Over the course of his academic career, John M. G. Barclay has transformed how we think about Paul. Barclay’s contributions to Pauline Studies reached a new height with the publication of his award-winning Paul and the Gift, in which he presents a sophisticated reading of Paul’s theology of grace within the context of gift-giving in the Greco-Roman world. But where does Pauline scholarship go from here?
Featuring a diverse group of internationally renowned scholars, The New Perspective on Grace collects essays inspired by Barclay’s magnum opus. These essays broadly explore the implications of grace and gift across a variety of fields: biblical studies, theology, reception history, and theology in practice. Topics include:
• Paul’s soteriology • The role of grace in Paul’s life and ministry • Implications of the New Perspective on Paul • Divine giving in the Gospels • Gift-giving and Christian aesthetics • Interpretations of Pauline grace from the patristic period to the present • Self-giving and self-care • Grace and ministry in marginalized communities
The New Perspective on Grace is essential reading for all students and scholars who want to understand the current state of Pauline scholarship.
Contributors: Edward Adams, Dorothea H. Bertschmann, Ben C. Blackwell, David Briones, Marion L. S. Carson, Stephen J. Chester, Susan Grove Eastman, Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Simon Gathercole, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, John K. Goodrich, Judith M. Gundry, Jane Heath, David G. Horrell, Jonathan A. Linebaugh, Joel Marcus, Orrey McFarland, Dean Pinter, Todd D. Still, Paul Trebilco, Michael Wolter
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations Introduction Part 1: Pauline Theology 1. Justice, Love, and the Gift: The Logic of Pauline Soteriology, by Troels Engberg-Pedersen 2. Tuesday’s Child: Paul as Full of Grace, by Todd D. Still 3. Gift and Reward: Another Look at Romans 4:4–5, by Simon Gathercole 4. “For with the Heart One Believes unto Righteousness” (Romans 10:10): About a Characteristic Trait of Paul’s Theology, by Michael Wolter 5. The Circularity of Grace: Romans 11:33–36 in Retrospect and Prospect, by David E. Briones 6. Eating with the Enemy in Antioch: Jews, Gentiles, and God’s Grace in Christ (Galatians 2:11–14), by Judith M. Gundry 7. According to the Riches of His Grace: The Drama of Divine Beneficence in Ephesians, by John K. Goodrich Part 2: Contextual and Canonical Conversations 8. Grace and Reciprocity in Matthew 5:38–48: Comparison and Contrast with Jewish Interpretations of Leviticus 19:18, by Joel Marcus 9. Gift and Reciprocity in John’s Gospel: A Lens through Which to Read the Farewell Discourses, by Paul Trebilco 10. Gift and Grace in 1 Peter: Unjust Suffering and Reciprocated Charis, by David G. Horrell 11. Charis as Aesthetic Delight: Manifesting the Christ-Charis in the New Testament, by Jane Heath Part 3: Reception History and Theology 12. Justification by Faith in Cyril of Alexandria: Life within the Incongruity and Efficacy of Grace, by Ben C. Blackwell 13. Paul’s Gift: The Language of Judgment and the Logic of Gift in Romans and Julian of Norwich, by Susan Grove Eastman 14. “Works Themselves Are a Part of Grace”: John Calvin’s Interpretation of Ephesians 2:8–10, by Stephen J. Chester 15. “That Grace Should Come into Its Own”: Romans 12:1–8 in and with Karl Barth’s Römerbrief, by Beverly Roberts Gaventa 16. The Uglier Ditch: First-Century Grace in the Present Tense, by Jonathan A. Linebaugh Part 4: Pastoral Conversations 17. Sacrifice—The Gift That Hurts? Exploring the Costly Gift as Part of Christian Discipleship, by Dorothea H. Bertschmann 18. Freedom and Its Anxieties: Incongruous Grace and Innovative Communities in Pastoral Perspective, by Marion L. S. Carson 19. Proclaiming the Unconditioned Gift: Preaching Christ in the First and Twenty-First Centuries, by Orrey McFarland 20. The Gift of Friendship in Pastoral Ministry: Philippians, Grace, and Friendship, by Dean Pinter Bibliography List of Contributors Indexes
Edward Adams is professor of New Testament Studies at King’s College London.
Dorothea H. Bertschmann is tutorial fellow for Biblical Studies at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, England and a honorary fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.
Stephen J. Chester is the Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.
Jonathan A. Linebaugh is Anglican Chair of Divinity and Professor of New Testament at the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University.
Todd D. Still is the Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and the William M. Hinson of Christian Scriptures at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.
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