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Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis
Allen, Michael and Jonathan A. Linebaugh, editors

Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015 pp. 280. $18.70

Description: Did the Protestant Reformers understand Paul correctly? Has the church today been unduly influenced by Reformation-era misreadings of the Pauline epistles? These questions―especially as they pertain to Martin Luther's interpretation of the Pauline doctrine of justification―have been at the forefront of much discussion within biblical studies and theology in light of the New Perspective on Paul. But that leads to another question: Have we understood the Reformers correctly? With that in mind, these essays seek to enable a more careful reading of the Reformers' exegesis of Pauline texts. Each chapter pairs a Reformer with a Pauline letter and then brings together a historical theologian and a biblical scholar to examine these Reformation-era readings of Paul. In doing so, this volume seeks a better understanding of the Reformers and the true meaning of the biblical text.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by Christopher T. Holmes
Published 5/7/2020
Citation: Christopher T. Holmes, review of Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh, eds., Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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