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Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters
Hill, Wesley

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015 pp. xiv + 210. $ 26.00


Description: Paul's ways of speaking about God, Jesus, and the Spirit are intricately intertwined: talking about any one of the three, for Paul, implies reference to all of them together. However, much current Pauline scholarship discusses Paul's God-, Christ-, and Spirit-language without reference to trinitarian theology. In contrast to that trend, Wesley Hill argues in this book that later, post-Pauline trinitarian theologies represent a better approach, opening a fresh angle on Paul's earlier talk about God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit. Hill looks critically at certain well-known discussions in the field of New Testament studies ó those by N. T. Wright, Richard Bauckham, Larry Hurtado, and others ó in light of patristic and contemporary trinitarian theologies, resulting in an innovative approach to an old set of questions. Adeptly integrating biblical exegesis and historical-systematic theology, Hill's Paul and the Trinity shows how trinitarian theologies illumine interpretive difficulties in a way that more recent theological concepts have failed to do.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Edmon L. Gallagher
Published 8/3/2017
Citation: Edmon L. Gallagher, review of Wesley Hill, Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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