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The Nordic Paul: Finnish Approaches to Pauline Theology
Aejmelaeus, Lars and Antti Mustakallio, editors

New York: T&T Clark, 2008 pp. xvi + 247. $140.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 374


Description: This book contains essays on the letters and theology of the Apostle Paul from leading Pauline scholars. The majority of the essays are based on papers given in the first Finnish national seminar on Paul held in the University of Helsinki in January 2007. Finnish contributions to scholarly discussion on Pauline theology have been widely recognized as challenging and thought-provoking, particularly in regards to Paulís view on the Mosaic Law and soteriology. Heikki Ršisšnenís view on Paulís inconsistent thinking about Law and other topics has served to polarize discussion among Finnish scholars. The opening essay by Stephen Westerholm outlines the debate and its relation to international discussion. The essays by Heikki Ršisšnen, Kari Kuula, and Timo Laato are fruits of this on-going discussion. Niko Huttunen approaches the question of Paul and the Law from the Stoic point of view, while Risto Saarinen examines its relation to the theology of Martin Luther. Other principal topics include Paulís opponents and methodological discussion. A comprehensive way to analyze Paulís argumentation is sought in Mika Hietanenís essay. Lauri Thurťn examines how Paulís rhetoric must be taken into account when deciphering historical information from his letters. His essay takes Paulís opponents as an example. The opponents are also dealt with by Lars Aejmelaeus and Nina Pehkonen. Their essays focus on anti-Pauline opposition in Corinth and the antagonists in Philippians, respectively.

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

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Review by Erik Heen
Published 9/19/2009
Citation: Erik Heen, review of Lars Aejmelaeus and Antti Mustakallio, eds., The Nordic Paul: Finnish Approaches to Pauline Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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