s theology, and Paul and his interpreters since F. C. Baur). Separate articles are also devoted to each of the Pauline letters, to hermeneutics and to preaching Paul today.
The ‘Dictionary of Paul and His Letters’ takes its place alongside the ‘Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels’ in presenting the fruit of evangelical New Testament scholarship at the end of the twentieth century – committed to the authority of Scripture, utilising the best of critical methods, and maintaining dialogue with contemporary scholarship and challenges facing the church.
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