Category Archives: Apostle Paul

Becoming a New Creation with the Apostle Paul

Shortly after I graduated from seminary, I “tried on,” if you will, the penal substitutionary view of atonement as articulated in the writings of J. I. Packer. Some of you may have read his classic book Knowing God. I read … Continue reading

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Justified by Salvation History: Israel, Covenant and the Apostle Paul

An increasing number of biblical scholars are finding the justification by faith model (JF) unpersuasive as a way to understand the theology of the Apostle Paul. This first came to my attention early in my seminary education (back in the … Continue reading

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Should Christians Celebrate the Birth of Paul, Not Jesus?

Over at his blog, scholar James Tabor directs us to a short article he wrote two years ago: “Should Christians Celebrate the Birth of Paul, Not Jesus?” I find it a curious article. It posits a radical discontinuity between the … Continue reading

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Transcending Moralism and the Freedom of the Spirit

This has been an interesting past couple of days.  My post “Grace, Moralism and Unmoral Christianity” generated more “views” than any of my postings for the past few months, no doubt due in large measure to Fr Stephen Freeman’s recommendation … Continue reading

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Debating the Rights and Wrongs of N. T. Wright

This is a fascinating panel discussion on Pauline theology, focused on the scholarship and interpretive work of the great N. T. Wright.  As the discussion makes evident, Wright’s grasp of the Old and New Testaments and the extant writings of Second … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright on St Paul and the Invention of Theology

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‘Pistis Christou’ and the Doctrine of Justification

One of the great debates today in Pauline exegesis is the interpretation of pistis Christou: should it be read and translated as “faith in Christ” (objective genitive) or “faith of Christ” (subjective genitive)? I addressed this interesting question several months … Continue reading

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A Homily by Paul’s Opponents

In chapter 4 of his Epistle to the Romans, St Paul speaks at length about the patriarch Abraham and how his faith relates to the righteousing of Christians through faith in Jesus Christ. But this is not the first time … Continue reading

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