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Divine and Human Agency in Paul and His Cultural Environment
Barclay, John M.G. and Simon Gathercole, editors

New York: T&T Clark, 2008 pp. x + 208. $44.95


Description: Since the work of E.P. Sanders, most modern approaches to this topic have been focused on social or sociological aspects of the issue (particularly in relation to Paul's mission to the Gentiles), but the last few years have seen an increasing willingness to open up questions seemingly 'settled' in the New Perspective, and a renewed desire to examine the structures of theology concerning grace and human action both in Paul and in his contemporary Judaism. It seems now worthwhile to examine to what extent there was an internal debate within Judaism about divine grace and its relation to human agency, and whether this debate could or did spawn various more or less radical solutions. The aim of this volume is to re-examine Paul within contemporary Jewish debate on this topic, attuned to the significant theological issues he raises without imposing upon him the frameworks developed in later Christian thought.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Thomas R. Blanton IV
Published 11/7/2009
Citation: Thomas R. Blanton IV, review of John M. G. Barclay and Simon Gathercole, eds., Divine and Human Agency in Paul and his Cultural Environment, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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