Justification Reconsidered

Justification Reconsidered : Rethinking a Pauline Theme

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Much has been written of late about what the apostle Paul really meant when he spoke of justification by faith, not the works of the law. This short study by Stephen Westerholm carefully examines proposals on the subject by Krister Stendahl, E. P. Sanders, Heikki Raisanen, N. T. Wright, James D. G. Dunn, and Douglas A. Campbell. In doing so, Westerholm notes weaknesses in traditional understandings that have provoked the more recent proposals, but he also points out areas in which the latter fail to do justice to the apostle. Readers of this book will gain not only a better grasp of the ongoing theological debate about justification but also a more nuanced overall understanding of Paul.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 10mm | 90.72g
  • William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0802869610
  • 9780802869616
  • 109,109

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Simon Gathercole-- University of Cambridge"Reading Stephen Westerholm s sketch of justification in Paul is a duty and a joy. This volume introduces the subject clearly and elegantly to students. But it also throws down the gauntlet to the New Perspectivists. How will they respond?" John M. G. Barclay-- Durham University"Every student wrestling with 'justification' will be grateful for this highly engaging book. Westerholm nimbly develops the mainstream interpretation, while critiquing popular current alternatives (including those by Campbell and Wright). Here is ready ammunition for an important continuing debate." R. Barry Matlock-- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga"Anything Stephen Westerholm writes on justification by faith is not just worth reading; it is essential reading. If you have been led to believe that Paul is only concerned with a Gentile problem, not a human problem; that 'justification' means 'belonging to the covenant'; that 'works of law' refers simply to 'boundary markers'; that 'justification theory' must be eliminated from Paul; then you have not been fully informed. And if being well informed on such things matters to you, then read this book." Douglas J. Moo-- Wheaton College"Justification Reconsidered is a valuable summary and extension of Stephen Westerholm s fresh and compelling arguments about Paul and Judaism in his Perspectives Old and New on Paul. This book engages with key biblical and theological issues in current interpretation of Paul and is marked by a refreshingly clear and forthright style.""show more

About Stephen Westerholm

Stephen Westerholm is professor of early Christianity at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. His other books include Preface to the Study of Paul, Perspectives Old and New on Paul, and Israel's Law and the Church's Faith: Paul and His Recent Interpreters.show more